The Dallas Cowboys have one playoff win in 16 seasons, but owner and GM-for-life Jerry Jones wants to make sure he gets full credit when they finally do win another Super Bowl.
Jones met with reporters Sunday aboard his brand-new, $2 million luxury bus at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Amid the opulent setting, Jones said the last 16 seasons haven’t been what he’s wanted, but he does want credit when things turn around.
“I would grant you the decisions that have been made over the years have not produced a Super Bowl, two Super Bowls or three Super Bowls that I would like to have been a part of,” Jones said, according to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegrram. “And the only thing I am going to do there is keep trying and then make sure I get the credit when we do get that one.
“Y’all are going to give it to me, aren’t you?”
Jones’ statement comes off as an acknowledgement that former coach Jimmy Johnson gets the bulk of the credit for the three Super Bowls the Cowboys won early in his ownership tenure. By most accounts Johnson had control over personnel decisions in those days.
But don’t expect things to change now that Jones is ultimate decision-maker on football issues.
“I pretty much go with what I did the night I bought the team,” Jones said. “I said I was going to be the GM…It would be a façade if someone else was sitting in my shoes and someone thought they were spending the money. It would be a deception.”
After going 8-8 the last two seasons, Jones isn’t trying to deceive anyone by saying all is well for the Cowboys. He said the team was “in a rut that is akin to lying dead in a coffin.”
But Jones is optimistic that recent changes will get the Cowboys out of that rut. The coaching staff was overhauled, including a switch in defensive philosophy.
Jason Garrett is still the head coach but offensive coordinator Bill Callahan will have more input in the offense next season and perhaps take over the play-calling.
“I think we have changed,” Jones said. “I’m positive and I feel good we have changed. I feel good where this thing sits right now. I’m not in a good mood. I’m not in a bad mood, but I’m sure not up here celebrating.”
Jones tried to bolster Garrett’s standing, while at the same time putting him on notice that 8-8 will not be satisfactory in 2013.
Jones said it was Garrett who made all the new coaching hires. Jones also said he has not commanded Garrett to give up play-calling, but rather he informed Garrett that he no longer requires his head coach to call plays.
“This thing has been a big disappointment the last couple of years. I’m not satisfied,” Jones said. “We’ve got to start knocking on the door. So there is a lot of resolve and not a lot of patience, and Jason knows that.”