COMMENTARY | I'm reminded of a quote from an insightful movie. The quote reads, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step." The original quote came from Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu.
But for this, the quote was courtesy of the philosophical Rafiki from The Lion King. Because, sometimes, we need to resort to Disney movie quotes for simplicity in life.
And although Jerry Jones is the furthest from simple as one would hope from its general manager/owner, the Dallas Cowboys' infamous boss has taken that first step to realizing he's not doing things right in Dallas.
An excerpt from ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins' latest article referencing to a conversation ESPN's Chris Mortensen had with Jones:
"As for me, I've got to evaluate my own role - I need to look at the man in the mirror and really be honest about why we keep coming up short."
He has seen the light. Jerry Jones admits he's at fault. He finally understands that he's probably the reason why the Cowboys have been mediocre (cue Richard Sherman) at best for the last number of years. There have always been a plethora of reasons why that is, but it always leads back to Mr. Jones.
But it's too late. It's about 10 years too late for Jones to finally admit this. It's been too late ever since Bill Parcells left.
At least if Jones admitted this after the first of three straight 8-8 seasons, the lasting effect might not be as bad. But if it took three consecutive .500 records to finally realize that he's not doing his job the right way, then what was the state of the Cowboys before? Surely, it couldn't have been this dysfunctional.
It took a Monte Kiffin-coached defense that was historically bad for Jones to see the light. It took Bill Callahan's/Jason Garrett's inept playcalling for the business leader of "America's Team" (or America's Most Hated Team) to understand that things aren't going right.
So, the Cowboys are back to square one. Scott Linehan is either coming to Dallas to call offensive plays, or sip pina coladas and get caught in the rain. Rod Marinelli has been promoted to defensive coordinator, which might be the best move Dallas makes all offseason. So there's a plus.
But we're still talking about the same Jerry Jones that paid Tony Romo over $100 million, and he'll be fresh off of back surgery by the time OTAs start. We're talking about the same Jerry Jones who believed guys like Akwasi Owusu-Ansah and B.W. Webb were worthy of draft picks.
All Jones needs to do is look at what the Seattle Seahawks did. Easier said than done. At least they have someone else working the general manager role.
Congratulations to the Dallas Cowboys for finding ways to make money and become insanely profitable. That hasn't brought championships to Dallas, though.
Jones still hangs his hat on those three Super Bowls from the '90s. That's why he wants the credit when things go right, because he's done it before. But that ship has sailed. It's too late for him, and it's been too late.
He should've taken that first step years ago.
Danny Webster is a Yahoo Contributor for the Dallas Cowboys. Reach him on Twitter @DannyWebster21.
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