Involved NFL owners are trouble

December 23, 2009

At the top of my list as a sports fan is the NFL in general.  As you might imagine, since I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I hear a lot about the Dallas Cowboys.  My off the cuff response has always been to say that Jerry Jones is the next Al Davis and pretty soon he will be wearing white Cowboy jump suits, firing coaches on a regular basis, and basically running his team into the ground.  Davis and Jerry Jones are in a unique set of owners who try to run the team themselves.  Dan Snyder and Mike Brown are also members of this group of failure.

Success in the NFL is defined differently by each organization, some are happy to make the playoffs, while for others a Super Bowl appearance is the only thing that is considered a success.  I decided to take a look at the last twenty Super Bowls that were played and see who was pulling the strings behind the teams that played in the game.

SB Winner Loser
XXIV San Francisco 49ers Denver Broncos
XXV New York Giants Buffalo Bills
XXVI Washington Redskins Buffalo Bills
XXVII Dallas Cowboys Buffalo Bills
XXVIII Dallas Cowboys Buffalo Bills
XXIX San Francisco 49ers San Diego Chargers
XXX Dallas Cowboys Pittsburgh Steelers
XXXI Green Bay Packers New England Patriots
XXXII Denver Broncos Green Bay Packers
XXXIII Denver Broncos Atlanta Falcons
XXXIV St. Louis Rams Tennessee Titans
XXXV Baltimore Ravens New York Giants
XXXVI New England Patriots St. Louis Rams
XXXVII Tampa Bay Buccaneers Oakland Raiders
XXXVIII New England Patriots Carolina Panthers
XXXIX New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles
XL Pittsburgh Steelers Seattle Seahawks
XLI Indianapolis Colts Chicago Bears
XLII New York Giants New England Patriots
XLIII Pittsburgh Steelers Arizona Cardinals

In taking a look at the above table, the only team that I can see that had a meddlesome owner was the Raiders who lost Super Bowl XXXVII.  That team was heavily influenced by the leaders of the Tampa team who beat the Raiders (Gruden and Bruce Allen).  Looking at the other winners, you see teams that coaches were also the GMs (49ers, early Giants, Redskins, Cowboys, Broncos, Patriots) and you see teams with actual GMs (Ravens, Steelers, Colts, Bills, Panthers).  The early 1990s Cowboys were built by Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones had very little to do with the personnel decisions.

From what I can gather, this bodes very poorly for the Cowboys, Redskins, Raiders, Bengals, and any other team with a heavily involved owner that I have left off the list.

Welcome to my boredom

December 22, 2009

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