January 3, 2012

Jerry Jones has no plans to step down as Cowboys GM

The owner says the team works best when he plays a dual role.

Jerry Jones is owner, president and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys.

And it's going to stay that way.

One day after Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay stunned the NFL by firing his vice chairman Bill Polian and general manager Chris Polian, Jones said he has no interest in bringing Bill Polian to the Cowboys front office or anyone else to serve in that role.

Jones said the job of general manager is his alone and it works best for the Cowboys with him as involved as he is as the owner.

"The thing you've got to realize is that when you have an owner that is full time as the owner, then you create a situation where you have as much turnover at GM as you do at coaching level," Jones said Tuesday on KRLD/105.3 FM. "And I think that just deters from the mix."

Jones said he has been doing things the same way since he bought the team in 1989. He understands why the questions about his football philosophy come up when the Cowboys are not winning.

"The facts are that I've spent 22 years doing this exactly the same way," Jones said. "I've made a lot of changes from year to year as time goes along.

"I know that when we do not have the kind of success, when we don't have expectations lived up to, the one that should get the most heat is the one that ultimately makes the decisions, period, with the Dallas Cowboys. And that's me."

Looking ahead

It has been 16 years since the Cowboys last played in a Super Bowl, marking the longest such streak in franchise history.

Ten teams have made the Super Bowl from the NFC over the past decade while the Cowboys have one playoff win and four playoff appearances during that span.

It is an unacceptable situation, according to Jones.

When asked what Cowboys fans have to feel good about their team going forward, Jones pointed to the fact he routinely has the highest payroll in the NFL.

"One of the things that can be utilized to do better is money," Jones said Tuesday. "We spend more money than anybody in football to have a good football team. We just have to do a better job in how we do it. It doesn't always win it."

When looking to next year, Jones likes the mix with rookie DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones at running back. He also believes coach Jason Garrett will be better in his second full season as head coach as will defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

"If you look at some of the better defenses, they match up to what Rob does philosophically," Jones said. "He will have off-season to institute what he does."

The Cowboys finished 14th in the league in total defense.

8-8 hangover

Jones still can't shake Sunday's 31-14 NFC East showdown loss and missing the playoffs.

The Cowboys were 1-4 in December and January this season, bringing their record to 13-19 in the closing months of the season since 2006.

"It's a shame," Jones said of the loss. "It's so disappointing to have [Tony] Romo be the fourth-rated passer and not be in the playoffs. It's terribly disappointing.

"In general, it was disappointing not to be able to have a better December than we had."

A good guy

Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears has been voted the team's Good Guy Award winner for the 2011 season.

The Good Guy Award is given annually to a player for his cooperation with the media and for the way he carries himself in the community and with his teammates.

The local chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America began the award after the 2009 season. Receiver Roy Williams won the inaugural award, and Jon Kitna was the winner in 2010.

Future signing

The Cowboys signed cornerback Mario Butler to their future list.

Clarence E. Hill Jr.


Twitter: @clarencehilljr

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