Stephen Jones, the Cowboys' chief operating officer is the newest member of the National Football League’s prestigious Competition Committee. Jones was appointed to the post this week by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Jones is the third Cowboys executive to serve on the Competition Committee, following in the footsteps of long-time committee member Tex Schramm and current owner and general manager Jerry Jones, who has served two separate terms.
The NFL’s Competition Committee is currently co-chaired by Titans head coach Jeff Fisher -- which Cowboys fans became aware of after the preseason video board controversy when a Titans punter hit Jerry's big board -- and Falcons president Rich McKay. The other six members are Jones, Marvin Lewis, (Cincinnati, head coach), John Mara (NY Giants, president), Ozzie Newsome (Ravens, VP/GM), Bill Polian (Colts, president) and Rick Smith (Texans, GM).
The Competition Committee is made up of team executives, head coaches and club ownership representatives. The committee annually reviews the rules and all competitive aspects of the game on the field. After studying possible modifications to the rules, the committee makes recommendations on changes to the entire ownership group at the NFL’s annual spring meeting.
Jones replaces former Panthers executive Mark Richardson who recently resigned from his post with the Panthers.
“This is both an honor and a great responsibility,” said Jones. “I look forward to having the opportunity to contribute.”
-- Jeff Caplan