Will Jerry Jones ever resign as general manager of the Dallas Cowboys? When he fired Wade Phillips on November 8, 2010, he did something he said on many occasions he wouldn’t do. He also did something many people-including me-didn’t think he could do: he changed his mind.
In the weeks leading up to the day Phillips was let go, Jones had insisted he would not fire a coach mid-season. In his press conference after the firing, Jones said he hadn’t made the decision as late as the weekend before the game. But then he changed his mind. And acted on it, both in just a couple days’ time.
Now that we know that Jerry Jones can reverse his position, no matter how strongly defended, maybe Dallas Cowboys fans can take this small step as a good sign. Maybe, just maybe, this new Jerry Jones will one day change his mind again, and do something just about everyone (except, apparently, Jerry Jones) thinks he should do, and no one thinks he will: resign as general manager of the Cowboys.
As vehemently as he refused to even consider firing Phillips, Jones ultimately did it. All it took was for things-meaning the win/loss record-to get bad enough that they could no longer be ignored.
Fans and the media had been vociferously calling for Phillips to be let go, for something to happen to give the Cowboys a chance at salvaging their quickly sinking 2010 season.
It’s not inconceivable, therefore, to think, at least to a small degree, the fan and media uproar got through to Jones and helped influence his decision. He did after all offer an apology to the fans at one point.
Apply that thinking to another Dallas Cowboys situation that could be considered so bad it can no longer be ignored-failure to reach the Super Bowl-and there might be a chance that Jones will realize firing himself will help the Cowboys, just as letting go of Phillips did. Continued calls by fans and the media for Jerry Jones to resign as general manager might one day also get through to him.
Granted, it would take a lot more for this to happen because the person being fired is Jones himself and not someone else, but it is Jerry Jones, the man who most desperately wants a Super Bowl win.
Although I’m not holding my breath, there may come a day when Jerry Jones realizes that his dream of another Super Bowl win is so far away, so nearly unattainable with the status quo, that he can once again change his mind and resign as general manager of the Dallas Cowboys.
When he does that, Jones will once again have done what was best for the team, and made his loyal fans happy.