Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/4/13
When exactly is enough? What is the tolerance level?What happens when you reach that mark, when you've finally seen all that you built and pushed your hopes and dreams on, and it doesn't bear the fruit that you promised?Rip it up and start again? Not exactly. It's too far down the road for that now.Its not exactly an ivory tower that Jerry Jones looks down upon his empire from, but it's as probably as close to one that you will find amongst all the steel and glass in his magical kingdom.The rose tinted glasses have been dislodged, and now a sense of mild panic has settled in. Jones is too proud to admit when he's wrong. Anyone with the history behind him as he has in the NFL, will not start to look at, and question himself."I can tell you change is necessary at 8-8...We're going to have to have changes."So what we can we expect after a statement like that?Sweeping wholesale changes of the coaching staff? Well, for all his shortcomings Head Coach Jason Garrett has had a half decent season, the latter half especially. After all he was groomed for the post by Jones himself. Yes Jerry saw something in Jason that others clearly didn't, and so its unlikely that he will be ousted. Rob Ryan the large than life defensive coordinator could be for the chop, his promises much like Jones before him haven't really materialized. Perhaps a more subtle change will occur with Garrett already stating that he would be willing to step away from offensive playcalling and let someone else call the shots.Enter (or re-enter) a certain Norv Turner perhaps. Familiar with Jones from the Cowboys early 90's dynasty. There was no real bad blood spilt from when he departed to pursue the high life of head coaching in the NFL.Down to the playing level. The story of the Cowboys season was one of injuries and a lack of focus. The defensive side of things were struck badly with seven starters being struck out for the season over the course of the campaign. Players stepping up and being called in from the street did a job, but the loss of key players doesn't help. The focus was lacking in terms of the amount of needless penalties. Time and time again the yellow flags came in at the most inopportune of times.So can we expect a lot of new personnel for Jerry Jones to rule over. He will be looking at the draft board with more urgency this year. Maybe he has one more big wheeling-dealing trade left in him that will blow everything out of the water. He will order the contracts of those at the top of the pay tree to be rewritten. Free up some much needed cash.The thing is we've heard it all before.How the offensive line will be a priority in the off season. How's that project going Jerry?How about the slightly whining effort at the end of last year when it the Giants were merely doing what we would have done. Ok, sure. I'll buy that a little if you can back it up and do enough to prove that this year given that you may be in the same position it won't all go to pot.  Oh well, no lesson learned on that one.The majority of Cowboys fans will be eternally grateful for what Jerry Jones did back in the early days of his reign. He turned the flagging franchise around. A lot of water has passed under the bridge now though and those same fans will be thinking only one change is really needed to help the team move forward:General Manager position now vacant. Apply within.
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