Make no mistake, Jerry Jones runs the Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP)

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:23 PM ET

Let’s see if we got this right.

In Indianapolis, the Polians got the boot, all Bill Polian did was draft Peyton Manning and build a club that until this season had made the playoffs for nine consecutive seasons.

In Chicago the other day, the Bears got rid of general manager Jerry Angelo. In his 10 years all he did was win four division titles, reach two NFC title games and appear in one Super Bowl.

The Dallas Cowboys, meanwhile, are a team that for the past decade has been spinning its wheels, has never lived up to its hype. Since its last Super Bowl triumph in 1995, the Cowboys have won just four division titles. They have also won just one game in the past seven playoff appearances.

Yet, Jerry Jones remains their GM for life. No chance of a turnover or housecleaning in Dallas.

Jones also happens to be the owner and has held the duel titles ever since he purchased the team from H.R. “Bum” Bright for $140 million in 1989.

So, he isn’t about to fire himself as the GM despite the fact that 2011 was just another in a long list of underachieving, disappointing seasons. The Cowboys missed out on a chance to win the NFC East on the final day of the regular season by losing to the New York Giants. They finished the season at 8-8 and on the outside looking in.

Jones, however, is not about seek any additional front office help, to relieve himself of the GM duties. Not this year and probably not ever.

“The facts are that I’ve spent 22 years doing this exactly the same way,” Jones said on radio station KRLD-FM. “I’ve made a lot of changes from year to year as time goes along, but frankly, I know that when we do not have the kind of success, when we don’t have expectations lived up to, the one that should get the most heat is the one that ultimately makes the decisions, period, with the Dallas Cowboys. And that’s me.”

Jones has an ego the size of Texas and isn’t about to drop any of his current responsibilities. Besides, he says, having a GM would just get in the way — his way.

“The thing you’ve got to realize is that when you have an owner that is full-time as the owner (and isn’t involved as GM), then you create a situation where you have as much turnover at GM as you do at the coaching level,” Jones said. “And I think that just deters from the mix.”

For a change of pace, Jones isn’t contemplating a coaching change even though Jason Garrett made enough poor decisions to perhaps warrant one.

“One of the first jobs of a GM is to have good coaching,” Jones said. “I think we’ve got good coaching. I know that they know it can be better, but every team can say that. I look at our coaching and I like it. I look at our personnel. We had a total of 71 players on the roster all year, 31 were new players. I look at the mix of players, the veteran, the young player, where we’re going to be with our core. I know we can do better, but I think there are some positives there.”

If he needs any additional help, any additional information to make the team better, he said he goes out and gets it.

“The way we’re structured and the way it is, our fans need to understand that I have the ability to go get anybody and any bit of information that there is, sports or football, and I do,” he said. “I go get it. We get it from a lot of sources.”

The main source, though, is Jones.

It’s his team, his stadium, his ball. He runs the show and that’s the way he likes it.

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