During a press conference on Wednesday, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones got candid about some of his past mistakes with his NFL franchise.
While speaking to reporters, Jones opened up about his tumultuous relationship with ex-Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson. The coach led the team for five seasons from 1989 to 1993, and won two Super Bowls. But the team’s wildly successful run in the ’90s wasn’t enough to stop his March 1994 exit from Dallas.
Former Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer stepped in to take over for Johnson. Yet even Switzer tried to help Jones and Johnson bury the hatchet before taking over himself. According to the NY Post, Jones said that Switzer wanted to get the two men together in the same room and “ask how you could f–k this up.”
“I’ve never been able to know why I f–ked it up,” Jerry Jones said on Wednesday. “Not just that but anything else. No, I can’t answer that question.”
Even though Johnson departed, the team continued their success with Switzer. The former college coach who won an NCAA football championship with Oklahoma led the Cowboys to another championship in Super Bowl XXX. In fact, Switzer, Johnson, and Pete Carroll are the only three coaches to ever win both a college national championship and a Super Bowl. Jones was able to “keep it together” with Switzer temporarily, but Dallas has gone 26 years without another title.
“(I) should have had deference to something that was working good. Those are the things that come to my mind,” Jones said of Johnson, according to the NY Post. “We had a great run of it. He’s a great coach, and I’m proud to have him as a friend and proud to have the times that we had. We just had a great experience.”
Jerry Jones Will ‘Do Anything’ To Get Back To The Super Bowl
Decades later, Jerry Jones and the Cowboys haven’t inducted Jimmy Johnson into the team’s Ring of Honor. When asked about it, the owner said there are no plans for Johnson to be added this season. Jones says he doesn’t want to distract from Johnson’s induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame later in 2021.
While speaking in the press conference, Jones’ desire to bring another Super Bowl back to Dallas was evident. He said he would “do anything known to man to get to [another] Super Bowl.” The Cowboys owner also shared details of how Dallas might return to their glory days of the 1990s. Since their last Super Bowl victory in 1995, the franchise has only won four playoff games.
In addition to his own criticisms, Jones brought up some of legendary Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin‘s comments on the team. Jones said that Irvin had “an outstanding message” when the Hall of Famer called out the team for its low vaccination rate. Irvin thinks Cowboys players are not focused on doing everything they can to win.
“Nothing else is more important,” he said recently. “And not being one of the [teams to reach 85%] says there’s other things to a great number of people on this team that are more important than winning championships. And that makes me worried.”
Quarterback Dak Prescott is back and healthy from a season-ending injury last year. The Cowboys will look to regain their foothold on the NFC East after falling to a 6-10 record last season. Dallas has missed the playoffs three of the last four years, but will look to get back on track in head coach Mike McCarthy’s second season.