Thursday, January 3, 2013
Jerry Jones has every right to be upset
By Calvin Watkins
The owner and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys isn't happy.
What we heard Wednesday morning was a man who is tired of the same old story. Jerry Jones offered support for coach Jason Garrett and the long-term future of quarterback Tony Romo.
But he's not offering support for a lack of execution late in the season. He's not offering support for missing the playoffs again.
Nor should he. He has every right to be upset because what the Cowboys have shown him the past few years is unacceptable.
"I'm very upset; I'm very irritated," Jones said on his weekly radio show. "I really did think as we went into the last part of the season, I know we had injuries, but the teams we're playing had injuries. I know we could have put more on the field if we hadn't gotten those injuries."
The owner of America's Team is irritated, frustrated and flustered. He seemed embarrassed to watch a rookie quarterback, Robert Griffin III, lead a team past Jones' bunch and into the playoffs. He watches Seattle, with a rookie quarterback, Russell Wilson, play in January.
He watches Indianapolis lose a Hall of Fame quarterback, Peyton Manning, draft a rookie, Andrew Luck, lose its coach, Chuck Pagano, for an extended period and still make the playoffs.
Jones has a quarterback, Romo, whom he likes; an elite pass-rusher in DeMarcus Ware; a $50.1 million cornerback in Brandon Carr; two highly regarded draft picks in Tyron Smith and Morris Claiborne; and solid second-round picks, Sean Lee and Bruce Carter, who man the middle of the defense.
Jones has this but no recent playoff success.
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