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News: DMN: 20 Years After Jerry & Jimmy Split

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  1. peplaw06

    peplaw06 That Guy

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    Cowlishaw: 20 years after Jerry & Jimmy split, new spin on why Johnson left 'Boys

    One man sought peace. The other craved power. Since both ultimately achieved those goals, the 20th anniversary of the Jimmy Johnson-Jerry Jones breakup could be cause for celebration if not for that one sticking point.

    In the discussion of great football teams, the Cowboys have become irrelevant in Jimmy’s absence.

    And as much as he takes some measure of delight in Jones’ struggle to win without him, Johnson was in no mood to discuss what happened on March 29, 1994, when I called him in south Florida on Friday morning.

    “What anniversary is this one?’’ he said, laughing. “They’re always having some kind of anniversaries down there ... I guess because they don’t go to Super Bowls anymore.’’

    Shots. Fired.

    Johnson talked about recent fishing trips with old pals. He talked about his new Hawker 800 XP that will whip him across the country this season for Fox NFL Sunday appearances in Los Angeles.

    He did not want to talk about the Cowboys.

    “Do you want to know how many times Jerry or Stephen have called me in 20 years for advice or to ask about a player? Zero,” said Johnson. “And yet they call [Larry] Lacewell.’’

    Drops the mic.

    Read More: http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/co...plit-new-spin-on-why-johnson-left-cowboys.ece
  2. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    No one has ever doubted Jimmy wanted out, but it's insane to think he wouldn't have wanted a shot at three in a row before he bolted.

    Even with the loss of those coaches, as we saw, the team was on Jimmy auto-pilot the next couple of years. What Jimmy could have perhaps done, that didn't happen anyway, was keep Irvin and others on the reservation a little longer before they went buck-wild.

    Irvin needed Jimmy.
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  3. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Exactly what I have been saying for years. But there are those who will always believe otherwise I suppose.
  4. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    Very few people actually think Jerry pushed him out literally, but we know he didn't exactly make an effort to get him to stay.

    Isn't that the job of a GM? To hire and retain championship-caliber coaches?

    Jimmy need his ego stroked. It should have been stroked after two Super Bowls.
  5. tantrix1969

    tantrix1969 Well-Known Member

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    Yep, if Jones is a great owner as some say he should of done everything in his power to keep Jimmy, not drunkenly saying things that threw gas on the fire.
  6. jazzcat22

    jazzcat22 Well-Known Member

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    Yes I been saying the same thing too. I was living in South Florida then. Jimmy wanted the Dolphins job originally, that was going around for years. But then Shula signed a contract extension and JJ bought the Cowboys. Jimmy, hitting his 5 year limit with the Hurricanes then took the Cowboys job. Once again Shula had a few years left on his contract. So the rumors started again. He was hitting his 5 years limit once again, but with the Cowboys.
    I forgot all the Jacksonville comment, but I think he used that to get to Jerry possibly. To start a controversy. Who really knows but him. He wanted the Dolphins job, but knew he would have to wait another year when Shula's contract was up.
  7. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Jerry didn't have anything to offer Jimmy that would make him stay. Jimmy had already decided to leave before the Super Bowl. At that point it was a done deal.
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  8. SilverStarCowboy

    SilverStarCowboy The Actualist

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    Lacewell.....lol...LOL...LMAO!!....

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  9. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    exactly
  10. Dodger12

    Dodger12 Well-Known Member

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    Kind of a telling statement from Jimmy and it is kind of insane.
  11. Dodger12

    Dodger12 Well-Known Member

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    I don't doubt that Jimmy was set on leaving but you still have to ask yourself "why." When Jimmy was thinking about staying another year to see if they could go 3 in a row, Jerry wanted to re-do Jimmy's contract and strip him of his personnel authority. Jerry knew that Jimmy would never go for it and that was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. The rest is history......
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  12. cajuncocoa

    cajuncocoa Bleeding silver and blue Zone Supporter

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    ^^This.

    For Jimmy to want to leave Dallas, there had to be an underlying reason. In retrospect, long-term Cowboy fans should be able to easily see it...knowing now just how impossible it must be to work with Jerry and his ego. Jimmy left other venues before, but always for something better. In Dallas, in the Spring of 1994, he had perhaps the most enviable job in all of sports....until and unless one considers what it must have been like to put up with an ego such as Jerry's.
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  13. BigStar

    BigStar Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Jimmy probly had a few in em (nothin wrong with that). That's candid stuff right there. Some good one liners in there too. Does Jimmy really think JJ would call him for advice considering everything (ego, history, media cat fights bw the two since the divorce)? Love Jimmy, but get real brudda...
  14. peplaw06

    peplaw06 That Guy

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    No one can convince me that Jimmy would have foregone the chance to go for 3, 4, 5 super bowls in a row if Jerry wasn't inserting himself into the process.
  15. DandyDon1722

    DandyDon1722 It's been a good 'un, ain't it?

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    Larry Lacewell is no threat to anybody's legacy, hence the phone calls.
    Larry Lacewell will never be invited to be in the Ring of Honor, hence the phone calls.
    Larry Lacewell will always be invited for drinks, hence the phone calls.

    Jimmy?....hence the no phone calls.
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  16. Aikmaniac

    Aikmaniac Well-Known Member

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    Cowlishaw loves inserting that dagger. I've noticed that over the years.
  17. tyke1doe

    tyke1doe Well-Known Member

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    Me too. And I'm not necessarily a Jerry Jones fan.
    Johnson was very calculating and wanted out. And he knew the right buttons to push with the owner, just as he knew the right buttons to push with a player.
  18. tyke1doe

    tyke1doe Well-Known Member

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    How so? I liked his piece.
  19. casmith07

    casmith07 I'm the best poster in the game!

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    This? Again?
  20. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Yeah the off season sucks but the anniversary of "The Split" means we get to rehash it every year for eternity.

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