Thursday, August 16, 2012
Jerry Jones stuck in Jimmy Johnson's shadow
By Tim MacMahon
OXNARD, Calif. -- Jerry Jones' bust will one day be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The marketing genius and business acumen of the Dallas Cowboys' owner and general manager have been revolutionary forces in the NFL. As coach Jason Garrett said recently, when the history of the NFL is written, there will be at least a chapter on Jones.
Too bad the part of his chapter that focuses on football won't be very flattering. Not at this point, at least.
Not unless Jones gets to grip a Lombardi Trophy that doesn't have Jimmy Johnson's DNA on it. And, while Barry Switzer proved right Jerry's claim that any of 500 coaches could win a Super Bowl with the mid-'90s Cowboys, Johnson claims the bulk of the credit for putting that roster together.
For all the money Jerry has made, for himself and the rest of the NFL owners, he's widely perceived as a football fool. That's the price a man pays for pushing a coach out of the door in the middle of a dynasty that quickly decayed into a franchise with one playoff win in 15 seasons.
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