Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones really, really badly wants to win another Super Bowl.
At least, that’s what he’ll tell you.
Jones is adamant that he only wants to do what’s best for the team that he’s (mostly unsuccessfully) owned for over three decades.
And yet when it comes time to make difficult decisions, he’s often hesitant to do so. Take, for example, his decision to name his son Stephen the team’s executive vice president, CEO, and director of player personnel while Jones himself is the team’s general manager.
“When you work for yourself, there’s no firing him,” Jones said in 2020. “You gotta change him. And he’s gotta change the direction he’s going.”
And yet despite wielding immense power, it appears the Cowboys’ head honcho has very little idea about what’s actually driving the success behind the league’s top teams.
Last year, the Cowboys went into the season with very little depth the wide receiver position. What resulted was a career-worse year for star quarterback Dak Prescott.
Jones and co. addressed that need in the offseason.
But it appears he’s about to make the same mistake.
After kicker Brett Maher went 29-of-32 on field goals and 50-of-53 on extra points in the regular season a year ago, he seemingly melted down in the postseason.
Maher went a stunning 1-of-5 on extra points in Dallas’ Wild Card win over Tampa Bay. He then missed yet another extra point the following week in a loss to San Francisco and his unreliability completely changed the game for coach Mike McCarthy.
Jones tried to address that by signing journey kicker Tristan Vizcaino as well as former USFL player and pro soccer player Brandon Aubrey in the offseason.
The two competed in mini camp, though both struggled enough that fans felt Dallas should explore other options. Jones disagreed.
The Cowboys have decided to release Tristan Vizcaino, per source, leaving Brandon Aubrey as the only kicker in camp. Vizcaino went 22 of 35 in the first eight padded practices of training camp. He was 4 of 8 on Saturday. Aubrey has gone 26 of 35.
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) August 7, 2023
The Cowboys released Vizcaino on Monday. And Jones said he’s comfortable with Aubrey.
Jerry Jones on Cowboys kicker Brandon Aubrey: “We’re very comfortable going into the season with him.”
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 7, 2023
He may well be the only one.
— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) August 7, 2023
— Dak is elite✭ (@MJO316x) August 7, 2023
— Kyle (@mcnultyk9) August 7, 2023
Jerry Jones is up to his old tricks. And it’ll likely end with the Cowboys failing to reach the NFC Championship Game for a 28th consecutive year.