In an interview that aired before Sunday Night’s Cowboys loss to the Atlanta Falcons on NBC’s ‘Football Night in America’ Jerry Jones said that he would have fired himself as General Manager for the outcome of recent Cowboys teams.
Bob Costas, who was conducting the interview asked Jones if the owner Jerry should have dismissed the GM Jerry for results that aren’t up to the Cowboys legacy.
“Well, I think so, because he was there to dismiss,” Jones said. “I have always worked for myself and you can’t do that. You basically have to straighten that guy out in the mirror when you work for yourself. But certainly, if I’d had the discretion, I’ve done it with coaches and certainly I would have changed a general manager.”
Jones did compliment himself stating that the team has the pieces but just has to put it all together and “beat a team like Atlanta” to make Super Bowl.
Here is the whole transcript of the interview with Costas:
On being okay with criticism that comes with the position of Owner/GM: “I’m not going to say that’s good because that looks sadistic. By the way, my wife has said, ‘I think you’ve got some of that in you because you do seem to enjoy it more than you should at times.’ But I do understand it, the passion that goes with it when you don’t have the success. I do want that passion. I do want that interest there, and I try to keep it there with the Dallas Cowboys and where I can in the NFL.”
On Jason Garrett as head coach in the long term: “I think you said the right thing at the end there. This is a long term thing with me. I like what I’m seeing. I don’t like that we are 3-4, but I like the direction.”
On tough loss at Baltimore and whether he talked to Garrett: “I always like to look at the tape and look at the circumstances. Usually, I agree completely with the circumstances and how he made the call. We can all second guess, and I did say usually, because we do all second guess now that we know the result of, let’s say, the direction he went.”
On if Garrett is currently the coach Jerry hopes he will eventually be: “I hope that I’m not the general manager, I hope that I’m not the owner that I’m going to be. And there is no question, when you look at Jason Garrett’s background, when you look at his age, there’s no question that the future is an exciting time for us.”
Is Tony Romo a franchise quarterback: “Tony has won 60% of the games he’s ever started for the Dallas Cowboys. Tony Romo is our quarterback and the way we’re going to go is the way Romo goes.”
Costas: “His contract runs out after next season. Do you intend for him to be the Cowboys quarterback for the foreseeable future? Spend his whole career as a Cowboy?”
Jones: “I do. Now, we negotiating for him right now? Probably I’ve let the cat out of the bag, but I know that I haven’t. But yes, I do.”
On the Cowboys less than impressive record since 1997 and that the only constant staff is Jones as GM/Owner: “Well, I think that’s valid. We’ve had four different division titles since we’ve won our last Super Bowl. We’ve basically have had six losing seasons since we won our last Super Bowl. That’s not acceptable.”
On whether owner Jerry Jones would have dismissed GM Jerry Jones by now: “Well, I think so, because he was there to dismiss. I have always worked for myself and you can’t do that. You basically have to straighten that guy out in the mirror when you work for yourself. But certainly, if I’d had the discretion, I’ve done it with coaches and certainly I would have changed a general manager.”
On if the personnel on the Cowboys roster good enough to win a Super Bowl: “Yes, it is. We just need to put it together and beat a team like Atlanta.”