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Does cowboy culture have to change for them to succeed?

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Charles Robinson, Senior NFL Writer for Yahoo Sports, and Jori Epstein, Dallas Cowboys Writer for USA Today, discuss the stubbornness of owner Jerry Jones and the culture that stubbornness may not be optimal for producing a championship team. Discuss how to connect with Listen to the full conversation on the You Pod to Win the Game podcast. Subscribe anywhere, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.

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Charles Robinson: Does the culture need to change radically for this team to move forward meaningfully? And this kind of — but after you told me that, I replayed what Jerry said. And I was like, man, Joli’s right. Likewise, there’s this element of embracing a kind of great culture that’s really not that great. And maybe that’s part of the reason it’s getting in the way of the organization.

Jolly Epstein: right. Again, I happen to really identify with the blue-collar mentality, things like the grind. . For example, I have no question about Dak Prescott’s work ethic. If you watch Micah Parsons play, you can see how he competes and how he competes.

And there are many guys. I could go down the list for that.That being said, when you have [INAUDIBLE], like you said, look, we’re great, when you have their valuation, it’s worth around $7.5 billion on Sportico this week.・Washington goes down at the receiver. They’re skinny and Jerry told us today, yeah I don’t see any urgency in bringing in another veteran. .

And I think it’s challenging. I think the league is too even a league to beat it over and over again. Don’t be put at a disadvantage because an adverse situation will come. And then again, you might have a Duck-like quarterback in the room and be the leader you want. I don’t think it’s that he’s not to blame for not giving him the tools and coaching he needed at certain times in his career. They didn’t set him up to win.

Charles Robinson: Besides that, I think things would have been different without the $20 million funding. Okay, okay. I’m not a fan of the team, but unless it’s by design, you will inevitably need to defy the salary cap and make the most of it before the season starts. I didn’t think that would necessarily be the case. And, obviously, the trading deadline is much more active now.

So I like to have some of that cap ammunition in there.

Jolly Epstein: yeah he’s not there

Charles Robinson: yes. yes. I don’t understand offensive. I don’t see how this team can realistically improve. And you know the team better than I do. But hey, you’ve seen the occasional spark with Pollard, right? And I understand the idea of ​​a reporter asking a question, as well as fans willing to embrace it.OK, we see a gear change here. But then Jerry comes out and he basically says:

Jolly Epstein: right.

Charles Robinson: And sometimes it feels like stubbornness. I just feel stubborn. That’s – I don’t know how else to handle it. This feels like a stubborn statement.

Jolly Epstein: Yes, we see a lot of stubbornness here, a lot of uncompromising. You become very familiar with all the thesaurus words because you use them all the time. Again, if he said, I’m not using cap space because I want to make room for CeeDee Lamb, Trevon Diggs, and Micah Parsons to show up. You really need someone to take it to the next level. They say part of it, they didn’t need Randy Gregory… they didn’t need Amari Cooper. No I didn’t need to. you don’t have them

Live your reality as you are. But be realistic about the work it takes to get there. And I don’t think you should be a salesman like this all the time. We have what we need and we are better than last year.For example which metrics are better than last year?For example Dak’s shoulder is better than last year when he was strained in training his camp I’m here.

I think Jerry is trying to sell his fans and he’s clearly an incredible businessman. However, he begins to deceive the player at some point. One of the worst decisions you can make as a general manager in this league is deceiving yourself into thinking you’re there.

Charles Robinson: right.

Jolly Epstein: Well, Jerry the owner and Jerry the general manager are, in theory, relatively different parts of him. And perhaps when he’s making this pitch, it’s the owner, Jerry, who wants to sell tickets more than the general manager, Jerry. But if you can’t keep them straight and make personnel decisions accordingly, it can get a little confusing, and you don’t always make decisions that lead to the best chances of winning.