IRVING, Texas – In an interview on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson called Jerry Jones’ claims that the owner and general manager has called the football shots since buying the team in 1989 a “crock.”
“Jerry started putting all those titles on himself after I left,” Johnson said. “He didn’t call himself general manager and president and all that stuff when I was there. He was just the owner. Because it was in my contract that I had total responsibility for all football decisions. It was in my contract, and he didn’t allow anybody to have that in their contract after I left.”
However, a quick scan of the Cowboys’ media guides from 1989-93 show Jones with the title of president and general manager.
The debate of control led to Johnson’s departure after the Cowboys won their second Super Bowl with him as coach and has been an issue among the fan base since Johnson’s departure of a dynasty that could have been even better.
In four years as Miami’s coach and personnel director from 1996-99, Johnson went 36-28 and went to the playoffs three times with a 2-3 postseason record but never advanced to the conference title game. In his final game he was beaten by Jacksonville, 62-7, in the divisional round of the playoffs.
Maybe he missed Jerry?