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Jerry Jones Discusses Management Style, Balancing Act Between Owner And GM

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Jones said he probably has not been as unreasonable as much as he should have
Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones is "not as intrusive and overbearing as most portray," although he admits he has "taken a more active role these last two years with head coach Jason Garrett," according to David Moore of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. Jones concedes he "listens to those outside the organization more than most general managers and wrestles with whether he collects too many opinions." Jones said, "I don’t want an opinion from anybody. Show me why you’re saying it. Show me the facts, show me details, show me reasons why. And if you need to show me three players to show me what the one does, show me. I probably have less show-me in personnel with coaches than I do scouts. But I weigh what the scout says more than the coach." He added, "I don’t mind sounding dumb because I’m not worried about the person thinking, ‘What the hell he’s talking about?’ I did my best work with the Cowboys when I didn’t mind sounding stupid asking the question. That was early." Jones: "I probably have not been unreasonable as much as I should have been over the last 25 years relative to coaches. Is that one of the disadvantages of sitting here being the owner and general manager? Yes. ... People ask, ‘Have you changed what you’re doing over the last few years?’ The last couple of years I’ve had more involvement than probably any time in my career relative to the nuances." Jones continued, "Yes, I’ve changed. What people actually thought I was before, now I am. ... I don’t hate the world and moan and groan because we’ve been 8-8 the last three seasons. But I’ll tell you this, I don’t gloat around here either. And that’s a change" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/23).
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