Troy Aikman used to bring a smile to the face of Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones, when he was leading his team to Super Bowl championships. However, now Aikman gets paid to talk about the Cowboys, not play for them.
And given the way the Cowboys have played recently, Jones will likely not have a smile on his face when he hears what Aikman is saying about them, and him.
A day after the Cowboys 28-14 loss to Tennessee on Monday Night Football — a loss made all the worse by the Cowboys near complete offensive ineptitude despite having an extra week to prepare, and the addition of Amari Cooper. Troy Aikman shared his thoughts about the Cowboys future on the Dallas airwaves.
During an interview on 1310 The Ticket, Aikman said his former team needs a “complete overhaul:”
“Go through the list and this team, over a long period of time, has been what it’s been,” Aikman said, via Todd Archer of ESPN.com. “It hasn’t always mattered who the head coach has been. So to me, if you’re asking me, I’d say there has to be a complete overhaul of the entire organization.”
I’ve heard Jerry say, ‘OK, look, we’re going to do it differently. I’m going to do it differently,’ . . . but it’s the same. Nothing changes. And that to me is the bigger issue beyond, yes, coaching is important, personnel, all those things are important, but how are you going about evaluating how you’re going about running the organization? Whatever that looks like — and everyone has an opinion on what it does look like, but I’m not in the building. I have no idea. I talk to people. I talk to people who have been inside the building and have a pretty good understanding how things are run and in a lot of ways there’s a lot of dysfunction and that has to change if this team is going to be able to compete on a consistent basis like the teams that you look to around the league that seemingly are in the hunt each and every year.
Jerry Jones is not just the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, he’s also the teams general manager. So Aikman, who is all too aware of that fact, is calling for sweeping organizational changes while knowing full well that won’t happen because Jones will not fire himself. However, it’s also telling that Aikman minimized the issue of coaching and personnel, in order to specifically criticize the “dysfunction” of those who are “running the organization.”
Especially while knowing that there’s little-to-nothing that can be done about the power structure in the organization.
Those comments should be taken as what they are: A clear broadside from the last Cowboys quarterback to win a Super Bowl, against his former team owner.
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