Disagreement Over Johnny Manziel Not The First Time Jerry & Stephen Jones Have Butted Heads
Keeping up with the Jones’ is a task most demanding, and one which has proven the theory that some people never change.
Jerry Jones, in his lofty capacity as Owner/General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys, appeared to a gullible public to have turned over a new leaf this past May when he bypassed Texas A&M superstar quarterback Johnny Manziel in the NFL Draft, opting instead for Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin. Foregoing a made-in-heaven opportunity to land a flashy headline-magnetic personality such as Manziel went against everything Jones has done for the past 25 years.
For some out there, this one instance was all the reason they needed to proclaim that Jones was finally getting football savvy on us. Jones was finally acting like a real NFL general manager.
But as Jim Dent’s new book Manziel Mania tells us, Jerry was, in fact, acting very Jerry-like on that fateful Thursday night in the Cowboys’ war room.
Writes Dent: “I could just see Jones grabbing Manziel with the 16th choice of the first round. I wrote a book about Jerry Jones in 1995 titled ‘King of the Cowboys.’ I know the Boss Hog. I knew that Jones’ hands were shaking when the Cowboys went on the clock with Manziel still on the board. I could envision Jones scribbling the name of Johnny Manziel on the draft card. Indeed, all of these things happened. As it turned out, Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones had snatched the Manziel card straight out of his dad’s hand. Otherwise, Jerry would have drafted him and JFF would have sat for at least three years behind Tony Romo.”
Such a disagreement is reminiscent of another time Stephen and Jerry had a confrontation, one that very nearly ended with the two of them trading punches. Unlike on Draft night, though, Stephen didn’t have an audience full of team executives then to use as leverage, and could only watch as Jerry single-handedly buried a Dallas dynasty.