It’s not often Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones eats crow. Jones took some of the blame for his role in ruining the franchise’s most iconic dynasty.
Jones and head coach Jimmy Johnson agreed to part ways in 1994 after the Cowboys won back-to-back Super Bowls. The longtime owner admits he let his ego get in the way of greatness.
“I lost my tolerance for a lot of things,” Jones recently told KTCK-AM 1310. “I probably should have had a little more tolerance with Jimmy Johnson. Seriously.”
Until now, neither side had taken responsibility for the end of arguably one of the NFL’s greatest dynasties. Johnson’s five-year tenure in Dallas was iconic, as he turned the Cowboys around from 1-15 in 1989 to 11-5 in 1991 before winning Super Bowl 27 and Super Bowl 28.
The relationship began to deteriorate in 1993, following Dallas’ first Super Bowl victory. Jones demanded he have more say in personnel decisions and Johnson dismissed the notion. That prompted Jones to proclaim that any coach could have won a Super Bowl given the talent on the roster, which infuriated Johnson.
The relationship was officially severed in 1994 and Barry Switzer replaced Johnson. After losing in the 1995 NFC Championship Game, Switzer led the Cowboys to their third championship in four seasons.
The Cowboys haven’t won a Super Bowl since and have only made eight playoff appearances since 1995. Jones has gone through five coaches since then and current coach Jason Garrett is Dallas’ longest-tenured coach since Johnson. Garrett has made only one playoff appearance in his six seasons with the Cowboys and is 1-1 in the postseason.