Cowboy Fans Lose Patience: Jimmy Johnson Exposes Jason Garrett.

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There comes a time as a writer when you put aside all of the expectations, you dispense with the what’s Right and what’s Wrong, you abandon the standard format of reporting the Dallas Cowboys news, and the passion for your team and the game of football takes over. At that point, it’s all about being a pissed off fan.

Nov 1, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Former Dallas Cowboys, and Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes head coach Jimmy Johnson is seen on the sidelines during a game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Miami Hurricanes at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

One of the biggest topics in the world of professional football this week was former Dallas Cowboy Head Coach Jimmy Johnson criticizing, not only Jason Garrett as the current Head Coach, but also the owner and General Manager of the team, Jerry Jones. On the Dan Patrick show he said:

“The No. 1 motivator (in the NFL) is fear. Fear of maybe letting down your teammates or being embarrassed or chastised or fear of losing your job.”

“Where is the fear in Dallas? There is no fear in Dallas. It’s a country club where everybody is buddies.”

I have previously written many times that there is no fear factor in Dallas anymore and that there is a total lack of accountability throughout the organization. I’ve also argued that Jason Garrett is too soft and therefore doesn’t have the ability to motivate the players. In my own way I busted him out in recent articles titled, ‘Cowboy HC Garrett Needs His Walking Papers’   and, ‘What Is Jason Garrett Doing To America’s Team?’

Jimmy Johnson went on to say:

“I think Jason is probably coaching for his job the rest of the year. I think this game with Philadelphia, I think this game may decide the futures of players and coaches with those two teams.”

Jerry Jones got hammered pretty hard this week about his abilities as an NFL general manager. When questions arose about the personnel decisions in Dallas he said, little has changed over the years, that coaches from Jimmy Johnson to Bill Parcells essentially had the same input as Garrett in personnel matters. Johnson was not at all happy with that statement and said,

“That is completely a bunch of crock! You notice Jerry started putting all those titles on himself after I left. He didn’t call himself general manager and president and all that stuff when I was there; he was the owner. Because it was in my contract that I had total responsibility for all football decisions; it was in my contract. He didn’t allow anybody to have that in the contract after I left.”

Oct 21, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones point to the fans prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

Shortly after all of this came out, Nick Eatmon (one of the staff writers for came out with the retort stating that if you look at the media guides all the way back in 1989 that Jerry Jones has always had the title of General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys. Yes, on paper he did, but everyone knows, as Jimmy stated, that it was in title only. Jerry was not the guy traveling around the country in what was supposed to be his off time scouting for players. Even while coaching in college, Johnson ran his own recruiting department. Even to this day many other coaches, scouts, general managers etc go and visit Johnson for advice on scouting players. As successful as Bill Belechick has been in New England, he is among those who frequently visit Johnson in the Florida Keys.

My questions are: how much time does Jerry Jones spend watching tape of potential draft prospects? How many colleges does he visit to watch and evaluate players? In fact, how much time does he spend doing his general manager job period? Between taking care of his new palace, opening Victoria Secret stores, handling his partnership with the Salvation Army and many other organizations, doing the Jerry Jones show, Papa Johns’ commercials etc, how much time can he really devote to being the General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys?

Jimmy Johnson said he spent every minute of every day trying to make the Dallas Cowboys the best they could be. Being the General Manager of a professional football team is at least a 16 hour a day job. I find it impossible, with all of the things Jerry Jones has on his plate, to believe that he has even 4 hours a day to do the work of a GM. Anyone can look back and see Johnsons’ stamp on the Dallas cowboys. Troy Aikman said that the team was never as good after Jimmy left.

If you look at the Dallas Cowboys now, you can clearly see the Jerry Jones stamp on this team: 16 years and only one playoff win. Enough said.

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  • californy

    One again Cowgirl great article, It good to hear about the glory years but we cant live in the past, we must live in the present, and the present show us having a bad future. I guess the right kind of guy mentality mean being friends with the players. One of the reason Jimmy left was he was tired of being the bad guy having to come down so hard on the player he like. There was one case in Jimmy past where he got onto Emmitt Smith on such a small item. Emmitt was mad over this incident, Jimmy later on went to explain, if he doesnt hold his marque player accountable, then he has no control over the direction this team takes in the future. Being a great coach doesnt mean you are freinds with the players. Rodger and Tom landry had their battle to, in fact I wont be surprise if Rodger retired early just so he can excape from Tom landry way of doing things. Good coaches know how to lead but that doesnt mean these players are friends.

    • Michael Valentino

      cali, I live in Chicago, and trust me, everyone still talks about the 85 Bears — and that was 27 years ago. But I agree with you. As Cowboy fans we shouldn’t continue to live in the past. Steeler fans don’t. And now, 49er fans don’t. I’m tired of the mediocrity and excuses and lax attitudes. Jones has to step aside (although he never will) and the Cowboys need a disciplinarian-type coach. I was high on JG, but this team is simply not producing for him…or, the talent level is not nearly what we’ve estimated it to be. As for Roger Staubach, 11 concussions took their toll. He lead the NFL in QB rating at 37 and was still at his peak. He’d have played til 40. Doctors told him he should quit. He discussed it with his wife, and made the best decision for himself.

      • californy

        You would think JG would be the ideal man for the job, his dad was a head coach, scout and recruiter to the place he coached, but this didnt translate to his son especially Jason Garrett. The 2008 draft there are currently no starter despite having 2 1st round draft picks. Eventhough Felix is starting, he really the back up to Murray, Michael Jenkins is pretty much out the door. Of the players starting of the 2008 draft it only Walden and Marty Bennett and they play for another team. This was Judd Garrett first draft. In fairness to him I say the 2009 draft was his first he had a whole year to prepair for this one, and that one was one of the worst draft in Cowboy history, Victor Butler is the last guy left in that draft and in all this time he has yet to start for us. It about 4 years when these player should start getting their extention and I dont see any player worth the bother to extending in thse two draft. Dont think JG had nothing to do with these draft, he had more influence than people think. JG was the key coach who had TO contract terminated when he called out his play calling, despite him being Phillips assistant. TO was right about him years in advance. JG offensive play calling lack creativity and most defences are in tune to it predicticability to it. I also believe he was the one who forced Ray Sherman WR coached out. We have yet to develope Dez as a result of this also. Word has it that JG has more influence here in Dallas and during his short time his team record is one of 16-16. JG made the decision to fire all Pro Leonard Davis, Flozell Adams, Gurode and non Probowl player Kozier, CoLumbo (1st rd Pick) and Kozier. He has since replaced them with scrubs Living, McKensie, Arkins, Parnell, Leary, Cook and Costa. It shouldnt take more than two years to develope these player, if they havent develope it has more to do with the player than the coaches. I am not blaming JG exclusively, I blame JJ a whole lot more.

  • disqus_bYmUOv9koS

    Larry Allen was drafted by Jerry Jones. Jimmy Johnson was gone by then.

    • Cowgirlcas22

      Larry was a player that Jimmy had scouted. He had him on his radar with every intention of acquiring him, however, he couldn’t deal with JJ anymore and wanted to spend more time with his family and left the Cowboys. It’s just like Jimmy making the Casillas trade and JJ going to the press and saying I made the Casillas trade.

      • Michael Valentino

        Jimmy definitely wanted Tony Casillas. He also brought in Miami guys like Jimmie Jones and, obviously, no. 1 pick Russell Maryland. Back then, I wondered, “Why get Casillas?” He was a solid player, no doubt, but the Cowboys had Danny Noonan, up to that time, the best defensive lineman in Nebraska history. Landry saw Noonan as the next Randy White. After a very promising rookie season, Noonan dropped off significantly. Bringing Casillas in – and drafting Leon Lett (a very solid DT in the Cowboys eight-man rotation) were great moves by Johnson, not Jerry. NO doubt had Johnson stayed and kept the team in line (including RT Erik Williams), the Cowboys would have won home field and beaten SF in ’94 and would have won 4 consecutive SBs. That would’ve cemented them as the single greatest dynasty in NFL history, bar none. My stomach sank when Jimmy Johnson said he was leaving. And the Cowboys in ’93 had Larry Allen on their radar. When Jimmy got Erik Williams, Buddy Ryan (no lover of the Cowboys) called it, “the steal of the draft.” Oh, for the days when the Cowboys knew how to draft blue chip talent along the O-line. I’m really sick and tired of reminiscing.

  • californy

    I have read numberous articles that said the Cowboys in the 1990 only ran 7 plays, I dont know how true that is but the key to running those play was in how they were executed. In today world a QB may have to learn up to 100 plays and many carry those plays on a wrist band. But what good are those plays when they are not executed because you have player who dont know or dont have the capability to run the plays correctly. The key to being a good football team is to being in the right place at the right time, this best can be done when the player are in the best condition and understand their role in the whole process. In the Landry and Jimmy Years when a player went down in a game, the new player step in and without much drop in production pick up his game and the boys seldom lost much in production.
    In today world, the players we have are not really starting material on this football team. There is no way you are going to convince me the New OL are better than the player we had with Kozier and Holland last year. The upgrade happen with a 30 million dollar investment into these two player, This move was not cost effective we could of had better and cheaper talent in the first two rounds of the NFL draft.
    JG and JJ lack so much in football matter, despite both having spent most of the career life in the business, In JJ post SB record, this team is bellow 500 in winning percentage, and this team has had huge cap hits every year and with no depth at all. JJ has already mortage this team future years to come with player who wont finish their career in Dallas. It many w

  • californy

    (continue) way JJ has lower this team standards because he has not able to compete as it team GM and JG as this team HC. It doesnt take 5 years from going from the worst to first in this league. The Colts are just the latest example of what good drafting would do for a team, with a 6-3 records, it is my belief if the Colts win 4 of the next 7 games this team will be in the play off guarantee. The boys will be lucky just to get to 8-8 this year with no play off in it future.

    • bwall

      Do you see something wrong here. The colts lose Manning, and stink for ONE year and get a good QB, and now in playoff hunt, and dallas has been mediocre for 17 years after Aikman? I think that is a major problem, how this team cannot be competitive for the playoffs in the day of FA, good players in the draft. I think it is pathetic and a directly reflection the GM of this team

      • californy

        It doesnt take a number 1 pick in the draft to turn things around. Pittsburg is in a major rebulding year, they have two new starting OL despite losing their top Pick Decastro this year. They also have some new player on the defensive side of the ball contributing and have two of NFL top young WR of which one was drafted in the middle round and the other going undrafted. They are developing their third WR and I could be wrong he was also undrafted also, he is from SMU, the same college as Beasley. Remember Indy is doing all of this with a head coach who has already missed half the season. A HC really is only as good as his assistants and Indy is play off bound this year in just one year. JJ can even get it right in 17 years he has been rebuilding this team.

  • ‘mericas_team2012

    Much like Beasley, last season there was a fella here who caught every pass thrown his way but still failed to get any recognition and never even seemed to be in consideration to keep around as that “3rd” receiver. I havent kept up with him this season to see how hes doing with Tom Brady as his QB but im guessing with the depth there he prolly doesnt see to many passes. For those of you who havent figured it out yet im referring to Jesse Holley. Holley should have been on the must keep list especially since they knew they werent going to pay Robinson what he was going to demand.

    • Cowgirlcas22

      I was pleading the same case last year for Holley as I am pleading for Beasley this year. However, I think Beasley is a better player. Obviously JG has some fear of change, or just a pure inability to evaluate talent. Unfortunately Holley ended up cut in NE before he really ever got a chance to prove himself because they had injuries at other positions and had 2 starting OL (Light and Waters) retire so they needed depth at other positions. Yes they were loaded with depth at receiver there.

  • osnappp

    After we lose to the eagles in the last minute by more mismanagement, everybody will want Garrett’s head. I propose we let Garrett ruin the season. Get a high draft pick. Trade it down for OL and DL. And hire CHIP KELLY. Chip and R. Ryan could do amazing things. The only way for this team to get better is to change the leadership and install some fear. Give Chip total personnel power in his contract and mold a winner. JJ will have no choice if he wants to quit being a loser.

    • Cowgirlcas22

      as much as I hate to admit it, history shows that Reid not only has Garretts’ number, but no matter how bad the sheagles are playing, they play like it’s the superbowl against Dallas. I have a bad feeling about this game too.

  • bwall

    I heard Lakers fired the coach after just 5 games of a 82 game schedule, and this after the team officials publically backing the coach. So coaches be aware public comments made by team officials on your status MEANS NOTHING. If dallas loses most of their remaining games, and finish worse than 7-9. JJ may ahve no choice but to seek another coach, the careers of the key core players are ticking to an end before an complete rebuild is a must. This team cannot afford to wait for garrett to figure it out with on the job traiing.

    • Cowgirlcas22

      Winning organizations like the Lakers run off of accountability. That’s the main thing lacking in Dallas. I look at what Harbaugh has done in SF and ask myself how can JJ not see that even when they were 6-10 the same yr we were, a hard nosed coach can come in and take the same core of players to the championship in a lockout season when he had to install a completely new system? JG had already been in Dal and his system was implemented. It amazes me that dez and Ogletree have been in a system for a few yrs and can’t execute it as well as Harbaughs’ players did learning in a shortened offseason. obviously the players are not responding to JG’s method of coaching or he just can’t teach it properly.

      • Michael Valentino

        In ’94, under Switzer, Dez would not have been as held accountable as he has been under Garrett. In ’92-’93, under Johnson, Dez might have worn out his welcome in Dallas, all his physical talent notwithstanding. Jimmy held his players accountable. They produced. With Jimmy at the helm, there is no way that team would’ve unraveled during the first 8 mins of the NFC championship in Candlestick; and there is no way Seifert would’ve beaten the Cowboys to advance to the SB that year. It would have been four straight SB wins if Jimmy stayed.

  • boysteamusa

    Bravo Cas! And Bravo Jimmy Johnson!!! These things need to be said. Ive spoken repeatedly about how secure these players feel in their positions….JJ is loyal to a fault. He finally started dumping some guys last year and still refused to be more thorough about it. What do these guys have to be afraid of? If they loose, oh well! The coaches will explain it away. There is always next time…we’ll get em then…process crap. That’s their mentality. So sick of this mess.

    • Cowgirlcas22

      I have been sick of it for a long time. Parcells almost had jerrys mess cleaned up when he walked

  • Andre

    No need to analyze it that much…Jerry’s system of running this team is the root of the problem – very mediocre results year after year speak for them selves. This will not change; Jerry cares about the Cowboys Brand more than he cares about Cowboys Football. The brand is fading, and the fans will stop buying (see RAIDERS).

    • Cowgirlcas22

      I agree

  • David Jordan

    Jason Garrett reminds me of Mike Shula when he was the head coach at
    Alabama. Nice guys but can’t produce. Jerry needs to be the owner and
    quit playing general manager. He owes all those rings to Jimmy Johnson.
    Cowboys have never been the same since he left. Cowboys don;t start
    winning there are gonna be a lot of empty seats at Jerry World.

    • Cowgirlcas22

      I think empty seats is the only thing that will ever get his attention

  • ctcowboy1968

    Ride on COWGIRLCAS! Everything you wrote is 100% right on. The homers and JJ Kool Aid drinkers won’t agree, but they aren’t smart enough to understand. I have written since day 1 that JG is an idiot and unqualified to be a coach. Why don’t we run the no huddle offense? Because JG can’t decide what play to run in less than 30 seconds! KO has a moment here and there, but that is not starter quality. Play Harris and Beasley. They hussle every play and show determination unlike any other WR we have.
    Bottom line is that when the Cowboys win it is inspite of JG poor play calling. He never learns from past mistakes or during the game. Fire him.

  • Juanito Juanito

    thats why the cowboys have 5 super bowl rings since 1996, and all the coaches and players came to cowboys stadium for advice of football operations with jerry jones who said sorry for the fans but this crap do not end soon

    • Cowgirlcas22

      lol thank you for adding a lil humor to such a depressing subject.

  • Standfirm66

    once again, another great article Cas.

  • Tom Salagaj

    My “broken record” comments are finally starting to get some backup. I am so glad that Jimmy Johnson confirmed what I’ve been saying for a long time. The Dallas Cowboys franchise cannot have a puppet coach AND an arrogant, prideful owner who wants all the headlines. So as much as it pains me, I hope the Cowboys lose out in order to make changes come flowing out of that Billion Dollar stadium. Should have been wins and even a 6th Super Bowl. But no…strong “in control” coach, owner who keeps his mouth shut, and a general manager who will back the strong coach. Not in my lifetime, I suspect. I look at Atlanta, Houston, New England, and San Francisco and wonder…what might have been with the players we are just wasting. I also wonder how in the Sam Hill Danny Amendola was released and Cole Beasley is not used. Is he the next to get canned? How sad a state this franchise is in. Sickening.