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Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones reiterated his stance that he is going to remain the team's GM. Speaking on his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM, Jones said, "There’s no way that I would be involved here and not be the final decision-maker on something as important as players, and that is a key area. That’s never been anybody’s misunderstanding. It’s been a debated thing but it’s just not going to happen. We’ve had success doing it this way and we’re going to have success in the future doing it this way.” Jones in an interview with NBC’s Bob Costas prior to Sunday's Cowboys-Falcons game said he probably would have made a change if the GM was a different person. Jones yesterday said, “I was asked the question, ‘If you were an owner and you had a general manager would you make a change?’ Under those circumstances I speculated that I probably would’ve made a change. But that’s not our situation. To change, I’d have to change myself. People don’t do that” (“The Jerry Jones Show,” KRLD-FM, 11/6). ESPN DALLAS' Calvin Watkins noted Jones "the owner and Jones the general manager have won three Super Bowls together," but the GM "has struggled ... recently." Only five players remain "from the 2009 and 2010 drafts combined," and the team is just 123-124 since '97. The GM's tenure "has been marred by questionable trades," including giving up three draft picks for WR Roy Williams. However, he also "has made some good moves," including trading up to draft CB Morris Claiborne this year (ESPNDALLAS.com, 11/6).
TIME TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR: ESPN DALLAS' Tim MacMahon wrote under the header, "It's Time To Fire The Man In The Mirror." MacMahon: "Jerry isn't so delusional that he believes he's done a good job as the general manager over the last decade and a half. ... But Jerry doesn't want to win. He wants to get the lion's share of the glory. That's why he'll never, ever consider putting his ego aside for the best interests of the franchise by giving up the GM duties." A "reasonable, honest man would stare in the mirror and see someone not fit to make the personnel decisions for an NFL franchise." But Jones "uses those three Lombardi Trophies as mirrors, rationalizing that his way has been proven as the right way" (ESPNDALLAS.com, 11/4). In Dallas, Rick Gosselin wrote if Jones “is trying to build this team in the image of those that won Lombardi trophies for him in the past, he is failing.” Gosselin: “When I look at the 2012 Cowboys, I don’t see a championship team. I’m not sure what Jerry is seeing. The man who provides the vision for a franchise appears to have lost that vision” (DALLASNEWS.com, 11/6). Also in Dallas, Brandon George writes Jones has “done it his way most of his life in becoming one of the nation’s richest men.” He has a new stadium in Arlington “that’s always sold out, and despite declining TV ratings for the Cowboys, Jones’ franchise is worth more money than any other in North America.” And the fans -- even the ones” who cry out for him to hire a general manger -- keep coming back for more despite the mediocrity on the field” (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 11/7).
THE ADAMS FAMILY: In Nashville, David Climer writes Titans Owner Bud Adams is correct to criticize his team, as when an NFL team “performs as poorly as the Titans did on Sunday, something is horribly amiss.” Adams has put "everybody on alert" that if things "don’t improve over the next seven games, heads are going to roll." Climer: "Just wondering: Has an NFL owner ever fired himself? ... Let’s not ignore the man sitting in the owner’s booth.” Climer adds, “My only guess is that Bud had grown comfortable with what the Titans were under [former head coach Jeff] Fisher: a franchise that had occasional upticks but more often than not was stuck in neutral. Mediocrity was acceptable” (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 11/7).
Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie last summer quietly extended GM Howie Roseman's contract "for an additional four to five years" after Joe Banner stepped down as team President, according to a source cited by Jeff McLane of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. When Lurie first announced a "succession plan" in June, he said that new President Don Smolenski had "signed a multiyear deal." He did not "elaborate on Roseman's contract, however, except to say that he had an existing contract." It "turns out that deal ... lengthened significantly." The contract appears to give Roseman "security beyond this season." He is likely to "play an important part" in choosing coach Andy Reid's successor should Lurie fire him. Since Roseman was named the league's youngest GM in January '10, the Eagles have "gone 21-19 and lost a playoff game to the Packers" after the '10 regular season (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 11/7). CSNPHILLY.com's Reuben Frank wrote the new contract "doesn't guarantee that Roseman would survive a mass firing at the end of the season ... but it does make it far more likely that Roseman would remain" even if Reid is fired. Not "just because he's under contract through at least 2016 but because the extension he signed just a few months ago shows just how strongly" Lurie supports Roseman. If Lurie decides to fire Reid, he could "determine that the team's problems had more to do with coaching than with talent and justify bringing Roseman back with the explanation that despite poor drafts in 2010 and 2011, he stocked the roster with enough talented players through free agency, trades and the 2012 draft for the coaches to have every opportunity to win" (CSNPHILLY.com, 11/6). Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio said from Lurie's perspective, Roseman "has done a great job.” The win-loss record “will be pinned on Andy Reid regardless of how good these players are or aren't” (“PFT,” NBC Sports Network, 11/6).
MLS Sporting KC has a "fascinating issue to tackle: whether to keep the Livestrong name on the stadium," according to Sam Mellinger of the K.C. STAR. Sporting KC is hosting the Dynamo tonight in the second leg of their Eastern Conference Semifinals, and the match will "presumably bring the cancer-fighting charity for which the stadium is named its most significant shot of non-doping publicity since Lance Armstrong was effectively proven a fraud" several weeks ago. The franchise's top execs "must weigh the fight against cancer against the potential harm of associating with a proven sports cheat." Mellinger notes the club's owners "aren't sure what will happen" with the stadium's name. Co-Majority Owners Neal Patterson and Cliff Illig have "remained mostly silent on the this topic" publicly, but privately they are "talking and thinking about this and know it will become one of their most pressing issues whenever the season ends." The key will be "whether Sporting's owners believe their own carefully cultivated brand will be harmed by continued association with Armstrong's creation, and whether Livestrong can fulfill its mission of inspiring cancer patients while its own founder has been so shamed." The "easy thing" would have been for Sporting KC to "walk away from Livestrong already." But a willingness to "wait this long indicates a willingness to go against making the PR-approved, masses-pleasing move of renaming the stadium" (K.C. STAR, 11/7).
KEEP IT CLEAN: In Houston, Jose de Jesus Ortiz wrote he hopes MLS and Sporting KC officials "are vigilant ... in protecting Dynamo fans from racist taunts" during tonight's game. Several people noted that Dynamo fans were "taunted during the 2011 Eastern Conference final at Livestrong Sporting Park last year by K.C. fans asking them to show them their green cards." Ortiz: "When MLS suspended some of the Dynamo supporters’ privileges at away games early in the season for their actions during the 2011 playoffs, many Dynamo supporters reached out to me and alerted me about the abuse they received in Kansas City." Ortiz added, "I’m trying to get MLS commissioner Don Garber to address this issue and tell the Houston Chronicle what MLS can do to make sure these incidents don’t happen again" (CHRON.com, 11/6).