Jerry the GM Says He Understands the Criticism

Jerry Jones says he understands why fans might be frustrated with his work as GM

If you’re one of the countless many who are less than thrilled with Jerry Jones’ work as the Dallas Cowboys’ general manager, you can take solace in that he understands your frustration. But not only does he not plan on stepping down, he doesn’t think the GM position is quite as important as many people think.

“... I think, for whatever the reason, in the NFL, we make a lot of the GM title, when in fact, it ought to be said, ‘Look, who is it that ultimately makes the decisions regarding a coach or ultimately, ultimately makes the decision regarding a player?’ Well, if you look at it, this is pro football and that’s a financial decision," Jones told 105.3-FM The Fan, via the Dallas Morning News. "And as it would turn out, we’re in a system that causes you to ultimately have to answer financially because it’s called the salary cap, so somebody has got to make that decision. If you really wanted to say, whose being the biggest influence, it might not even be the general manager, it might be the person allocating the salary cap. Just that alone is more of an ownership function--the dollar--than probably most things on the team.

“Now, that’s more than you want to hear, but the bottom line is that I understand the criticism and we’re going to continue to work and try to take this team to where we all want to go, and that is competing for a Super Bowl.”

Earlier in the year, Jones dismissed the idea of hiring a general manager, suggesting that his involvement in personnel decisions wouldn’t change even if a GM were in place--so what would be the point?

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