Jerry Jones doesn't just own the Cowboys, he's also the general manager, a role he will never, ever relinquish. But his decision to meddle in personnel decisions has everything to do with the team's run on mediocrity dating back to 1997, Barry Switzer's last year in Dallas, and four years after Jimmy Johnson and Jones parted ways.
In the 17 seasons since, the Cowboys are 136-136 with a grand total of one playoff win.
In a recent ESPN the Magazine profile by Don Van Natta, Jr., Jones admitted that he grew tired of Johnson receiving all the credit for the Cowboys' success in the early '90s -- including two Super Bowls -- adding that "I couldn't handle the disloyalty."
Johnson's response: Jones comes off as a "rich asshole."
On Tuesday, Jones told 105.3 The Fan that he wasn't concerned about the credit because “The most important thing is to win the football games.”
So if Jones isn't seeking validation for being a "football guy," where did the perception come from?
“Well it might have been the night that I bought the team and got up and said I would be in charge of everything from socks to jocks, to the money, to the plays, to the selecting of the coaches -- that I would be involved and have knowledge of everything.”
Meanwhile, 105.3 The Fan's Shan Sheriff, who interviewed Jones above, told Washington DC's 106.7 The Fan that Jones is persona non grata among Cowboys fans.
“Man. It hurts me to say this, because I love the guy; I must say it: He's Al Davis,” Shariff said. “There is no pro-Jerry party here in Dallas-Fort Worth. It is, ‘You have ruined the team, money is your god, all you care about is ratings and being put on primetime television, and you have put us second,' in terms of the fanbase who wants to see ‘America's team' back. So there is no Jerry support. It is Jerry-Al Davis 2.0.”
When you say it like that, the Cowboys don't sound like the "glitz and glamour of the NFL."