Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


March 15, 2013

Morgan: If the Pope can step down, why can’t Jerry?

Corsicana — I keep driving up and down I-30 watching Jerry Land looking for white smoke. So far there is nothing. I guess that means that they haven’t elected a new GM for the Cowboys yet, huh?

I mean, if a pope can step down, why can’t Jerry? If you look back over the past couple of decades, there is one common thread running through mediocre season after mediocre season, and that’s Jerry.

Let’s take last season as an example.

This time last season, Jerry was opening up the checkbook signing a record eight free agents. On the surface that looks good. It shows that Jerry is willing to do whatever it takes to put a team on the field.  What did eight free agents bring them? It got them an 8-8 season, or what we have come to expect, mediocrity.

Do you remember all eight free agents? They overpaid for two mediocre offensive linemen. They signed a safety who showed up out of shape, and who was back on the street early in training camp. They signed an inside linebacker who managed eight starts only because Bruce Carter and Sean Lee both got hurt (and said linebacker has now been released). They picked up a fullback who wasn’t as good a blocker as the guy they released before him. They did sign a veteran backup quarterback who got 11 snaps in a mop-up loss to the Bears.  And, yes, they did get a pretty good cornerback.

If we dig down just a tad, we find that Jerry had to sign so many free agents because the Cowboys had drafted so poorly for so long. Free agents aren’t free. In fact, building through free agency is the most expensive way to build. On top of that, signing free agents is taking on someone whose original team didn’t see the value in paying the price to keep them.

At the moment, Jerry is paying a pretty steep price for his free agent binges that resulted from poor drafts. He and Stephen are scrambling to restructure contracts to stay under the salary cap. They are below, but just barely.

They still need to free up another $7 to $8 million just to sign next month’s draftees. Think they might just have to get by this season? Think again. Next year will be worse, cap-wise.

Another problem that Jerry has is that he falls in love with what he has.  Doug Free had a decent stretch playing left tackle about three years ago. Jerry jumped up and signed him to a long-term deal, where Free is now the highest paid flop in football.

Or, how about Orlando Scandrick?  Scandrick was a pretty good pick for a fourth rounder, but he was still a fourth-round pick.

In fact, his first season he was considered a better cornerback than first-round pick Mike Jenkins. Jerry signed him to a big long-term contract. Now he has Orlando as the highest paid slot corner in the NFL.

Other teams recognize when a star player starts to deteriorate and cut ties or trade them while they have value. Jerry hangs on to them to the point to where they have no value.

Take, for example, Jay Ratliff. Ratliff is now an aging injury plagued undersized defensive tackle. Ratliff was arrested for a DUI not long after teammate Josh Brent was charged with man slaughter for killing a teammate in a drunken crash. However, if they cut Jay, he will cost as much against the cap as he will if they keep him.

I love Demarcus Ware, and Jerry will keep him until he can’t play anymore. What kind of draft picks could Jerry get for Demarcus? He has already slowed down from his peak years. The Patriots would pull the trigger and get value for a declining player. It’s a shame Jerry can’t look at successful teams for a plan. What is it they say about teaching an old dog new tricks?

So, just in case I’m looking for white smoke over the Jones Dome. How would St. Francis of Arkansas sound to you?

Yeah, that would take a miracle.

Text Only
  • 4-115-14CHSBBMinniear.jpg CHS Baseball: Lindale haunts Tigers again with critical 4-0 win

    Lindale has been poison to Corsicana all year.
    The Eagles won a bizarre game in Lindale to keep the Tigers out of the football playoffs and ruined the boys basketball season with two gut-wrenching wins in the final week of the season.
    They did it again Tuesday, beating the Tigers 4-0 at Price Field to take over second place in the District 16-4A race.
    Lindale (6-2) had one big inning to hand Corsicana (5-3) its second loss in a row.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • I4-15-14Kellysigns.jpg GC Volleyball: Kerens' Kelly signs with Paris Junior College

    She prayed about it. She lost sleep about it. And she prayed about it some more.
    That's just a glimpse of what Marqueshia Kelly went through before deciding to turn down a half dozen basketball scholarships and accept a scholarship to play volleyball at Paris Junior College.
    The journey might have been a little sleepless, but in the end it wasn't that tough for Kelly, who is a multi-sport star at Kerens.
    “I followed my heart,'' she said on Tuesday just moments after signing a letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Paris in front of family, coaches and friends.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • CHS Tennis: Tigers play well in powerhouse region

    Corsicana's tennis team finished its season with a  strong showing in the Class 4A Regional Tournament at UT-Arlington before falling to some powerhouse players from Dallas.

    April 15, 2014

  • GC Baseball/Softball: Roundup -- Blooming Grove edges Mildred 1-0 (Adds Dawson-Hubbard baseball)

    Blooming Grove kept its baseball playoff hopes alive, winning a pitcher’s duel, 1-0, in Mildred Tuesday night. Dalton Blake struck out 11 and scattered five hits in a well-pitched game that took an hour and a half to complete.

    April 15, 2014

  • Navarro Softball: Bulldogs sweep Bossier on Sophomore Day

         From a one-sided laugher to a hold-your-breath finish, Navarro’s softball team celebrated Sophomore Day on Saturday in front of its largest crowd of the season.
        The Bulldogs ripped Bossier 14-1 in a five-inning romp and then had to fight for their lives in the second game, finally winning 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh with a squeeze bunt that brought home Caitlin Moerbe, who ended the day with a dust-filled slide at the plate.

    April 12, 2014

  • GC Softball: Hubbard, Curtis shut out Axtell 3-0

       For Hubbard’s Olivia Curtis the magic number was 15 -- as in 15 wins and 15 strikeouts.
        But don’t stop counting now. There’s plenty left for Curtis and her Hubbard teammates who have made the most of their stretch run in the district race, and capped off a huge week with a 3-0 win over Axtell on Friday.

    April 11, 2014

  • GC Baseball/Softball: Roundup -- Kerens' Anderson pitches perfect game (ADDS Dawson baseball)

    Brett Anderson threw a five-inning perfect game Friday at home to lead Kerens over Neches 11-0 in a key district game that leaves the Bobcats in first place with a two-game lead.

    April 11, 2014

  • CHS Baseball: Tigers lose to Nacogdoches 4-1

    In a battle for first place in the District16-4A race, Nacogdoches and pitcher Brigham Hill stopped Corsicana’s Tigers 4-1 Friday to take over the lead in the district with a 6-1 record. The Tigers are now 5-2 and face Lindale, which is also 5-2, at Price Field on Tuesday night to try to gain ground in a tough district race.

    April 11, 2014

  • Kerens bb 4-10-14.jpg GC Baseball: Kerens closing in on first district title since 1977

    Step by step, inch by inch …
    That's how the Kerens baseball team got here, right here on the threshold of what could be the program's best season since 1977.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • GC Track & Field Roundup: Kerens girls win district

    The Kerens girls ran away with the District 18-1A track & field meet at Cayuga, scoring 134 points to beat Dawson (108), Cayuga (101), Cross Roads (93), Hubbard (91), LaPoyner (42) and Wortham (16).

    April 11, 2014

House Ads
AP Video
Twitter Updates