Jerry Jones Says Steinbrenner Would Have Fired Him as Dallas Cowboys GM

(Corrects location of Eagles-Cowboys game to Texas, in third paragraph.)

Jerry Jones said the Dallas Cowboys have had such a bad year that even his friend George Steinbrenner, the late owner of the New York Yankees, would have fired him as general manager.

“Of course he would have,” the Cowboys’ owner said in an interview to be aired Dec. 12 on CBS Corp.’s “60 Minutes.” “There’s no doubt in my mind he would have.”

Jones last month replaced coach Wade Phillips after a 1-7 start to the season. Under Jason Garrett, who was promoted from offensive coordinator, the team has improved to 4-8. Dallas is still in last place in the four-team National Football Conference East Division and hosts the first-place Philadelphia Eagles (8-4) on Dec. 12.

“Before this year started, we were recognized as probably or certainly one of two that were favored to win the Super Bowl,” Jones said. “What you’re seeing now is agony.”

Jones said the National Football League team, which he bought 22 years ago, is “my devil, and I just couldn’t resist it.” The Super Bowl will be held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Feb. 6.

The last of Dallas’ three Super Bowl wins under Jones came 14 years ago and the team in January got its only playoff victory since 1996.

“I am not willing to accept what we’re doing and how we’re playing,” Jones said.

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