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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: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:19 pm

Jerry Jones draws criticism for sideline presence

No wonder Jimmy Johnson left.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:15 pm

Jerry Jones draws criticism for sideline presence

I love Jerry Jones.

I love the fact that he equates owning a football team, and visiting it during the game ... to having a business that is open, and the owner walking onto the sales floor and picking up a piece of trash.

And, he is right.  Every customer deserves to have a clean showroom.  And it is a reminder to the manager that a dirty showroom is not acceptable.  Depending on the manager, it may take a few games to get the message. 

When you ice your own kicker ... you make the owner's list of things to do today.

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 10:46 pm

Idiot you just don't get it.

Jerry, when no other owner acts they way you do, then we find it odd. J.J. you bring this on yourself.  You’re on national TV fool.  For those of you Cowboys fans waiting for a championship I have some news for you.  It won't happen until Jerry Jones grandson (the young kid with the curly hair often seen in the press box) takes over the team.  Cowboys are glitz and glamour and when they meet blue collar teams like the Ravens and Steelers, they go down. 

Forty year Cowboys fan,


Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 10:42 pm

Jerry Jones draws criticism for sideline presence

George Steinbrenner of the NFL. Only difference is George Steinbrenner had much more success.

Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 10:34 pm

Jerry Jones draws criticism for sideline presence

Jerry needs to stick to his private box and let his coachs coach. If he has to go and "advise" his coach then he has the wrong coach for the job.
If he feels he knows enough then Jerry should actually coach a few games himself, with the condition that if he fails then he will never be allowed on the sidelines during a game again.

Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 10:27 pm

Jerry Jones draws criticism for sideline presence

There is a difference between management/ownership being involved and disrupting operations. Jerry is disruptive.

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