Clark Judge: ‘Jerry Jones Hasn’t Brought In Right People’
In the last, oh, 48 hours, the Dallas Cowboys have lost one of their most important defensive players – cornerback Orlando Scandrick – for four games for violating the league’s drug policy, and owner Jerry Jones has claimed that he was “misrepresented” in photos that recently surfaced of him in suggestive positions with women, oh, about one-third his age.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is why the Dallas Cowboys have won one playoff game since 1996. This is why they have finished 8-8 in three consecutive seasons.
The demise of the franchise has nothing to do with Ecstasy and strippers. Rather, it has everything to do with Jerry Jones.
“I think that’s it. I think that’s where you start. I start with Jerry Jones,” NFL expert extraordinaire and Talk of Fame Network analyst Clark Judge said on The John Feinstein Show. “He’s a great marketer. He’s a marketing genius. But he knows nothing about personnel. He needs to hire – and has needed to hire – somebody who does, for years. But he won’t – and he won’t because he owns the team. So he can do what he wants. Usually when you own a team, you hire a general manager who knows personnel. He’s not doing that. He’s had some success, but he’s had a lot more misses than hits.”
“So, he’s going to continue there,” Judge continued. “I’ve talked to people there over the years about it and they’ve said there is no way in God’s green earth he’s going to give that up. He’s not. So you can have all the talk you want about it, (and) he can be shamed as much as he wants in terms of the team’s record and the failures of players. He’s not giving up that role. He likes it. He’s not going to give it up.”
And that, for John Feinstein, suggests a disconnect. Jones clearly has a huge ego, but so much of his ego has been tied to the success of the Cowboys since 1989. He had early success – three Super Bowls wins in the mid-90s – but is there no one within the franchise today that can tell Jones there needs to be a change?
“Yeah, the only one who can do that is Jerry Jones – and he’s not doing it,” Judge said. “I cannot emphasize this enough because I felt similarly several years ago when I was talking to some people down there. I said, ‘What doesn’t he get here? If he just brought in somebody, (it would help so much).’ I mean, look what Ozzie Newsome has done with the Baltimore Ravens Now, that’s an extreme example because he’s the best GM around. But if you bring in good personnel people . . . you get better. That’s what happens when you bring in people who know personnel: the teams generally take off. You have the right coach, you have the right people in place. Go.”
“But Dallas has got a fundamental problem,” Judge continued. “And you’re seeing it right now. That defense stinks. It stinks. They just don’t have any players. Sean Lee is gone. Scandrick is going to be gone for the first four games. You look at that depth chart. That’s as bad as you’re going to get for a while unless we have surprises galore. But you look at that and say ‘What happened?’ Well, what happened is they didn’t have the players. They didn’t have the players because the GM didn’t bring in the right people.”
The GM, in this case, is Jones.
“He’s making a lot of money there, and he’s having a lot of fun,” Judge said. “But he’s not winning a lot of games.”