It is never a good thing when I dip my toe into sportness.
So you have been warned.
Yeah, so here is a sports opinion that I want to offer to any Ticket host who wants to adopt it. No, really. That fortunate host may have it free of charge, and the beauty part is that he, whoever he may turn out to be, may have it without giving this site any credit whatsoever. No mention necessary. Hey, what good would more readers do me? I don't get a nickel from this if I have one hit a day or a million.
It's a Cowboys opinion. I have not heard it previously opined. If anyone has previously opined it, well, I thought of it first a long time ago, so that's my position on that there.
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No one thinks that Jerry's management of the Cowboys is competent. This evening, I'm thinking particularly of his game of musical coaches, the difference between what Jerry's doing and musical chairs being that no one gets eliminated -- you just get more and more coaches.
But I don't think this is just aimless, random meddling.
I think Jerry knows exactly what he's doing.
Now, this is not to say that what he's doing is good for the Cowboys. But I think that Jerry believes that what he's doing is good for Jerry.
So here is my theory:
Jerry keeps adding coaches and layers of football-team management because it is a way for him to increase his influence over the coaching function and, ultimately, the locker room.
We all know that if he thought he could get away with it, he'd name himself head coach. Instead, as we also know, he inserts himself in coaching matters.
Adding more coaches and layers of management enables him to meddle more, and more effectively (by his lights), in several ways:
First, the addition of each new coach that Jason Garrett had no role in selecting further dilutes the influence of that poor man.
Second, each new non-Garrett coach gives Jerry someone new to call, someone who hasn't completely tuned him out and who feels some gratitude to him in the short run for giving him a job with one of the most famous sports franchises in the world, and who will report his views to the group.
Third, the more coaches in the room who listen to Jerry when he calls, the more his ideas, advice, scolding, whatever, get repeated in the room.
And, finally, and most importantly for his purposes, if he can get coaches fighting with each other over the direction of the team, the weaker and less certain that direction is and the more influence he will be called upon (by himself, but now with justification he's created by his machinations) to exercise to "resolve" these disagreements.
Take the Callahan business. He won't let Callahan interview for a job? Why not? Because it serves his purpose to have a disaffected and even angry Callahan on the staff, because it gives management -- Jerry -- the chance to step into the coaches' conclave to resolve matters and, oh, by the way, long as I'm here, why don't y'all emphasize the tight ends this week?
Of course, this is a terrible way to manage almost anything. But it is entirely consistent with what we know about Jerry's scorching ambition to be a respected "football man." What better way, in his toupee-warmed brain, than to divide and conquer his own coaching staff?
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