Jones shrugs off Aik­man’s call for over­haul

Owner makes clear he’ll re­main team’s ul­ti­mate de­ci­sion-maker

San Antonio Express-News - - NFL - By Ste­fan Steven­son 7:20 p.m. Sun­day, NBC The As­so­ci­ated Press con­tributed to this re­port.

FRISCO — Jerry Jones re­minded the world Fri­day morn­ing that he writes the checks.

The Dal­las Cow­boys owner and gen­eral man­ager was asked on his ra­dio show about Troy Aik­man’s com­ments ear­lier this week that the team needed an over­haul af­ter a 3-5 start.

“This is a tough stretch we’re in. We’ve been through tough stretches when he played here,” Jones said on KRLD/105.3 The Fan. “Peo­ple are go­ing to be crit­i­cal and take their shots. I’m fully aware that this is a time we should be crit­i­cized.”

Jones then went into a long, com­pli­cated (and con­fus­ing) rap about how much turnover there is in the NFL with coaches and gen­eral man­agers and noted that the Cow­boys have had two GMs in their his­tory: Tex Schramm for 29 years fol­lowed by Jones.

“It’s sure as the lights com­ing up is who­ever is in some of th­ese key po­si­tions that they’re not only go­ing to get crit­i­cized, but they very eas­ily could have turnover,” he said. “How you func­tion be­low the gen­eral manger can func­tion in a lot of (dif­fer­ent) ways, but it turns out this gen­eral man­ager is the owner of the team.”

Jones’ point was sim­ple: As long as he’s breath­ing, he’ll keep mak­ing de­ci­sions for the Cow­boys. Jones also added that re­spon­si­bil­ity re­quires lis­ten­ing and “get­ting as many com­pe­tent peo­ple around you as you can get around you.”

“Ev­ery team in the NFL, the ul­ti­mate de­ci­sion-maker is the guy that has the vote at the league of­fice, that’s on per­son­nel, that’s on coach­ing, that’s whether the lights go on or off. Since I’ve owned the team, I’ve been that vote and that de­ci­sion maker. No one has ever, in any way, had the abil­ity to pre-empt any de­ci­sion I ul­ti­mately make.”

The Cow­boys are do­ing more shuf­fling at re­ceiver as they try to re­vive one of the NFL’s worst pass­ing at­tacks be­fore a crit­i­cal game at Philadel­phia. The Cow­boys on Fri­day waived one of their key off­sea­son free agent pick­ups, re­ceiver Deonte Thomp­son, while ac­ti­vat­ing Noah Brown off in­jured re­serve and pro­mot­ing Lance Lenoir from the prac­tice squad.

The moves come two weeks af­ter the Cow­boys traded their up­com­ing first-round draft pick to Oak­land for re­ceiver Amari Cooper, who scored a touch­down in his Dal­las de­but, a 28-14 loss to Ten­nessee. The Cow­boys (3-5) visit the de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pion Ea­gles (4-4) on Sun­day night.

Dal­las is 29th in the league in pass­ing and hasn’t been able to com­pen­sate for de­fenses that fo­cus on stop­ping star run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott.

Brown hasn’t played this sea­son while bat­tling a ham­string in­jury. He ap­peared in 13 games last sea­son, with four catches for 33 yards. Lenoir ap­peared in one game last year.

The Cow­boys ruled out four de­fen­sive play­ers against the Ea­gles: line­men Taco Charl­ton (shoul­der) and David Irv­ing (an­kle) and lineback­ers Sean Lee (ham­string) and Joe Thomas (foot). Rookie left guard Con­nor Wil­liams also was ruled af­ter hav­ing arthro­scopic knee surgery this week.

Bebeto Matthews / As­so­ci­ated Press

Jerry Jones noted on his Fri­day ra­dio show that he and Tex Schramm are the only gen­eral man­agers the Cow­boys have had in their 59-year his­tory.

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