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Doug Farrar
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Doug Farrar

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Cowboy Torture Never Stops

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You know, it's funny that people compare Jerry Jones with Al Davis as meddlesome owners who think they're coaches -- but Al Davis was actually a coach once. He was on Sid Gillman's early Chargers staff in the old AFL, and coached the Raiders from 1-13 in 1962 to 10-4 in 1963 in his first season there. Before the weirdness kicked in, Davis actually knew as much about personnel as anyone in this league. He was brilliant at getting players from smaller schools, and finding reclamation projects that would work in concert for the good of the team -- guys with one more chance who had everything to lose.

Jerry Jones may have played for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but that's where the "expertise" stops. Jones has no specific background in personnel, he has no demonstrated ability to scout and acquire talent, and he has never been the deciding factor in any Cowboys turnaround. What he has shown is an ability to hire brilliant personnel people, stay out of the way for a while they do their work, and sweep in to take the credit when things start to go well. This happened to Jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells, and the times when Jones was in charge and hired coaches who would step in line were marked by sub-.500 seasons.

Now, Jones wants to gag everyone but himself when it comes to what comes out of Valley Ranch? Fine. Is he going to take questions about the abysmal Roy Williams trade? The Terrell Owens fiasco? Is this more spin control? Will he honestly address the next late-season collapse? Or will Wade Phillips and other coaches be called on the carpet to explain various mistakes and indiscretions when it better suits the owner for others to take blame? My guess is that the gag order will last until Jones hears another set of questions he can't answer in a way that explains his own modus operandi favorably.

In the long term, look forward to another team downturn, followed by Jones hiring another personnel genius to turn it back around ... followed by another swoop-in with more drama. Another gag order, more collapses ... yikes. We've seen this movie before, and we'll most certainly see it again.

By Doug Farrar  |  February 24, 2009; 9:47 AM ET  | Category:  Dallas Cowboys , Doug Farrar , NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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