Deep Posts – Why Jerry Jones thinks he’s like a porn star

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Porn stars.  Vacuum cleaners.  A survivalist removing venom from a snakebite.  These are the only positions in life that I can think of off the top of my head within which sucking equates to doing one’s job well.

Someone needs to tell Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that as his team’s general manager he does not occupy one of those positions.

This week, Jones told The Dallas Morning News that his two first round draft picks from the 2008 draft “aren’t NFL busts”.  Said players would be RB Felix Jones (taken 22nd overall) and CB Mike Jenkins (25th).  They might not be “busts” in the sense of the total waste of a pick that, say, QB Ryan Leaf was in 1998, but anything better than “wildly disappointing” would be overstating their value.  But that’s what the owner of America’s Team (read: cash-strapped and money-printing on empty value) does best these days: put lipstick on the proverbial pig that his personnel decisions have been.

It’s worth noting that Jerry Jones’ comments come after the team let both Jenkins and Felix Jones go to free agency following frustrating stints in Big D.

As a college prospect at Arkansas, Felix Jones was a member of a highly prolific rushing system – one that produced two other NFL starters that were drafted in the same year as him.  For what it’s worth, Darren McFadden (1st round, 4th pick) and Peyton Hillis (7th round, 227th overall) have also shown flashes of excellence, but are injury-riddled disappointments like Jones.  Where some see coincidence, I see system runners in college that benefitted from sharing time with one another, and have proven incapable of shouldering a starters’ workload.  When you draft a RB in the first round, you’re expecting a productive starter, at least one more productive than an average of 545.6 rushing yards, 25.6 receptions 213.2 receiving yards, and 2.8 combined rushing and receiving touchdowns over the first five years of his pro career – as Jones has done.  Mind you, he was only healthy enough to play in 64 out of 80 regular season games, but that’s more flaw than excuse.  Jones tends to be considered a back with big play capability when he’s healthy.  To do so is to beat Jerry Jones to patting his own back; 2.8 TDs per year over a five-year span doth not an explosive player make.  Not unless you’re talking about his lower body, anyway.  (That explodes at least once a year.)

As for Jenkins, he looked talented – but with tight hips – after holding his own against subpar opposition at South Florida.  Upon arriving in Dallas, Jenkins played inconsistently in coverage, while providing too few big plays over the last 5 years (8 total interceptions; 2009 was the only season in which he had more than1).  He’s been serviceable at best – a player that the franchise was glad to relegate to the bench last season by signing free agent prize Brandon Carr and taking Morris Claiborne last year in the first round of the draft.  Spending a first round pick on a cornerback, then replacing him just five years later with an expensive signee and another first round pick shouldn’t equate to a guy you should be “proud to have” as a former first round pick until last season, as Jerry Jones mentioned during the same interview.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Jones needs to do a better job as owner and start being more critical of his own decisions as GM, or else this team is going to continue playing seasons on a hamster wheel.

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