Jerry Jones calls the shots when it comes to the Dallas Cowboys and has no intention of altering this situation as long as he owns the team. With the Boys mired at the periphery of the NFC playoff picture, however, fans bereft of hope are calling for change.
With no one higher than Jones in the franchise's hierarchy to ask for help, one fan is throwing a hail mary to Washington.
After a loss to the rival Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving dropped Jones' Cowboys to 5-6 on the season, one fan started a petition in hopes of fixing his favorite team. He's not calling for the ouster of mercurial quarterback Tony Romo or underwhelming head coach Jason Garrett. Instead, this petition calls for the removal of the decision maker that tied the team's fate to both men: Jerry Jones.
One Cowboys fan posted a petition on whitehouse.gov urging President Barack Obama to remove Jones as GM and owner. The petition picked up more than 2,500 signatures in its first four days. It has a goal of 25,000.
We, the Citizens of the Great State of Texas, and Dallas Cowboys fans worldwide, have been oppressed by an over controlling, delusional, oppressive dictator for way too long. Request the Executive Branch’s immediate assistance in removal of owner and GM, Jerry Jones. His incompetence and ego have not only been an extreme disappointment for way too long, but moreover, it has caused extreme mental and emotional duress.
Even Cowboys legend and Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach thinks Jones needs to, at least, relinquish some of his duties.
"Jerry is trying real hard," Staubach said earlier in November on the Mike & Mike Show on ESPN Radio. "He goes back to the old days when they won three Super Bowls. I think the formula is he's got to find a medium ground and delegate more authority."
Unfortunately for Cowboys fans, Jones has indicated that he is not inclined to surrender control.
"We are not structured that way," Jones told KRLD-FM days after Dallas lost to Atlanta in Week 9, per ESPN.com. "We didn't structure it that way with my ownership. There's no way that I would be involved here and not be the final decision-maker on something as important as players, and that is a key area. That's never been anybody's misunderstanding. It's been a debated thing, but it's just not going to happen."
It seems like Cowboys Nation might just have to follow what Staubach told Mike and Mike: "I can't tell him what to do. So I'm just a big Cowboys fan and hoping for the best."