Jones says winning is harder than when he bought the team

AP

As Jerry Jones tries to build a consistent winner, he has taken the position that it’s harder to consistently win than ever before.

“The first night I got a chance to talk about being the new owner of the Cowboys, I said, ‘We’ve got to win, winning is the name of the game,'” Jones said during his weekly Friday appearance on 105.3 The Fan Dallas/Ft. Worth, via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  “That’s really what it’s all about at the end of the day, winning the football game.  It never occurred to me that we would have the challenges that we have, winning the football games.  I didn’t anticipate this league that we’re in.  I’m not critical of it, but boy, is it a balanced league.”

In a roundabout way, Jones is saying it wasn’t quite so hard when former coach Jimmy Johnson built a team that won three Super Bowls in four years, the third of which came with Barry Switzer as the head coach.  While it may not have been any easier back then to build a championship team, it was a lot easier to keep a championship team together before free agency got rolling in 1994.  Marginal contributors and role players on glory teams always before more attractive to other teams, even if other teams are merely hoping to weaken a glory team.

Free agency and the salary cap have smoothed out the talent in the NFL, closing the gap between the best and worst teams and allowing teams to get better as a given season goes on.  Teams consistently get hot late in the year, sneak into the playoffs with a so-so record, and make noise in January.

“When you’re sitting here seeing the teams that are about where we are at 50-50 in that range, and you see the teams that right today could easily be the world champions that have records like that, then you realize how competitive it is,” Jones said.

Those remarks reconfirm his belief that his team can be the team that becomes the team in January.

First, his team has to get to January.  And that’s something his team hasn’t been able to do since 2009.

133 responses to “Jones says winning is harder than when he bought the team

  1. When he bought the team, Jimmy Johnson was there and he knew what he was doing (see: Herschel Walker trade).

    Jerrah, on the other hand, can buy the team but he can’t buy a clue!

  2. Didn’t he also say that he has learned so much and now he is better than he has ever been? And I’m not seeing the balance he sees with such a HUGE number of teams that are .500 or below. To me it seems pretty easy to take advantage of all the other teams that make the same mistakes over and over again, and if he simply didn’t make the same mistakes that other teams make, then he would naturally rise to the top.

    It’s not difficult at all, only if you don’t have the right personnel in all spots within the organization.

  3. The Cowboys being bad is good for football. Love seeing an entitled ass like Jerry Jones get whipped.

  4. It’s harder because as the wins came early on his ego grew 10 fold. Now he’s too much of a power hungry, attention-needing mascot than he is a competent GM. Until he relinquishes some of his authority the Cowboys will not win or even get close to another Super Bowl and since he will never do that, I guess I’m saying the team’s best shot at a championship will come after he’s dead. Not saying I wish that on anyone but I truly believe that is an accurate prediction. And of course even that may not be enough, as his son, Stephen, would assuredly assume control and I see him managing in the same way.

  5. Censors again, curbing free speech.

    Jones should realize it was during that time, that HE wasn’t the one making the player decisions.

    You’re at .500 because you and the other teams suck, not because you’re “competitive”.

  6. Jerry — Go apologize to Jimmy, beg him to come back, and then do what all other successful owners do… let the football guys run your team, while you watch games quietly in your suite.

  7. No Jerry, It’s your texas size ego that keeps you from winning. Hire a G.M. already. This is obviously not working, dummy. One playoff win in the past 10 or 15 years. Duh.

  8. Truly entertaining. You couldn’t make this stuff up.

    It’s harder to win because you’re the GM, Jerry.

    It’s Shakespearean.

  9. It still comes down to coaching and talent evaluation and those are areas where the Cowboys have come up dreadfully short since Jimmy Johnson and then Bill Parcells left.

  10. you mean it’s easier to win when you let the football people around you make the football decisions? You come out with that on your own?
    How this dude became a billionaire is beyond me.

  11. I agree there have been times in recent years when the Cowboys looked capable of making a run for the playoffs. They could have been the 2011 Giants. But they weren’t.

    This season, not so much, I don’t think. The defense is not in the “50-50 range”, closer to worst in the league.

  12. Duh! That’s because Jimmy Johnson was the mastermind behind those championships. Switzer won won by accident with Johnson’s team. Then Jerry has had his meddling hands all over the team ever since…. hence the constant mediocrity.

  13. whatever the excuse, you still aren’t building winners, jerry, and you are right… it’s all about winning. so maybe a change at GM is in order, just sayin’. and can you imagine if a gm said this to an owner? anyone else out there tell their boss that their job is difficult and thus, they might not do it as well as the competition?

  14. Ya Jerry its hard to build a winner when you dont have a bunch of #1 picks that some dumb ass gave you for a past his prime running back!

  15. What an idiot. Maybe it’s harder because you don’t have anyone that can tell you how to do it in the building. GB, NE, Pittsburgh, NYG, Baltimore have all been pretty competitive over the last decade and a bunch of other teams have at least show flashes here and there. And how has your team done?

  16. Say what you want about Jerry, he’s on point more times than not but the bandwagon hate train won’t let facts get into the way. Either ways the league is pretty balanced and this year is one of the closest I’ve seen it. It’s better than the NBA by a long shot. I’d say the NHL but the NHL is pretty balanced too though that’s somewhat artificial due to the low cap.

  17. Might have something to do with evaluating talent:
    1989-91 drafts- Troy Aikman, Steve Wisniewski, Daryl Johnston, Mark Stepnoski, Emmitt Smith,
    Russell Maryland, Alvin Harper, Leon Lett, Erik Williams…pretty good.
    Since then, not so much.

  18. He never ceases to amaze me. There’s just no end to how he sets himself up to the punchline.

    Seriously, he must sit around and think about what he can say to make himself look as stupid as possible.

    It really just never ends.

  19. So what your saying JERRY is that it’s easier to win when you have a competent coach that knows how to build and sustain a championship team without a meddling owner/GM that would rather put stripper poles in his new billion $ stadium than build a seperate indoor practice facility???

    Well DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Yeah, because back when Jerry bought the team, it felt like any narcissistic owner without a clue could win a championship….Oh, how Jimmy Johnson must be laughing is a$$ off at this fool.

  21. I don’t know what is more annoying – the fact that Jerry Jones is so narcissistic that he has to make the entire Cowboys organization solely about him, or the fact that everything that comes out of his mouth is picked up as a ‘story’ by the media.

    Not even a Cowboys fan either. I can’t imagine how bad it must be for you guys.

  22. Tell that to New England, Green Bay, Baltimore, Mannings Colts..

    Winning is EASIER than ever if you have a great organization. Jerrah does not.

  23. Mr. Jones there’s a reason your QB wasn’t drafted.

    There is a very good reason 32 teams YES 32 that’s right… ALL OF THEM including yourself did not draft Tony Romo.

    You tried to make a diamond out of coal and wound up with more coal.

    The longer you take to evaluate coal for coal, the longer you’ll continue to lose games like last week.

  24. Mediocrity disguised as Parity. It’s all garbage. Give me the pre- salary cap era when you could hang your hat on certain teams being good every year, instead of this crap that we have now.

  25. “I didn’t anticipate this league that we’re in. I’m not critical of it, but boy, is it a balanced league.”
    ============================

    Most of the better teams that have sustained success in the NFL take a draft and develop approach. Jerry is not known for that approach.

    If he wants to win, he needs a real GM who can evaluate talent and who likes to draft players, not for their immediate impact, but for their impact in 2-3 years.

    …. and at some point, he has to address Romo’s lack of consistency in big games. He’s a good quarterback that lots of teams would love to have, but for some reason he gets a case of brain farts in big games (very Favre like).

  26. Jerrah’s boys are only one rung up from the bottom on the ladder of NFL success corresponding to expectations. The Minnysoda Biqueens have a 50 plus year lock on the bottom rung.

  27. The man is forced to make excuses. One team wins every year, back then, and now. It just ain’t Dallas anymore.
    Loser mentality.

  28. Can no longer buy all the Dion Sanders in the league to make you look smart.

    No Jerry, you’re on an even playing field with small market teams and right now, the team from the smallest NFL town just kicked your butt with a backup QB.

  29. I actually feel sorry for Cowboy fans. JJ means well but simply because you have the money to BUY your favorite football team doesn’t mean you should try to RUN it. The team will never will another Super Bowl until he either hires a solid GM and takes a step back himself OR he simply dies of old age and his heirs hire a GM.

  30. Why would say Pitt has any better player drafting than Dallas? Pitt is terrible in the draft. And if they were any good they wouldn’t be missing the playoffs for the second year in a row.

  31. When you bought the team, Jimmy Johnson ran it and he in 1989-91 drafted- Troy Aikman, Steve Wisniewski, Daryl Johnston, Mark Stepnoski, Emmitt Smith,
    Russell Maryland, Alvin Harper, Leon Lett, Erik Williams. He let you sit in the room and watch and you decided it was easy and Jimmy got all the credit, and you wanted it for yourself. Since you’ve been GM it has been a disaster. You pick the only defensive back in LSU history who can’t cover, cant tackle, and is made of glass. Never, ever going to win until you hire proffesionals and not the Jason Garretts of the world.

  32. The NFC was horrible for about 7 years from 2000-2006 with the exception of a couple teams where if he could have put a good team together he would have went to the Super Bowl every year. He blew it. Getting out of the NFC to the Super Bowl is very tough now. He may never do it again even with good teams, let alone a team with no defense.

  33. Translation: Winning is harder when you don’t have Jerry Johnson coaching and a bunch of HOFers on the roster. Who would’ve thought?

  34. It’s harder now than when he first bought the team because someone other than him drafted those players! Once he gives up his GM hat maybe it will get easier like before.

  35. This is a good excuse for not winning the Super Bowl. This is not a good excuse for continually missing the playoffs.

    Jerry seems unable to recognize that he’s average when it comes to picking players and coaches. Average doesn’t cut it.

  36. Walker was traded for what turned out to be Emmitt Smith, Alvin Harper, Darren Woodson, & Russell Maryland. Only 2 of those players turned out to be really good, so to me that trade was always overrated. That said, Jimmy Johnson picked the right players. It is the height of comedy Jerrah got rid of the borderline HOF coach & GM, & then wonders why he’s literally mediocre ever since.
    & trying to think, but what magical Cowboy free agent has left the team & went on to be productive elsewhere? Terrence Newman, sorta, but didn’t the Cowboys cut him? Gotta draft well for teams to want your players…

  37. & the same man who just gave Tony Romo a sh*t ton of money I don’t think would’ve had the foresight to trade Walker to begin with…

  38. There is no GM around anymore who is dumb enough to give up a lot of picks for one player. Remember the Hershel Walker trade??? Jerry and Jimmy Johnson lucked out and benefited greatly from that dumb trade made by the Vikings.

  39. jerry don’t listen to your gm! the guys an idiot! fire him right now! hire a new gm that will bring in enough talent so that if your starters get hurt the backups can fill in for them.

    you should fire the team president too. i mean that idiot hired your gm in the first place.

  40. If you’re a Cowboys fan; I empathize with you. Do yourself a favor, put your loyalty and your hearts on hold until this clown is out of the picture. Nothing but heartache and headache in the foreseeable future for the Cowboys fans.

  41. It’s not that it’s such a balanced league. In fact, there are powerhouses that seem to be such year-in, year-out. There are great/good teams, mediocre teams, and terrible teams. The Cowboys are simply mediocre. Flashes of brilliance, but it never leads to anything but excuses.

  42. Jerry, the league has changed since you bought the team but, you have done squadoosh with your GM IQ. For the league’s sake, do what virtually every successful CEO in business does, he surrounds himself with people who are better than he is and let’s them do their job. What exactly do you not understand, having taken America’s team down to America’s late night show?

  43. ESPN is killing the Cowboys brand, but hopefully forcing more entertaining changes. I would suggest bringing in Lane Kiffin and Skip Bayless to call plays. And of course, Tebow or Vince Young after trading Romo to the Texans.

  44. It isn’t that the league is more balanced — it isn’t. It’s that things that used to be a big advantage — really deep pockets — aren’t so important anymore. Things that used to be an advantage — great coaching — are now a huge advantage.

    The luck factor has generally increased, in that injuries have a bigger impact on a team’s fortunes than in years past because of the lack of depth on rosters.

    But the bottom line is that the strong organizations that can recognize talent both on and off the field continue to prosper. The rest of them run around talking about parity, and how much harder things are now.

  45. The three Super Bowls were resultant of Jimmy Johnson. Period.

    Mr. Jones, you are clueless and a stain on the legacy of the Dallas Cowboys

  46. LOL! This clown is the gift that just keeps on giving… a new laugh every day. From his “I was firm in the morning” statement to “winning was easier then” today. I’ve said it before and repeat it again here. The ONLY thing this egomaniac cares about it seeing himself on TV and in print. He could care less if the Cowboys ever win another game as long as reporters continue to talk to him. Never met a mirror he didn’t love, OR a microphone. What a laughingstock. Jerrud Jones and Danny Synder… Cowboys and Indians at their finest! NOT!!!

  47. He caught a huge break trading Walker to the Vikings for a ton of draft picks. Usually GM’s aren’t that dumb but Spielman is the Minnesota GM now so maybe Jerry should try again.

  48. Well, stop comparing Jerry Jones to Al Davis – until Jerry pulls a Carson Palmer or trades the farm for Jamarcus Russell – please. I’m NOT defending Jerry – I think he’s an entitled bonehead who believes he’s a GM and just like Nero cannot see the failure or the fire around him.

    Some folks have to learn the hard way. Go Raiders! (please?)

  49. I can’t be the only one who remembers the infamous and former GM of the Minnesota Vikings. I believe his name was Mike Lind. He traded his entire draft to the Cowboys for Herschell Walker. With that draft Dallas was able to get I think three or four future Hall of Famers. Without that trade, the Cowboys are just another mediocre football team, and Dallas fans are still yearning for the return of Tom Landry. In sixteen years their record is exactly .500.
    You don’t get any more average than that.

  50. “Teams consistently get hot late in the year, sneak into the playoffs with a so-so record, and make noise in January?” Really? Can anyone name one not coached by a man who’s name starts with a Tom and ends with a Coughlin? “Teams consistently get hot late in the year, sneak into the playoffs with a so-so record, and make noise in January?” Really? Can anyone name one not coached by a man who’s name starts with a Tom and ends with a Coughlin?

  51. Until, the owner of the Cowboys, has to begin buying seats to the home games at 34-cents on the dollar, to avoid ego-deflating TV blackouts, very little is going to change out on the Metro prairies. As long as droves of people keep buying jerseys, caps, and DC paraphernalia by the long ton, JJ is going to keep smiling, and issuing non-self effacing releases to the media, and planning more investments. For a mostly unsuccessful team to do as well as it does on the balance sheets, is pretty much unprecedented. The fans can change Jerry’s mind, but only by withholding their fortunes from his grasping fingers.

  52. Jerry Jones is so good for football he replaced Al Davis of old! If he were smart he needs to hire a GM to handle day to day ops. But then if he don’t I’m okay with the Dallas-dysfunction

  53. You know what? I think deep down Jerrah bought the franchise because he HATES the Dallas Cowboys. He’s pulling a fast one over all of us…he just sits and laughs while countin’ his cash.

    Well played sir…well played.

  54. News flash Jerrah……..it’s has nothing to do with when you bought the team and everything to do with who’s running the team. Jerrah’s ego couldn’t stand Jimmy Johnson getting the credit for the SB’s and it still precludes him from understanding why they haven’t won since.

  55. Wait…I thought Jim Irsay was the worst owner in the NFL.!?! He may tweet to much but at least he is smart enough to get out of the way and let football people do their jobs. That’s why the Colts have missed the playoffs only 2 times since 1999.

  56. I think it is shallow to make fun of JJ’s deep capacity for unconditional friendship. He has so much respect, admiration and — yes — love for his general manager it clouds his vision. I bet many of you wish you had such a good friend

  57. Jerry! Just because someone agrees with you doesn’t make them smart! For the love of all that’s holy please hire a professional GM!

  58. Don’ listen to these people, Jerruh. They don’t know what they’re talking about. Keep up the good work.

    Respectfully,
    Your biggest fans: Dan Snyder, Jeff Lurie and the Maras

  59. Never heard a GM run his mouth as much as Jones. He seems more concerned w stroking his ego every other day than anything.

    At some point he may realize it’s more about chemistry and character than talent when it comes to the team.

  60. Jerry Jones is the Wizard of Oz. The problem is Toto pulled the curtain and now he’s really just the little old man behind the curtain. He was all big and bad when Jimmy Johnson ran the team pre hard salary cap days. Once Johnson left Switzer ate his crumbs for 1 season and then hard cap set in and the Cowboys have sucked ever since. To stay relevant the old drunk built this monstrosity of a stadium with video screens so big that over 50% of the people in the building watch the video screen instead of the field during a play. Real exciting football. We call that TV! He needs to get on a Hot Air Balloon and go back to Kansas or Oklahoma or wherever the hell he came from and hire a decent GM before he goes!

  61. I didn’t anticipate this league that we’re in. I’m not critical of it, but boy, is it a balanced league.”

    Ya, you can’t buy a winner anymore, you actually have to know what you’re doing now, Jerrah.

  62. So,it appears once again that the ability to accumulate wealth is not a particularly good indicator of common sense,intelligence or wisdom…pity,considering we have distorted our society,economy and culture to worship,please and abet those who accumulate the most….

  63. First off, it was tremendous good luck and a ridiculous trade that created the Cowboys’ dynasty of the mid 90s in the first place. Jones uses those as proof of his football acumen, but really, a 5-year-old as owner/GM would have won as many Super Bowls.

    They just happened to bottom out at the right time to draft Aikman.

    Since the mid-90s, a few different teams have actually gotten back to the Super Bowl, which blows Jones’ argument completely out of the water.

    The Patriots, the Steelers, the Packers, the Ravens, the Giants…………they’ve all been to more than one Super Bowl under different teams/regimes since Dallas’ glory days; the Packers with Favre then with Rodgers, the Patriots under Parcells then under Belichick, etc.

    And a few other teams, while they haven’t been back to a Super Bowl, have definitely reloaded and are competitive again or still: the Seahawks, the Panthers, the Broncos, and Eagles.

    And the team that won the Super Bowl in-between the Cowboys’ 3 titles, the 49ers, have certainly reloaded, too.

    So basically, almost a third of the league is proving Jones’ statements incorrect.

  64. The man is not an idiot. His primary concern is to build an entertainment machine. Which he is doing. As long as his teams are competitive we Cowboys fans keep coming back for more. Trust me, in two weeks he will fire Garrett then hire someone like Cowher and we Cowboys fans will be driving the “bus of hope” as we watch, yet again, Jerry slowly disassemble it all in the name of entertainment. Sigh.

  65. They could actually win more games if they simply utilize some of the talent that they already have in place. For example if you have a running back that is averaging 10 yards a carry in a game you give him the ball more than 4 times in the second half and stop throwing the ball and run down the clock. But the DEFENSE I believe is on pace to be the worst in NFL HISTORY!!! So when the Cowboys don’t make the playoffs at least they will make the record books!

  66. That’s because the system has changed and you haven’t. You can’t buy winners. You need to be able to evaluate talent. Look around at the good teams. They have GM’s – they don’t trade up – they trade down for depth and talent. Oh and you never hear from the owners of the good teams. They let their people do the job.

  67. Giants fan here. Jerrah, please don’t ever fire your Gm. signed….rest of the NFC east…lol

  68. In other news, people are buzzing about a new invention called “e-mail” that will allow people to …………

  69. This is a classic malady in the privately owned small to medium sized businesses today. The inability or unwillingness to properly delegate tasks and duties in order to take advantage of peoples strengths and abilities while instituting an effective accountability system whereby thing get done and the owner is not “doing everything” or attempting to do so.

    Bill Gates ability to structure his company minus his ego is one of the key factors in Microsoft’s success.

  70. Shut the hell up!!!!! No owner or GM for that matter talks as much as you do Jerry! Your picks aren’t bad, you having your hands in everything is horrible! Go sit in your palace and let your team work without you interfering.

  71. People who compare Jerry Jones to Al Davis are either too young to know the difference, or completely ignorant.

  72. I dare say it was…
    Jimmy Johnson A+++
    Jerry Jones F—
    Bill Parcells A+
    Jerry Jones D

    it is easy to track the Cowboys success and failure under jones…
    Dave Campo. that Gailey guy and Bum’s boy Wade and now Garrett!!!!
    Losers all

  73. It was easier due to the boatload of high draft picks from the Walker trade, no salary cap and a talent evaluator fresh out of college recruiting and coaching that made him very familiar with the talent. PT Barnum Jones is an outstanding money maker. He needs to stick to that and forget about his burning desire to be thought of as a great football guy that knows how to build a winner. Things will maybe change when he dies, maybe

  74. One team wins, the other loses, there is not all the sudden a stat that makes it harder for the Cowboys to win games. Time to reflect on the real issue Jerry.

  75. Sadly the sports book oddsmakers and too many ESPN talking heads think this team is good every pre season.
    Jerry Jones never met a camera or mic that he didn’t love. The cowboys are a stage for Jones and his ego, winning comes 2nd.

  76. Oh yes, thank you Jerry for trading the 18th pick in the draft so the 49ers could draft safety Eric Reid. How did that work out for you again?

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