Jerry Jones wants Roger Goodell held “accountable” to ownership

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During his speech at halftime, after receiving his Hall of Fame ring, Jerry Jones spoke about making the NFL better. His words seemed to be directed at Roger Goodell and other NFL owners.

“That’s what I do. That’s what I should do. That’s what I try to do, and that’s what I’m going to try and do,” Jones said.

Jones insisted after the Cowboys’ 37-9 loss to the Eagles that he only wants what is best for the league. The Cowboys owner followed by saying his beef with the NFL commissioner isn’t personal as it relates to Ezekiel Elliott‘s six-game suspension. Dallas is 0-2 in the two games Elliott has missed, getting outscored 64-16.

“I’ve never addressed that in a negative way,” Jones said when asked about Goodell continuing as commissioner. “To sum it all up, what I want is I want accountability, more accountability. I want real. I’m really, unprecedented accountability to the ownership. That simple. And again, [Elliott] isn’t even an issue. That’s not even an issue. It’s unfortunate that motives are being pressed. ‘It’s all about Zeke. It’s all about that,’ which questions your motive. But Zeke is done. Zeke is over. But some of the things that make that happen are still around.”

Jones would not address whether he threatened to come after Goodell “with everything I have” as ESPN reported last week. The article also said Jones used colorful language to describe Robert Kraft and the Patriots owner’s battle with the NFL over Deflategate.

Earlier Sunday, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said Jones advised the Patriots to take their “medicine and focus on winning football games” instead of fighting Tom Brady‘s suspension.

“I guess I don’t know who the source was, and don’t know if it is true or not,” Jonathan Kraft said of Jones’ comment about his father during an interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub via Mike Reiss of ESPN. “If Jerry said that, and I don’t know that he did, Robert at the end of the day followed Jerry’s own advice. Our franchise, since the investigation started the night of the AFC championship [in 2015], has won two Super Bowls.”

Jones would not address his conversation with the Krafts but said Brady’s suspension and Elliott’s suspension were “different.”

“I don’t have any comment to that,” Jones said. “But those circumstances are so different. Just they’re different. We’re not going to write anything – a book here. They’re just different. They’re just different. That’s that. But I didn’t hear [Jonathan Kraft’s comments Sunday]. I think the world of Jonathan.”

Jones reiterated that his only battle with other owners and the NFL right now is over accountability for Goodell.

“We as owners should make that plan, and we should have the opportunity to do it,” Jones said. “Our commissioner is probably the most powerful — relative to his constituency — he’s the most powerful person in America. He’s been given that kind of power, so what you want to do if you want to make some positive changes is you want that power to be accountable, in my case, to the owners.”

37 responses to “Jerry Jones wants Roger Goodell held “accountable” to ownership

  1. Such a tough battle…I mean I think Goodell has done an atrocious job and I’m glad the owners are seemingly finally realizing, but…let’s not beat around the bush: this is all because Jerry’s mad Goodell suspended his golden boy. He thought he would get out scott free without ending up like the Pats re Deflategate.
    He’s also bitter the Pats won’t come to his defense and he doesn’t seem to understand the concept of karma or hypocrisy.

  2. Jerrah is a turd and his family’s continued presence as owners of the Dallas Cowpies is detrimental to the NFL.

  3. Roger definitely has his question marks in regards to decision making. Jerry is and always will be Jerry.

    Seen a lot of posters relish at the thought of the NFL imploding which makes no sense to me.

    I love this sport of football and love and root always and forever for my home team. Sucks to see so much politics sideline the actual product us fans get together with our families with only to potentially ruin it. Shoot, I’d prob only talk to my old man 1/4 as much if it weren’t for

    I will recognize something needs to change. The product isn’t as great, and without speaking for all, it sounds like unless our home team is playing we don’t watch…or at least that’s truth with me.

    Please don’t let money ruin it.

  4. translation- “it’s all about Elliot being suspended, but I can’t say that since I told Kraft to take his medicine and accept the punishment.

    Again, Jones AGREED to give the members the power to make an agreement with Goodell. He never complained once UNTIL the suspension. If you can’t see it’s the reason, you’re only excuse is you’re a Cowboy fan.

  5. Jones should pay more attention to holding his coach accountable for his game management, and his players for their off-field behavior.

  6. 5-5 Jerruh… You suck as an owner,GM, and spokesperson for the NFL, you self indulgent clown…

  7. Meanwhile fans want Jerry Jones held “accountable” for the Cowboys. Scoring just one touchdown in two games while giving up 67 points is not very good. Heck, even Skip Bayless can’t put a good spin on that.

  8. I think Jones mean by making the league better he is using the auteurs definition where he wants to be owner,general manager,coach and league commissioner all at the same time.

  9. There is ZERO accountability from Rog! He is judge, jury, & executioner, totally ignoring any evidence that does not meet his agenda!! (& probably his BFF Mara) His smug arrogance is frankly disgusting, but the clueless owners do not seem to be able to see the forest for the trees! God help the NFL, as it’s going to need all the help it can get to stop the bleeding…..There will be more photos of 1/2 empty stadiums on the national news! Not to mention the protesters outside AT&T stadium, as that should go nationally, also 🙂 Bad PR, ole Rog…..

  10. This is like a non-violent Bugs Bunny, Rabbit Season – Duck Season cartoon that never ends. This whole Goodell/Jones “drama”, is now so far beyond annoying.

    When it is all said and done, I do wonder if this whole thing is not about keeping Goodell in charge, that it just might be more about the power of that a few owners may have in keeping Goodell in charge.

  11. Jones is kind of like our current president. Made a lot of money but isn’t actually a winner. Hasn’t won in how long…blames everyone else for when things go bad and throws temper tantrums when he doesn’t get his way. Love seeing him stew as the league moves forward despite his tantrum.

  12. Brenda, that’s just it, Roger Goodell does not have the luxury of ignoring evidence, either direct or circumstantial. He can not just stop and make a ruling based on victim shaming or a refs mistake on what gauge he used. Since Spygate, Congress has been itching to open an investigation on the NFL. Goodell’s investigations and decisions are being closely watched by more than just the owners. He is being held accountable at much higher levels. And if Jerry Jones keeps it up, he is going to invite very powerful and unwanted guests to his temper tantrums.

  13. Putting aside whether Jerry is correct or his motivations, only an imbecile thinks the NFL is better keeping Roger after his recent ineptitude and mishandling of the anthem-disrespect that continues to cost viewers each week.

    For $50MIL/year you can hire any one of 10,000 Execs in the world who are better.

  14. Having the employee accountable to the employers seems wise. Not sure why the other owners would fight against that.

  15. sprindale says:
    November 20, 2017 at 7:04 am
    Having the employee accountable to the employers seems wise. Not sure why the other owners would fight against that.


    He is accountable, TO THE OWNERS AS A GROUP. They could vote him out tomorrow if they want and if Jerry had 23 more owners on his side he wouldn’t be going public with his tantrum.

    Jerry wants the commissioner personally accountable to him, not the group. Huge difference.

  16. You’d think the Board of Owners would’ve wanted their hand-chosen Puppet, I mean CEO, to be accountable from the beginning.

  17. Dallas’s two losses are far more associated with the loss of Tryon Smith and resufflling the OL.
    Cooper is just a serviceable G and was OK when he was flanked on both sides by Pro Bowlers.
    Remove his Smith and that side of the line became just average at best.
    Throw in the fact that RT Collins as the side that needed chip blocks and help now has to be spread around to the left also means less RB’s and TE’s in pass patterns.
    Almost any RB was going to get yards behind that line when it was intact and healthy. Removing Zeke from the equation hurts but it doesn’t lose games if the OL isn’t reduced in talent.

  18. Now that he’s getting his ass handed to him by the other owners The Jerry is lying through his teeth. He had publicly expressed NO problems with Goodell until Elliott was suspended and now he’s spinning it that he’s just looking out for the NFL? Stop spitting on my leg and telling me it’s raining Jerry! He needs shut up, watch another Cowboys season go down the tubes, and hope Elliott doesn’t do something else stupid anytime soon.

  19. wib32 says:

    November 20, 2017 at 9:03 am

    what a weasel


    Do you think that Jerry Jones is as obsessed with Goodell as you are the Pats?

  20. Goodell — a nonlawyer — overruled his own investigatory counsel and suspended a star player for 6 games over something that, and it’s hard to put too fine a point on this, nobody thinks actually happened. I would be upset too oh wait I was the first time Goodell did this. I’ve yet to see him handle a player discipline proceeding with even the slightest degree of competence.

  21. nhpats says:
    November 20, 2017 at 9:16 am
    wib32 says:

    November 20, 2017 at 9:03 am

    what a weasel


    Do you think that Jerry Jones is as obsessed with Goodell as you are the Pats?

    Or Pats fans with the Broncos, Colts, Seahawks, Jets, etc?

  22. sportoficionado says:
    November 20, 2017 at 1:36 am

    Fire Goodell.


    It’s funny, all these owners keep dodging the question as to why Goodell would even be considered to continue on after so many lies and exposures of consumer fraud and league manipulation for financial gain, and we still have no idea how Goodell thinks he has leverage on the owners when we’ve been told numerous times he WORKS FOR the owners.

    Quite confusing, isn’t it?

    Somewhere behind the curtain, there is a really big juicy story waiting to come out.

    And, anyone supporting Goodell clearly hates the NFL and its future.

  23. sprindale says:
    November 20, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Having the employee accountable to the employers seems wise. Not sure why the other owners would fight against that.


    Yes, but why are they? Isn’t this the million dollar question? What is it? WHat does Goodell have on the owners that they’re cowering, after all of his failures, and just 6 months ago unanimously voted for him to continue on in the worst ratings period in NFL history?

    Solidarity would seem to be FIRING Fraudger and immediately watch the cheating stop, the lying stop, defamation stop, and ratings likely jump overnight for bringing in a quality commissioner.

    But, why is this not happening? Why didn’t it quietly happen after the Ray Rice fiasco?

    What does he have on them?

  24. limakey says:
    November 20, 2017 at 6:26 am
    Brenda, that’s just it, Roger Goodell does not have the luxury of ignoring evidence, either direct or circumstantial.

    Really, then please explain how he managed to allow Indy to play with 75% of their balls under spec in the AFCCG in which they framed Brady?

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