Dallas Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones watches warmups before a NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is in over his head. He’s a terrible general manager and we’ve known this for a long time. Jones needs to fire himself to save this franchise, but he won’t do it. Odd thing is – If Jones hired a GM with his track record, he would have fired that guy years ago.
Dallas lost its season opener to Tampa Bay 19-3. Star quarterback Dak Prescott fractured his thumb and is likely out 6 to 8 weeks. Safety Jayron Kearse and Guard Connor McGovern also sustained injuries and will miss games. If the Cowboys’ season unravels, Jones will look for a scapegoat. Who will that be? The obvious answer is Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
I’m not going to defend McCarthy much. The Cowboys are undisciplined and led the NFL in penalties last season. On Sunday, the Cowboys committed ten penalties – third highest in the league. I’d understand if Jones wants to move on from McCarthy, but he’s not the reason why the Cowboys season is in jeopardy. The two biggest reasons: Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore is an awful play caller… and Jerry Jones has become one of the worst general managers in the NFL.
Kellen Moore abandoned the run early, despite Zeke Elliott averaging more than 5 yards per carry. Moore got cute trying to get the ball to Tony Pollard. It backfired.
The Cowboys lack talent on the offensive side of the ball – and that’s Jerry and Stephen Jones’ fault. They traded Amari Cooper, allowed Cedrick Wilson to walk, and refused to sign a veteran free agent after James Washington suffered a fractured foot. The Jones’ already knew Michael Gallup was going to miss the start of the season!
Many Cowboys fans hope a losing season will result in the Cowboys signing former Saints head coach Sean Payton to a deal. Payton would be an upgrade over McCarthy – but he wants the GM job too, and I don’t see Jones handing over the keys to his toy.
It just feels like this entire season was sabotaged. In my mind, one of two things happened: the Jones’ set Mike McCarthy up for failure, or they simply refused to field a quality roster on purpose.
I know Sunday’s game was just one loss. It’s Cooper Rush’s time to shine now. If he doesn’t, Jerry Jones will blame everyone… except himself. Or his son.
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