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Jerry Jones draws criticism for sideline presence

Posted on: December 26, 2011 9:40 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2011 9:40 pm
 
Jones is 'amazed' anyone cares that he's patrolling the sidelines during games. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Meddlesome is a word often used to describe owner Jerry Jones because of his hands-on approach to running the Cowboys. This approach includes Jones standing on the sidelines during games, and if he thinks it's warranted, talking to the head coach. This is exactly what happened Saturday.

Jones has since taken criticism for -- wait for it -- meddling, instead of letting his coach, you know, coach. (To be fair, Jones has reason for concern; Jason Garrett iced his own kicker in a loss to the Cardinals and Jones questioned Garrett's conservative play-calling against the Patriots earlier this season.)

After Romo hit his right hand on the helmet of an Eagles defender in the first quarter Saturday, Jones spoke face to face with Garrett on the sidelines about the Cowboys quarterback.

"You communicate a lot of different ways," Jones said during a radio interview with The Ticket (KTCK-AM 1310) via The Dallas Morning News. "It isn’t just words. It’s body language, it’s everything. So it’s important to me, when I’m down there, to be evaluating what’s going on on the sideline, and it’s important to me to be communicating with anything I’m about on the sideline.

"In this particular case, I did want nothing to drop between the lines communication-wise. We had talked about clearly what would happen if the Giants won, what we would be doing with Felix [Jones] during this ballgame and the need to have him healthy if we could do anything about it next week. But what we didn’t talk about was what if something happened and there was a question mark about [Tony] Romo, how that would be handled. That’s Jason’s decision, but he doesn’t need to be making that one by himself.

"So I wanted to, very briefly, step down there with just a few minutes gone in the first quarter, sit there and say, 'Here’s the lay of the land. Romo’s got a hand injury, but it looks like we’re going to have him for New York. Felix is there. You make the decision, but our emphasis should be on New York.'"

Jones went on to say that "I’ve talked to every head coach during a ballgame, on the sideline, that we’ve ever had with the Dallas Cowboys," which makes it even more amazing that Bill Parcells lasted four seasons in Dallas.

Good news, however: Jones says these impromptu get-togethers aren't about play-calling or offensive philosophy, which is too bad because Garrett could then blame the owner for the what happened in Arizona and New England.

"It has amazed me to be criticized for really walking down on the floor of the company or walking into the business that we’re doing, not just the Dallas Cowboys, and not pick up the trash or be interested in how that guy’s treating customers,” Jones explained. “The more involved your top management, the more involved ownership can be, I’ve always thought made the best way for it to work. ...

"You didn’t see that kind of criticism very early on, but we were winning Super Bowls. And it was the same exact way that we handled our decision-making and the exact same way that we handled our ultimate information gathering system. We’ve been doing it ever since I owned the team. The exact same way."

But that's the point: you can do what you want when you're winning. When you're struggling, everything's open to scrutiny.

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Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:27 am
 

Jerry Jones draws criticism for sideline presence

For those who don't care for Jerry Jones being on the sidelines ... when YOU own an NFL team you can offer your opinion. -------------------- Ah. But, YOU get to offer your opinion, so you must own an NFL team. Oh, you don't? Then shut the f up about who gets to have an opinion about anything. It's amazing how the successful teams all have owners that keep their hands off of the football operations and stay off the field on game day - and yet the jokes of the NFL like the Cowboys, Redskins, and Raiders all have owners that think they know football.. Hey.. As long as Jerry wants to keep screwing up his own team, I'm all for it. He's delusional enough to think that he had anything to do with their success in the 90s - keep up the great work, Jerry!



Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:22 am
 

Jerry Jones draws criticism for sideline presence

Jones is an aynus.  



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:13 am
 

Jerry Jones draws criticism for sideline presence

Well, I know one thing for sure, Jerry Jones won't be staying on the sideline during the Cowboys/Giants game, not when Brandon Jacobs is carrying the ball...........




Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:00 am
 

Jerry Jones draws criticism for sideline presence

The good thing about JJ is he is his own worst enemy.  He thinks the team is about him.  That may work for some in different types of businesses; it's on you to make or break your business.  However, the NFL is not like other businesses.  Self-centeredness will get you nowhere most of the time.

Personally, I would rather he take his narcissism and sell used cars in Oklahoma while living in his double wide.



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:47 am
 

Jerry Jones draws criticism for sideline presence

The very best owners in the NFL (or any professional sport for that matter) have always let game day be about the players and coaches. They stay away from the sidelines. Jerry wants the exposure...the noteriety. That's fine...it's his team and his money. But, let's be honest, it's about nothing other than his need to be in the limelight.   




Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:13 am
 

Jerry Jones draws criticism for sideline presence

Jerry Jones is easily one of the worse owners in the league. He personally is holding that franchise back with his stupid, boneheaded decisions. Jerry Jones doesn't know anything about football and once he got rid of the real football genius of Jimmy Johnson, they've been the running joke of the league.

Daniel Snyder, Jerry Jones, Paul Brown. Horrible, horrible owners. Medelsome and too involved in their franchises. 



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:12 am
 

Jerry Jones draws criticism for sideline presence

Just another reason why a big time would ever take the Dallas Cowboys head coaching job. Jones screwed this up twice the way I see it. First as we all know....He should have let Jimmy Johnson do his thing and they would have won at least 2 more rings. Second, Bill Parcells came in and had this thing going in the right direction before Jones stepped in...insisted on signing Owens which started the process of Parcells leaving. Jerry Jones's ego will prevent the Dallas Cowboys from winning a Super Bowl.



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:57 pm
 

Jerry Jones draws criticism for sideline presence

When Jerry Jones stops throwing picks, dropping passes, missing kicks, and giving up big plays the Cowboys will win. Oh, that's his team doing that.



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:41 pm
 

Jerry Jones draws criticism for sideline presence

Jerry has every right to go anywhere in the stadium he wants, he signs the checks!! And lets be honest here Jason Garrett isnt exactly taking Dallas to the promise land, I mean he was making head coach money as an assistant, so Jerry has alot invested and if he wants to ask a question to your face rather than through a headset...who cares!!! If Dallas was winning this wouldnt even be an issue!!!!



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:28 pm
 

Jerry Jones draws criticism for sideline presence

For those who don't care for Jerry Jones being on the sidelines ... when YOU own an NFL team you can offer your opinion.


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