Thanks to a good friend of mine, I’ve become a regular reader of ProFootballTalk.com, which I’ve found to be an outstanding source of breaking football news and rumors.
While browsing the site this morning, I saw a headline that made me shake my head and yell out, “Duh!” — “Report: Cowboys Need Discipline .” Well, no shit! But after reading the story, my hopes for this team are dimmer than ever.
According to the post — which quotes a story by Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News — team owner Jerry Jones may be far more at fault for the Cowboys’ lack of discipline than head coach Wade Phillips.
The team apparently suffered from chronic lateness, delaying not only the start of meetings, but the departures of charter flights to road games. Are you kidding me? And Watkins reported that while former head coach Bill Parcells would fine players $5,000 for being late to meetings, Jones capped Phillips’ fines at $100. Fining Terrell Owens $100 is like fining me a quarter. Come on, now.
I can’t sum this up any better than ProFootballTalk.com’s Aaron Wilson did: “All of this information leads to one admittedly simple conclusion: Why doesn’t Jerry Jones clean house, including the coaching staff, and bring in someone tough enough to command respect and end the era of permissiveness and pampering? Answer: Jones simply got tired of Bill Parcells and Jimmy Johnson telling him ‘No’ when they were in Dallas, and Jones enjoys running the Cowboys as his personal fantasy football team. Stronger leadership has to start at the top.”
Hey, Jerry, did you forget that Jimmy Johnson put together a team that won three Super Bowls in four years (sorry, but Barry Switzer gets no credit from me), and that Bill Parcells took a team that had finished 5-11 three straight years and made them respectable? Do you know why? Because they know football and you don’t.
For the good of the team, please hire some good football people and stay in the background, or a team with more than enough talent to win a Super Bowl will never do so.