Who do you blame for the Cowboys’ abysmal loss to the Vikings and for their 1-4 start to the 2010 season? Tony Romo? He actually played pretty well tonight (except that one game-killing interception). Wade Phillips? You could make a case, but he’s not really the guy at the top of the totem pole. Personally, I like Bob Sturms’ answer to the question:
“Some suggest changing the head coach will change everything but others like myself wonder if changing the head coach only bandages the real issue of Jerry Jones being the true leader of this team and most of his head coaches just end up deferring to him. I realize he is the owner but it is not a formula where we have seen great success to have the owner so vocal in the day-to-day operations of this team. If the problem is the coach, we can fix that quite easily. But those of us who have closely watched the last decade have a suspicion that they won’t truly change until they truly change.”
For a guy who is still sore about how Tom Landry was treated, I am really sympathetic to this theory. I’m a fan of the Cowboys, but I have never been a fan of Jerry Jones. Not only did he treat Tom Landry poorly, he has been a meddlesome ownerâ€”one that repels head coaches who are great leaders. If you think I’m wrong, do recall the famous feud with two-time Superbowl champion coach Jimmy Johnson. Too bad we can’t fire Jones. I think he may be the goat in this story.