Jerry Jones & Jason Garrett – Chasing the Dallas Cowboys Legacy of Tom Landry
Jerry Jones began his career as an NFL Owner with the infamous dismissal of legendary Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Tom Landry. He instantly created deep seated derision from a broad cross-section of Cowboys fans. To date, Jones has yet to win back the favor of many of those fans.
This failure is not from a lack of trying on Jerry’s part. He remains keenly aware of this deep divide between himself and this loyal segment of the Cowboys faithful while busily growing the Cowboys brand globally. Inducting Tom Landry into the Ring of Honor as well as erecting a Tom Landry statue in from of first Texas Stadium, then AT&T Stadium are just two of the actions taken to alleviate the ghostly specter his initial business errors.
While hoping to assuage the obvious lack of love over time, the latest overt move comes with the latest Head Coach Jason Garrett. Shortly after hiring him, Jones let it be known that Jason Garrett was “my Tom Landry.”
It is not surprising that heads were a-shaking and murmurs were being uttered, some not so quietly. Jerry was talking again! And again, his verbosity was touching the sacred legacy of Martyr Landry. The obvious choice for listeners was whether to laugh or cry. Like I said, heads shaking and lips muttering.
Of course, such identification with a lofty legacy could easily be an unbearable burden for most sets of shoulders. In Landry-esque style, though, Garrett stoically took the mantle handed to him almost as if He expected it. To his credit, he has maintained that same even tempered style for the past four years, drawing legitimate comparisons to the Cowboys’ original Head Coach. Unflappable, annoyingly consistent and ever focused on the tasks at hand, Garrett has methodically built the Cowboys into an image reminiscent of Tom Landry.
The most visible sign of that Landry image is winning consistently. Steady progress at implementing his program culminated in the Cowboys first playoff victory since 2009 and only their second since 1996. Far from being finished, Garrett moves forward toward goals to be accomplished.
In the mean time, wins accumulate and the legacy of Jason Garrett is born. Jerry Jones can’t help but be thankful for
such a reality. For it is this coming season, baring a complete catastrophe, that Garrett will surpass Jimmy Johnson and trail only Tom Landry for the most wins in Dallas Cowboys history.
It is something that Jerry can take credit for. It was done with no glitz and no glamour. It was done the Tom Landry Way.