The Eagles have fallen on some hard times of late, but they
will get better eventually. Andy Reid will be relieved of his duties as head
coach and vice president of football operations before the year is out so long
as this season continues down its current road, and Howie Roseman can't be too
far behind if the club’s general manager is even remotely as responsible for
the current mess as he appears to be. It could take years, and there might be
growing pains along the way, but Jeffrey Lurie will keep on hiring new people
until he gets it right.
The same can’t be said in Dallas, where Jerry Jones is the
beginning and end of all things Cowboys. He is the decider.
It’s going on 17 years since the Cowboys last won or played
in a Super Bowl, 16 since they last won a playoff game against anybody besides
the Eagles. There have been just two NFC East Championships in Dallas since Troy
Aikman’s last in 1998. During that span, players and coaches have come in and
out, but the one constant has been Jones. He has presided as the general manager
the entire time, and shows no intention of letting go of the reins.
NBC’s Bob Costas pressed Jerry about his performance in an
interview that aired prior to the Cowboys’ 19-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on
Sunday Night Football, and sure enough the billionaire owner admitted he would
have fired any other general manager with the same record. Make no mistake
though, the front office is and forever will be a dictatorship so long as Jerry
Jones is around, says Jerry Jones two days later.
“We didn’t structure it that way with my ownership. There’s no way that I would be involved here and not be the final
decision-maker on something as important as players, and that
is a key area. That’s never been anybody’s misunderstanding. It’s been a
debated thing, but it’s just not going to happen. We’ve had success doing it
this way and we’re going to have success in the future doing it this way.”
There is no denying the Cowboys have had success doing it
Jerry’s way, to the tune of three Super Bowls in four years back in the 90’s.
Whether or not they’re going to have success doing it Jerry’s way in the future
is debatable given how little of it they have tasted recently. Meanwhile, Dallas
fans are becoming increasingly frustrated and impatient with the current
arrangement, yet they are already resigned to the reality that nothing is going
to change. Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram had a word for it on
“We are now approaching multiple generations of people who
follow the NFL who have never known the Cowboys as a real winner.”
And be sure to thank your Uncle Jerry.
As for the Eagles under the guidance of Jeffrey Lurie, he
may have made the mistake of hanging on to Andy Reid for a few years too long,
with no titles to show for it. Thankfully that’s a decision he and his fan base
won’t have to live with indefinitely.
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