Stephen Jones Defends Jerry Jones

Jerry Jones often takes a beating -- and I'll stand guilty as charged as one of Jerry's critics. Jones' son, Stephen, who serves as Dallas' Executive Vice President, took some time to defend his dad on ESPN Radio in Dallas.

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"I think he does listen well. I think we hire good people, we've got a great personnel department," he said. "I believe we've got one of the best coaching staffs. And it's not like he's going around making decisions in a vacuum. He really counts on our people to have input, he's very open-minded to input from me. I think that's probably the most unfair criticism is people just think he's holding his thumb up in the air and making decisions because he can. I mean, that's just not right."

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It's not really a secret that Jerry wants the glory and accolades for all things Cowboys when things go right. Ever since Barry Switzer left, the Cowboys have trotted out Chan Gailey, Dave Campo, Bill Parcells, Wade Phillips and Jason Garrett on the sideline as head coaches. Those coaches are a combined 1-6 in the playoffs -- which speaks just as much to roster construction as it does to head coaching ability.

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Sure, Jones doesn't just make decisions because he can, and sure, he probably does listen to some of the people around him. Still, Jerry Jones has to be held accountable for Dallas' failures, unless he's going to completely remove himself from football operations, which would be quite a blessing for Cowboys fans.

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