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The Dallas Cowboys are approaching the two decade mark in their Super Bowl drought. There are many reasons why this is so. Behind them all is the General Manager, Jerry Jones. One specific reason to point to in their Worst Decade in History is quarterback Anthony Wright.
By Ryan Bush
Anthony Wright, shown here in a game against
Oakland, started six games for the Cowboys after Troy Aikman's
career-ending injury in December of 2000. Wright never topped the
200-yard mark in passing, a big reason he left the Cowboys with a 1-5
mark as a starter. His 9-yard performance against the Titans to end the
2000 season will forever be remembered as one of the most uninspiring
outings in the history of America's Team.
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In the ever surprising world of Jerry Jones, there's one thing that is never surprising. Jerry forever links his beloved Cowboys with the Super Bowl. Do they deserve such accolades on such a regular basis? Probably not. Just don't attempt to tell Jerry that. Reality tends to be one of those facts of life that Jerry morphs into his own, then pushes as far into the foreseeable future as possible. All is good, whether it is or not. Some things never change.
by Ryan Bush
In Thursday's "State of The Cowboys" address,
Jerry Jones showed several signs that three consecutive seasons without a
playoff berth were taking its toll, admitting that the Cowboys "have
got a lot of work to do."
Yet, being the cheerleader
that he is, he couldn't help but talk about how much better the team is
at this juncture than a year ago, and even managed to insert a comment -
though tongue-in-cheek it may have seemed - about making a run at the
Super Bowl. This pre-training camp talk about a push to the Super
Bowl is a Jones trademark. During the writing of Decade of Futility, I
was shocked to learn just how much so. Since the "One Year Away" Cowboys
shocked the world in 1992 by destroying Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVII by a
52-17 score, Jones has neglected to thrill listeners with Super
aspirations a grand total of four times. That's four out of a possible
twenty-one opportunities. Truly incredible. Even more incredible
are the circumstances surrounding those times when he deemed it better
to be humble, rather than bold. The first occurrence was in the wake of
Troy Aikman's retirement in 2001, when all the Cowboys were leaning
upon was the unproven right arm of Georgia rookie Quincy Carter. Yes,
Jones was magnanimous that day in his respect for the dark hour that his
Cowboys found themselves in, foregoing any Super Bowl predictions,
prophesying instead for a ho-hum mediocre campaign filled with only -
yes, only - ten wins. The only other times that Jones was silent on
any personal visions of impending glory just happened to be during the
first three years of Big Bill Parcells' four-year reign of pigskin
terror, when Jones was effectively kept under wraps. Jones talks so
boldly because he wants the fans to know that he cares, and that he -
in his position as the team's General Manager - has pieced together a
roster that everyone will be proud of. He envisions himself as the
sharpshooter in a darkened gym that calls his own shot on one
three-pointer after another. More importantly, is the fact that
Jones believes these predictions are within the bounds of reason, even
when others around him are pleading with him for patience, and
temperance. The passing years have revealed that Jones is
oblivious to any personal prohibitions related to drinking that most
seductive of drinks, Cowboy Kool-Aid. The Cowboys have reaped the
rewards this millennium of changing head coaches a mind-boggling four
times. Five losing seasons, countless melodramas, one measly playoff
victory, and a decade (2000-2009) that houses the lowest winning
percentage in franchise history. And there, impervious to reality,
criticism, and countless glaring statistics, stood the Cowboys owner
yesterday, handing out a beverage that has enslaved the innocent and
gullible for more than a decade. Yes, drinks are always on the house at
Valley Ranch, no matter the hour, the venue, or circumstance.
Read more about Jerry Jones and the Worst Decade in Dallas Cowboys History in my new book Decade of Futility.
Not many Cowboys fans, even the most dedicated and informed, know that the first decade of the new millenium was the worst in Dallas Cowboys' History.
Bill Parcells was brought on board the Cowboys ship, listing badly and taking on water too rapidly, to correct the mistakes of General Manager Jerry Jones.
Though Parcells definitely turned the franchise around, he didn't experience the success envisioned by Jones. And after four years, Bill knew it he wouldn't either.
So, how is hindsight?
This post by Ryan Bush gives us a glimpse.
Definitely not a match made in Heaven!
Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells on working with Jerry Jones for four years: “He’s a straightforward, honest guy,” Parcells said. “He really is. That’s
all I look for. He was very supportive of me as a coach. Now were there
things going on that occasionally I didn’t like? Yeah, there were, but
that didn’t inhibit me from going to him, talking things out. He’s
really great about that.”
So what drove these two apart? Find out in Chapters 15 and 16 of Decade of Futility.
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Jones Transformed America's Team into a 21st Century Debacle, Resulting
in the Worst Decade in Dallas Cowboys' History.
Authored by Ryan Bush, this tale of the incredible chronicles the failed
attempts of General Manager Jerry Jones to maintain the momentum
created by Jimmy Johnson, then to return the Cowboys to the glory of
yesteryear. In the midst lies a fact that few realize. The first decade
of the 21st century was the worst decade in Cowboys History.
Now you can relive the timeline of the Cowboys descent into uncharted territory with Jerry Jones leading the way.