Jerry Jones is in the midst of a very public dispute with Roger Goodell, stemming from the commissioner’s suspension of Ezekiel Elliott, whose six-game absence could put the Cowboys’ playoff hopes in jeopardy.
Is Jones’ crusade against Goodell detrimental to the league?
“I don’t know if it’s necessarily detrimental,” NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Maybe because it’s playing out in public. I think in most business, sometimes you have friction, sometimes you have discord or disagreements, but guys are able to kind of work through that. I think at the end of the day, the brand of football will continue to be strong. I think the NFL will continue to be strong. I think Roger Goodell and Jerry Jones will eventually solve whatever differences they have and the league will go on about its merry way and continue to be successful and thrive.”
Jones, upon learning of Elliott’s initial suspension, reportedly told Goodell, “I’m gonna come after you with everything I have.”
It’s never a good thing when the league’s most visible owner is at odds with the commissioner.
“Obviously it’s not a great look when your owner comes out and kind of puts your commissioner on blast,” Brooks said. “Obviously you’d like to have those conversations conducted in a private arena and not necessarily out there for everyone, but look, this is who Jerry Jones is. He’s always been a little loud and boisterous when it comes to all things that are his opinion.”
There’s also this: Jones, 75, hasn’t won – or played in – a Super Bowl in more than two decades. With Elliott, the Cowboys have a chance to at least get there. Without him, they don’t.
“I think what you have is an owner that is growing increasingly frustrated by the prospect of not being able to get to the Super Bowl,” Brooks said. “When you take one of his best players – arguably his best player – off the field, his odds diminish. So he was fighting for his player. It kind of spilled out beyond that. I think at the end of the day, everything will go on and we’ll finally get a resolution (for) this debate between each party.”
Dallas (5-4) hosts Philadelphia (8-1) this Sunday. Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. ET.