Herschel Walker: Jerry Jones is a terrible G.M. but the best owner

AP

No player is more synonymous with the building of the 1990s Cowboys dynasty than a player who wasn’t on those teams, Herschel Walker. It was trading Walker to Minnesota that brought Dallas a bounty of draft picks that helped them build the best team in the NFL, and Walker has some interesting thoughts on the way that trade went down.

Specifically, Walker says it was then-coach Jimmy Johnson, and not owner Jerry Jones, who made the smart decision to trade him.

“I think Jimmy Johnson was the reason that trade happened. I don’t think it was Jerry,” Walker said on the Dan Patrick Show. “If I had a team today, I’d have Jimmy Johnson as coach and I’d have Jimmy to be the one to be the general manager of that team.”

So when both Jones and Johnson claim credit for the Walker trade, Walker says the credit should go to Johnson.

But that’s not to say Walker dislikes Jones. In fact, Walker says Jones is great — as long as he knows his role.

“Jerry is one of the best owners in the league. Jerry’s a terrible general manager, but as an owner, Jerry Jones is probably the best owner in football,” Walker said.

Still, Jones isn’t as bad a G.M. as Mike Lynn.

72 responses to “Herschel Walker: Jerry Jones is a terrible G.M. but the best owner

  1. I might be wrong, and I know it’s always going to be fun picking on Jerry, but he’s been doing better since his kid has been forcing his hand during the draft, right? To think he wanted Manziel..

  2. The Yankees didn’t get good until Steinbrenner was suspended for a few years.

    George would have traded Jeter, Mariano, Bernie Williams, Posada and Petite had he been in charge in the early 90s.

  3. Still playing Russian Roulette Herschel. I don’t think your smart enough for an opinion.

  4. “Jerry Jones is a terrible G.M. but the best owner”

    says the guy who was traded to build a team that won 3 SB’s in 4 years.

    Yeah, he is obviously still butt-hurt he was traded away to the Vikings.

    And don’t forget, Herschel – Jerry Jones HIRED Jimmy Johnson.

    Whatever……

  5. That’s the furthest thing from true. Nobody is a better owner. Jerry isn’t even the best Cowboys owner. He’s a used car salesman. They were all class before him.

  6. Say what you will, but the man is 100% right, and the funny thing is… hearing Hershel say this still burns Jerry to this day!

  7. honkeyt says:
    Jun 19, 2015 11:44 AM
    He has out drafted every GM in the league for about the last 6-7 years.

    ————–
    If true, why have they not even sniffed a SB?

  8. honkeyt says: He has out drafted every GM in the league for about the last 6-7 years.

    I laughed out loud at work upon reading that. That is hilarious.

    #RemoveHeadFromButt.

  9. Best GM is Bill Belichick – it also helps to be the best coach too. I believe the fact that Bill fills both roles is one of the keys to success. There is only one guy who knows what he wants to do on the field and can pick the players to make it a reality. Instead of having two egos with different agendas.

  10. Such a great owner that he drove off not one but two legendary coaches, condemning the team to decades of mediocrity. “I fired Tom Landry and Jimmy Johnson, but otherwise I’m pretty legit.”

  11. He’s such a great GM that his team is one helmet to the back to becoming the Browns.

  12. honkeyt says: He has out drafted every GM in the league for about the last 6-7 years.

    I laughed out loud at work upon reading that. That is hilarious.
    =====

    Except that there’s actually statistical data backing this up. No owner/GM has drafted a greater % of Pro Bowlers in the last 10 years than Jerruh has.

    Argue it all you want, but that’s a FACT.

  13. He also said he’s planning a comeback at age 53? “I can still run very well.” LOL, what the duck?

  14. Cowboys will never-ever win a SB with jeruh as GM! Give up the reigns Jeruh and be a true owner! The guy knows business but doesn’t know the dynamics of the game and signings of players!

    I bet he screws up the Dez Brilliant deal!

  15. Ah remarkable Mike Lynn, the orchestrator of that lousy Vikings/Cowboys trade. The funniest thing about that guy was that when the Metrodome was built, the Vikings fronted the cost to build the private suites, with remarkable Mike inserting a contractual provision that the stadium authority had to pay him (yes Mike individually) something like $500K per year as long as they were used.

  16. Jerry Jones: “I’M SMARTER!!!”
    Dan Snyder: “NO, I’M SMARTER!!!”
    JJ: “NO, I’M SMARTER!!!”
    DS: “NO, I’M SMARTER!!!”
    JJ: “NO, I’M SMARTER!!!”
    DS: “NO, I’M SMARTER!!!”
    JJ: “NO, I’M SMARTER!!!”
    DS: “NO, I’M SMARTER!!!”

    Rest of NFC East: “HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!”

  17. The only person who is “terrible” at something here is Walker when it comes to analysis.

    Though Jones has been sharing the GM load in the past couple of seasons, he’s still been the primary decision maker for quite some time now. And the team that this “terrible” GM has built has gone 93-67 over the past decade.

    The fact of the matter is that people turn into drooling idiots when it comes to talking about the Dallas Cowboys. THAT is a proven fact. Jerry Jones was “the next [old version of] Al Davis”, even though the late-Davis Raiders were garbage and the Cowboys have been competitive under Jones. Tony Romo is “bad” and “unclutch” even though he is excellent and actually clutch. Heck, people even manage to find a way to slightly overlook/underrate the players who have been on Dallas that every accepts as good, such as DeMarcus Ware (who still gets labelled as a “potential HOFer” and always seemed to get fewer accolades than his accomplishes merited).

    People love to hate the Dallas Cowboys, and there is nothing wrong with that. But people are biased fools, and nothing brings out bias more than the Cowboys. Let’s not forget, somehow a 12-4 team with a now-improved roster is being picked to finished behind a lucky 10-6 team that went through a massive roster upheaval. Because logic.

  18. Jerry Jones: “I’M SMARTER!!!”
    Dan Snyder: “NO, I’M SMARTER!!!”
    JJ: “NO, I’M SMARTER!!!”
    DS: “NO, I’M SMARTER!!!”
    JJ: “NO, I’M SMARTER!!!”
    DS: “NO, I’M SMARTER!!!”
    JJ: “NO, I’M SMARTER!!!”
    DS: “NO, I’M SMARTER!!!”

    Rest of NFC East: “HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!”
    =====

    Would that be the “rest of the NFC East” that finished BEHIND Dallas…?

    Uh, yup.

  19. redsoxu571 said:

    “The fact of the matter is that people turn into drooling idiots when it comes to talking about the Dallas Cowboys. THAT is a proven fact.”

    Um, no, that’s what in the English language we call an “opinion”.

  20. Part of the glorious Viking legacy…will always be remembered as the biggest boneheaded trade in NFL history.

    See Viking fans your team isn’t irrelevant.

  21. Paul Allen is the best owner in the NFL. Go Hawks
    =================

    He really is. He’s committed to spending $$ and he doesn’t butt in on decisions that don’t involve him. He’s been a blessing to the Seahawks.

    Now if only the Mariners could say the same…..

  22. Lol Cowboys will never win with jerry as gm outside of those 3 he already won. But he won’t do it again. Lol lame
    Cowboys need to win another sb but it don’t matter people will always say jerry sucks.

  23. Wouldn’t it be one of the priorities of any decent owner to ensure a high quality GM is in place? So if he’s a terrible GM and he (the owner) has continued to employ himself (the GM) for decades, I believe that makes him (the owner) bad.

  24. themeccalambeaufield says:
    Jun 19, 2015 2:49 PM

    Part of the glorious Viking legacy…will always be remembered as the biggest boneheaded trade in NFL history.

    See Viking fans your team isn’t irrelevant.
    ________

    You must have forgotten about the John Hadl trade.

  25. axesbluestar says:
    Jun 19, 2015 12:56 PM

    Except that there’s actually statistical data backing this up. No owner/GM has drafted a greater % of Pro Bowlers in the last 10 years than Jerruh has.

    Argue it all you want, but that’s a FACT.

    ________________________________________

    I wonder how many GMs have suvived the turnover of 10 years, must have plenty of comparisons in that time frame. Make it in the last 3-5 years does he still top the list? Statistics can back up anything if you know how to skew it.

  26. Axesbluestar

    Did you really just use the pro bowl as your proof of how good jj is? Really? Do you realize that the super bowl team doesn’t grt players in the pro bowl anymore. And that the pro bowl isn’t a true testiment to greatness but a popularity contest. Which is why you see players who are injured over half the year getting voted in and half the time the team in the super bowl rarely has the most players in the pro bowl. Like in 07 when the giants won the super bowl with every rookie drafted that year playing a roll (nfl first) and only had one player selected to the pro bowl while Dallas had a lineman make it who was injured for 9 weeks. Get your facts straight

  27. axesbluestar says:
    honkeyt says: He has out drafted every GM in the league for about the last 6-7 years.

    I laughed out loud at work upon reading that. That is hilarious.
    =====

    Except that there’s actually statistical data backing this up. No owner/GM has drafted a greater % of Pro Bowlers in the last 10 years than Jerruh has.

    Argue it all you want, but that’s a FACT.

    ———
    You’re basing the facts on the pro bowl? The pro bowl, where coaches, players, and FANS vote for 1/3 each? You really think pro bowl players are the equivalent to success? There’s actual statistical data that Santa Claus is real, if all i ask is 4 yr olds. Did you even think before you posted that? I have no dog in this race, couldn’t care less, but judging a successful GM on pro bowl players just blew my mind.

  28. R. JONES BOUGHT A FRANCHISE FROM ONE OF THOSE CLASSY OWNERS THAT WAS LOSING one hondred thousand dollars aday. He replaced a coach, whom that previous classy owner told GM Tex Schramm to fire upon being inform Mr. Jones intended to install Coach Johnson. Mr Jones, who very likely had never had a microphone in his face before, at least to the extent required as owner and GM of the Dallas Cowboys, felt Coach Landry deserved better treatment than a phone call and went to tell the greatest Cowboy ever his tenure was over. Mr. Jones did not alert the press. As great as Coach Landry was, he had a 5-11 and 3-13 record no talent and the entire league had expanded and evolved his system and outpaced the Boys semantically and talent wise. Everything after that Mr. Jones at least shares responsibility for, both good and bad. He is man enough to hold himself accountable. As you sit in you modest abode consider this. He loaned that money losing franchise 20,000,000 out of cash flow. He turned a faded franchise into a 3 plus billion dollar empire that is the envy of all you hater. He is central in promoting the NFL from a $900,000 business to a 9,000,000,000 venture. You haters need to develop some class. By the way he brought Mr. Walker back for a second stint ad a Cowboy.

  29. He was the exec of the year, but it was more of a team effort in the GM department with Stephen making most of those decisions.

    The best moves Jerry has made is drafting 3 young Pro Bowl O-Lineman and acquiring another potential one as an UDFA. The O-Line is the difference between 3 8-8 seasons in a row to a 12-4 season.

  30. Hershey Walker is right, and I would like to add that Jerry Jones is also a terrible doctor.

  31. The Walker trademark Mr. Jones hold on to the mindset that a few tweaks are all that’s needed to stay on top. The new braintrust realizes that even in the salary cap era, the draft is the way to acquire your team. This is not your post Triplets era Team.

  32. If he was the best owner, the smartest owner, he would have not hired himself–period. I can count five owners who are way better then Jerry. Inept since he crowned himself the king. Also great owners don’t hire criminals, abusers and on and on.

  33. How is Jerry Jones a good owner? He’s a good businessman, no doubt. But this is the single most responsible person for the money-hungry league that is the NFL today. Count the bucks, but the game is going downhill thanks to frauds like this man

  34. @redsoxu571 tony romo is not clutch… Do you watch him in games and moments that matter most? I look at dalton (bengals fan) in the same light (though dalton is even worse as far as performing on the big stage or crucial moments) his history of turnovers at back breaking moments is well known.

  35. Colv every owner has hired a criminal at some point or another. It’s unavoidable. Some just have a greater propensity for doing so.

  36. lol Jerrys doing better because his kid stopped him from picking Manziel? or maybe Jerry finally got a brain and realized theres somebody better than him.

  37. Truth be told, Jerruh isn’t half bad. Considering some other owners like Zygi Wilf (who was found guilty of fraud in which a Federal Judge likened him to a mobster) or Dan Snyder.

    The best owner though is ownership by the fans like in Green Bay. The team can never leave and operates as a non-profit, so no greedy owner, just football by the people, and for the people.

    Yeah, yeah, I get it, you like to make fun of our stock. But all I know is that every year, I get to vote on the board of directors (who elects the president who hires the GM) and I get a stockholder meeting. That’s a lot more than fans like the Vikings get where all they get is a tax bill.

  38. Thanks Herschel,
    You know that it eats at Jerruh everytime somebody brings up the fact that Jimmy and his scouts were the masterminds to those great Dallas teams.
    Jerruh knows it.
    Jimmy knows it.
    We all know it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Bill Parsells quit. Otherwise every coach in Dallas Cowboys history has been fired by Jerry Jones.

    Tom Landry deserves to be remembered for his contributions to the NFL even if he is not commemorated in Dallas.

  40. Herschell seemed bitter against the Vikings still. He flat out lied saying the Vikings turned their back on AD. How did they do that HW? Buy honoring the contract even though he didn’t play but one game?
    You were done in Dallas. That is why they shipped you out to MN. The year before the trade with the Vikings, the Vikings shut you down in Dallas. If the owner wasn’t a grocer he never makes that bonehead trade. If anyone should be bitter its the Vikings fans not you HW. You are in great shape for your age but you can’t play NFL football anymore, sorry.

  41. Tom Landry deserves to be remembered for his contributions to the NFL even if he is not commemorated in Dallas

    )))))))))))))))))))))

    Bobjr he is already in the NFL HOF.

  42. At the time, Mike Lynn was one of the worst GM’s in the league. This is because he foolishly believed that Herschel Walker would actually put forth some effort after getting that huge contract.

    Herschel Walker = BUST.

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