DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Disappointed. Upset. Frustrated.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones voiced a number of emotions when reflecting on yet another playoff-free season following Sunday’s 24-22 loss to the Eagles.
The Cowboys have become the posterchild for mediocrity in the NFL, finishing 8-8 for a third straight season en route to losing the NFC East on the season’s final day each time. Since 1997, the Cowboys are an incredible (and symmetrical) 136-136.
So the question needed to be asked to the man in charge — the owner and GM who has final say on every aspect of the organization: “Are you ever embarrassed by the Cowboys?”
As honest as the question was, the answer was even more direct.
“Would you get embarrassed if you were standing in this stadium? Seriously?” said Jones. “The answer is no.”
And with that answer, every Cowboys fan confirmed his greatest fear: It’s not about performance. Jerry doesn’t measure himself against other GMs and teams by W-L records. He’s not embarrassed by the team’s failures.
It’s all about the atmosphere; it’s all about JerryWorld; it’s all about the…”show”.
Jones expressed a similar sentiment two weeks back on 105.3 The Fan’s New School with Shan & RJ. Following the Cowboys crushing week 15 loss to the Packers, Jones was asked if he ever worried that apathy would set in with an emotionally tired Cowboys fan base.
“Not with games like the other day. That’s a show, if you want to look at it that way,” said Jones.
“Show” — a four letter word that should be eradicated from a GM’s vocabulary.
Dedicated fans care little about production or entertainment value of home games. The world’s largest indoor screen is flashy, but fans demand wins, division titles, and rings — or at least progress.
Cowboys insider Mike Fisher often reminds us to separate ‘GM Jerry’ from the marketing side of Jerry. But the truth is, we shouldn’t have to.
No one questions the effort Jerry puts into the Cowboys, but is it misplaced?
Maybe so, maybe not. But either way, things aren’t likely to change between the lines. Jason Garrett will return, and Jerry will remain the GM for the forseeable future.
In the meantime, enjoy the game; enjoy the stadium; and though you won’t escape the embarrassment of being a Cowboys fan…enjoy the “show”.
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