Jerry Jones and Roger Goodell were once on good terms.
That, however, is no longer the case.
Angered by Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension, Jones reportedly lashed out at Goodell, saying, “I’m gonna come after you with everything I have.” Jones has even threatened to sue the NFL if Goodell’s contract, which expires at the end of the 2018 season, is extended.
Is this a big deal or much ado about nothing?
“I can’t say it’s much ado about nothing when Jerry Jones is one of the faces of the league,” CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora said on Tiki and Tierney. “As much as he may anger some people – and as much as certainly he is very much angering and distancing himself from his business partners (with) his words and his deeds and his threats and his actions and his rhetoric, he’s put himself increasingly on an island. But he’s still a face of the league. He’s up there with some quarterbacks and some players in terms of his power.
“So it matters,” La Canfora continued. “You don’t often see an owner this established and as robust as him going to war in real time with the commissioner and making the threats that he’s made. So you need to pay attention to it, but I think you also need to portray it within its proper context.”
In other words, Jones is one of 32 owners. He may be a loud and visible owner, but he is still just one of 32.
“(There’s this) mythology that Jerry Jones runs the league, he’s a shadow commissioner, he gets whatever he wants, and he’s going to sue the league, and they’re going to try to take the team away from him and the fabric of the NFL is at stake,” La Canfora said. “You can get a lot of headlines that way and you can try to make everything out to be World War III, but I would say that’s disingenuous as well.”
While Jones has the backing of Dan Snyder and perhaps a handful of others, many owners, including Arthur Blank, do not support his vendetta.
“The reality is he’s got three to five owners who agree with him that, hey, if we could slow this down or stop it and not pay Goodell and see what else we can do, that would be great,” La Canfora said. “The vast majority, though, are on the other side. Even the owners who thought, ‘Well, let’s just slow play it’ – a lot of these individuals now are like, ‘This is completely ridiculous. It’s thoroughly out of control. Jerry seems more motivated than ever to continue to make a mockery of this, so let’s just get it signed and sealed ASAP and get it over with.’ Because in the end, Jerry’s not going to get his way.”