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Mirror, Mirror On The Wall: Jerry Jones Says He Would Have Fired Himself As GM

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones said that he would have fired himself as GM based on how the team has performed over the last few seasons. Jones sat down with NBC’s Bob Costas prior to last night’s Cowboys-Falcons game and Costas noted that since ’97, the Cowboys are 123-124 in the regular season and 1-6 in the playoffs. Costas: “Players have come and gone, coaches have come and gone. The constant is Jerry Jones. What’s your self-critique?” Jones: “We’ve had four division titles since we won our last Super Bowl. We’ve basically have had six losing seasons since we won our last Super Bowl. That’s not acceptable.” Costas asked, “Would Owner Jerry Jones have by now dismissed GM Jerry Jones?” Jones said, “Well, I think so because he was there to dismiss. 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 had had the discretion -- I’ve done it with coaches -- certainly I would have changed general managers” (“FNIA,” NBC, 11/4). YAHOO SPORTS' Doug Farrar writes Jones has been GM "since he bought the team in 1989, though it's well-known that Jimmy Johnson assembled the teams that won three Super Bowls in the early 1990s, and Bill Parcells had more to do with the teams that showed a lot of talent in recent years than the owner did" (, 11/5).
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