Sometimes Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones can’t help himself.
(You all know what I mean).. Having said that, you have to admire the fact that he is willing to do whatever it takes to help the Boys win.
Unfortunately, more times than not, his methods don’t quite work out. The intention is always there, but the results aren’t.. Such is life.
Jones’ latest move of trading for failed San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance has raise a lot of eyebrows around the league. In fairness, however, there are many things to criticize Jones about, but this isn’t necessarily one of them considering the reasonable price they paid (2024 4th round draft pick).
Regardless, three-time Super Bowl champion and longtime FOX Sports analyst Mark Schlereth didn’t pass up the chance to take a massive shot at Jones and company.
Schlereth voiced his discontent during his “Stinkin’ Truth” podcast, where he expressed his dismay over the lack of communication and transparency in the Cowboys front office.
He openly criticized Jones for making a major personnel move without informing head coach Mike McCarthy or starting quarterback Dak Prescott.
“This is why the Cowboys will never win sh*t because Jerry Jones can’t help himself,” Schlereth boldly proclaimed. “You think about Jerry Jones, you’re gonna go out there and you’re gonna make a trade for a guy without talking to anybody else in your organization, Steven Jones, your head coach Mike McCarthy, your quarterback.”
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Schlereth, a former NFL offensive lineman with 12 seasons of experience under his belt with Washington and Denver, clarified that his primary concern was not just the omission of Prescott but the sidelining of McCarthy in the decision-making process.
McCarthy had told reporters that he was involved in the evaluation but was left out of the crucial business end of the trade.
“I really don’t care if you involve your quarterback in it or not,” Schlereth continued. “But to not involve your head coach. What does it say about your head coach? ‘Hey guys, I know he’s your head coach, but he truly has no authority within this organization. So, you don’t have to listen to him.”
“You don’t have to pay attention because the buck stops with me. Your coach doesn’t have the authority to fire you. I do.’ You cannot win in the National Football League that way.”
The Cowboys, perennial contenders in the NFC East, are entering the regular season with high expectations after finishing last year with a 12-5 record. Schlereth believes this year’s team has the talent to excel in the regular season but questioned their ability to make a deep postseason run.
In the past decade, the Cowboys have made the playoffs five times but have failed to progress beyond the divisional round.
“Oh, they may win a bunch of regular season games because they’re talented,” Schlereth said. “They’ll get in the playoffs and they’ll sh*t in their helmets like they do every year. That’s the Cowboys.”
Ouch! Please don’t hold back Mark!
He does bring up a good point about the lack of communication. Although Jones is the owner and can do anything he wants (which he routinely does).
However, Jones is the same person who wanted to draft Johnny Manziel in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft – So perhaps he’d be better suited to allow a few more voices in the decision room.
What do you think about the Cowboys trading for Lance?
Should McCarthy and/or Prescott be annoyed?
Can Lance be saved – or will he go down as an all-time draft bust?