Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones surprised a lot of folks when he announced that Jason Garrett would have "final say" when it came to putting together a coaching staff. He also indicated that Garrett would have a lot of influence in personnel decisions. Well, here's exactly what he said at Garrett's introductory news conference earlier this month:
"Jason will have the final say on any person that leaves the coaching staff or comes to the coaching staff," said Jones. "There won't be a player on this team that Jason does not want on the team."
I bring this up again because ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins has a story today indicating that Jones still has final say when it comes to the draft. And hopefully that doesn't come as a shock to any of you. I don't even think Garrett ever requested or wished to have final say when it comes to player personnel. Only men such as Andy Reid and Mike Shanahan have that type of power in this league, and I'm not sure that's a good thing for either organization.
"The way I like to say it is that I'm not the sole decision-maker," Garrett said from the Senior Bowl on Tuesday. "A lot of people seem interested in that. We'll make the decisions collectively as an organization."
A lot of people "seem interested" because Jones went out of his way to indicate that Garrett would have unprecedented power -- for folks not named Jimmy Johnson or Bill Parcells. Cowboys fans seemed to embrace this news, but you can't fault some of them for having their doubts.
Jones will continue to listen to suggestions from his scouting department and coaching staff. And then he'll pull the trigger on the No. 9 pick.
Were any of you guys actually hoping Garrett would have final say in the draft?