The big news out of the NFL during week 9 will be that Jerry Jones the owner is not happy with Jerry Jones the general manager.
Which makes sense. The Cowboys had a three-year grace period after Bill Parcells left in which the team went 33-15 with players that the Tuna brought in. But in the past three years, when Jones has filled the team almost entirely with his guys, the Cowboys are 17-23, including 3-5 this season.
Owner Jerry told NBC's Bob Costas that he would, in fact, fire himself as GM.
"Well, I think so … because he was there to dismiss," said Jones.
"I've 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."
Later, Jones seemed to admit that while he SHOULD fire himself as GM, but that he probably won''t.
I bought the team, the night I bought it, I said I would be doing what
I'm doing and that's GM the team and making the final decisions on
personnel,” Jones told the Dallas Morning News. “That's the way it's always been done. We've won three
Super Bowls doing it that way, so I'm going to do it again.”
Of course, they did win three Super Bowls, but none since 1995, when Jimmy Johnson (who basically said he picked all the players, Jones signed them, and that was why Jones started calling himself "GM") left the team.
So why is GM Jerry still around?
Why hasn't Owner Jerry done to GM Jerry what he did to notable coaches like Johnson, Parcells, et al?
There can only be one reason: GM Jerry is blackmailing Owner Jerry.
GM Jerry probably has some pictures of Owner Jerry that he would prefer not to be let out to the public. Owner Jerry probably has no idea how GM Jerry was able to get the pictures, but he knows GM Jerry has them, and for that reason and that reason alone GM Jerry has the best job security ever.
But it's time for Owner Jerry to bite the bullet. He should come clean with whatever Jerry has on him, take his whupping and let GM Jerry go.
It's time for a new vision, a new voice, some new blood with the Cowboys. Stephen Jones will do quite nicely.
And if he doesn't work out, there's always Jerry Jones, Jr.
Predictions made prior to the NFL Week 9 based on the results of those games
Some quick-shot predictions from Week 9 of the NFL season...
After consecutive Broncos wins in which the Giants also were victorious, New York will go back to its early season trend of losing when Denver wins.
Hollywood will be buzzing with the rumors that Eli and Peyton will do a re-make of Cheech and Chong's The Corsican Brothers.
Rooney Mara will win and lose the bet she made with herself.
Chicago's Defense/Special Teams will score 27 points. Chicago's Offense will score 24 points. Tennessee's entire team will score 20 points.
The New Orleans Saints are without their head coach for the entire season. They were without their interim head coach for six games. The started the season 0-4. But it could be worse.
They could be the Philadelphia Eagles.