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Gene Wang

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A Losing Formula

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How ironic in the multibillion dollar industry of professional football that the biggest spender hasn't won a playoff game in 13 years, much less a championship. That would be Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who according to NFL.com spent in excess of $566 million from 2004 to '08.

Jones was at his peak as an owner before free agency had a chance to level the playing field. The Cowboys won Super Bowls in the 1992, '93 and '95 seasons, but since free agency really started to take hold in subsequent years, Dallas has one playoff victory.

Meantime other teams have spent considerably less and gotten much better results. That just proves adding another zero to the end of a paycheck isn't the answer. Instead the Cowboys need a proven general manager who won't be a flunky to Jones. Bill Parcells pointed the Cowboys in the right direction, but they clearly have regressed since he left the organization.

All Jones needs to do is look at the rest of the NFC East for verifcation that excessive spending doesn't buy wins. The New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles are 19 and 20 on the list of the league's biggest spenders, yet they have a Super Bowl victory and many playoff wins between them since 2004. Washington, the league's third highest spending team, has one playoff win in that span.

The current state of the Cowboys is much like that of the economy. Years of capricious and irresponsible spending are taking their toll, and based on last season's debacle, it doesn't look as if Dallas will extricate itself anytime soon.

By Gene Wang  |  July 3, 2009; 7:52 AM ET  | Category:  Dallas Cowboys , Gene Wang , Seattle Seahawks , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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