The Dallas Cowboys are currently sitting in first place in the NFC East, but it’s not because they’ve been playing good football, it’s because the rest of the teams are playing just as bad as they are.
Hall of Fame Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman thinks he knows what the issue is, and it’s not Jason Garrett.
Aikman recently spoke out against how Jerry Jones runs his organization unlike other owners and it has shown with the low amount of playoff wins since 1996.
“There is a lot to this job,” Aikman said Wednesday as he was given the Heart of Dallas Award by the Dallas Influencers in Sports and Entertainment. “There is a lot he has to overcome. It’s not run traditionally the way most organizations are and that is to the detriment of the Cowboys. You can’t look at three playoff wins over the last 25 years and surmise that all the problems over that time have to do with coaching. I think you have to look at the top and say how are we doing it from the top. I think businesses do that. I think anyone worth their salt evaluate it from the top down.”
Aikman noted on KTCK-AM that Garrett likes to focus on the immediate task at hand, but his message quickly gets undermined by Jerry Jones who speaks on winning a Super Bowl at every turn.
“We’ve got a head coach who we know for 10 years has been saying, ‘We’re focused on Tuesday. Today. That’s all we’re worried about is having the best practice today that we can possibly have.’ And that’s been his messaging throughout, and the owner’s talking about getting on a run to win the Super Bowl,” Aikman said, via the Dallas Morning News. “You’ve got a head coach who comes down and says we’re going to evaluate the kicker, and then the front office says right after that – probably in a press conference right outside the locker room – that they weren’t evaluating the kicker. All those things have an impact, and it slowly trickles down. So, I think there are a lot of factors that have played into this – coaching, obviously hasn’t been great at times in certain situations, players haven’t played great, but the front office hasn’t been great in allowing the head coach to do his job, either.”