Jerry Jones isn’t deluding himself into believing that he’s done a great job as the Cowboys’ general manager of late, but that doesn’t mean he’s giving any serious consideration to removing himself from the position. Quite the opposite, actually.
In an interview with Bob Costas that aired on NBC’s Football Night In America prior to the Cowboys’ loss to the Falcons on Sunday Night Football, Jerry said that if anyone else were the team’s general manager, he would have fired him by now.
“Well, I think so ... because he was there to dismiss,” Jones said. “I’ve always worked for myself and you can’t do that. You basically have to straighten that guy out in the mirror when you work for yourself. But certainly, if I’d had the discretion, I’ve done it with coaches and certainly I would have changed a general manager.”
This is frustrating for obvious reasons. Jones is admitting that he’s done a bad job as GM and more or less declaring that he’ll never relinquish the role all in the same breath. Which makes little to no sense. Even more nonsensical is Jerry’s assertion that, as an owner, “you can’t” fire yourself as general manager--you definitely can. It’s been done before, and an owner doubling as general manager is far from standard operating procedure in the NFL.
Just look at all the teams who have a general manager who doesn’t also own the team--the number is somewhere around all of them.
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