Originally posted by HessianDud:
Originally posted by Memphis9er:
Originally posted by LambdaChi49:
Didn't Eddie D have to step away? IIRC correctly...didn't he have some heat from gambling allegations or some s**t?
Yeah some folks I guess choose not to remember that it was his own fault that he got into hot water. I blame him for being involved with shady s**t, he is the single most responsible person that the team went to crap. I like the guy and really appreciate what he did for the team through the years, but he let us fans down by forcing himself out of the game.
whatever the reason, its still one of the dark moments in this franchise's history. The distinction between him being forced to give up the team because of his own misdeeds and choosing to give it up is immaterial, IMO.
To piggyback on this, who's to say that he would have been successful during the salary cap era. His generosity with his players would have come under scrutiny. Besides the friction with Carmen policy would've eventually caused a major rift in the organization. The start of the slide was when friction between Debartolo and Walsh developed which led to Walsh's premature retirement. Walsh being the the de-facto general manager (he was at one time team president) had a no-nonsense approach to replacing players and Eddie's personal relationship with the players eventually caused a rift between these organizational behemoths. If anything, stripping Walsh of the the team president title (which also tied his hands with personnel decisions), it was Eddie D who caused the downward spiral of the organization. In defense of Eddie D he was the reason the team reached the pinnacle in the 80's and I believe he's also learned from his mistakes when he rehired Walsh to run the organization during his legal problems. If it's any consolation, we do not have Jerry Jones as our owner and if Eddie D continues to mentor Jed we may just get back to where we used to be.