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Jimmy Johnson: Zero or Hero?



Inside The Star Side Lines - Jimmy Johnson: Zero or Hero?

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My first rant is going to piss a lot of Cowboys fans off. But I don't give a damn. And if you are a smart fan it shouldn't bother you anyway - it needs to be said. I am so sick and freaking tired of hearing Cowboys fans talk about how big of an idiot Jerry Jones is and how awesome Jimmy Johnson is, or was.

It's been more than 20 years since that egomaniac Jimmy Johnson "quit" and hauled ass on all of us. HE'S GONE. GET OVER IT. MOVE ON. But what really pisses me off about all of it is the jock-sniffing of Cowboys fans for Jimmy Johnson while acting like Jerry killed the Cowboys.

Now, I'm talking to ignorant Cowboys fans that still worship everything Jimmy and hate everything Jerry. The word ignorant is a harsh word, I know, but don't get your panties in a wad and cry about it. "MOM!!! THE BIG MEANIE BLOGGER CALLED ME IGNORANT!!!" But here's the simple definition of the word ignorant: Ignorance is a state of being uninformed (lack of knowledge). And tons of you are just that when it comes to the Jimmy vs. Jerry debate. Feel better now? No? Suck it up. The truth hurts a bit, doesn't it?

[su_service title="Post Update" size="16"]5:15pm on July 10th: In response to some critics of the post on the forums, I have updated the list below to more accurately reflect fact vs opinion, with supporting evidence where available. All links will open in a new tab/window.[/su_service]

So please, allow me to educate some of you:

  • Jimmy Johnson is an egomaniac that only cares about getting credit and looking good
  • Jimmy Johnson openly talked to the media about interest in coaching the new expansion team out of Jacksonville, the Jaguars, in the middle of a Super Bowl run in 1993
  • Jimmy Johnson had just signed a 10 year contract extension when he did this - Jimmy still had five years on his original 10 year contract (Source: Johnson Signs 10-year Contract)
  • He had complete and total control of all things football while at the same time bitching that Jerry was "meddling" (Source: Dale Hansen: Jimmy Johnson Talks Dallas Cowboys at about 1:23)
  • Jimmy had it in his calendar (straight from his mouth) that he was going to leave the Cowboys after 5 years anyway, even knowing he signed a 10 year contract as stated above (Support: Jimmy: Don't blame Jerry for mid-dynasty divorce)
  • Jimmy hauled ass while the getting was good. They were fresh out of the draft picks that they stole from the Vikings and free agency was about to pick his team apart
  • Knowing this, Jimmy forced Jerry's hand at the annual owners meeting to fire his arrogant ass after totally embarrassing him in front of all his colleagues for oh..........about the 500th time (Support: Barry Switzer: Blame Jimmy Johnson for his departure from the Dallas Cowboys, he cheated on Jerry Jones)

Having all that security, what could possibly set Jimmy off? Oh dear God, he saw Jerry on TV announcing that he (not Jimmy) made a trade for Tony Casillas. Well cry me a freaking river hair boy! If that doesn't describe insecurity issues then I don't know what does. And after all this crap goes down, he cries like a bitch when Jerry suggests that 500 coaches could coach that team to a Super Bowl. He then uses that as his way to abandon a shipping sink like the rat he is. He set all of this in motion himself. This isn't just my opinion either. This is spoken by long-time Dallas personnel like Gil Brandt and Larry Lacewell.

In the end, Jimmy came out looking squeaky clean while Jerry came off like the asshole that wanted all the power. This is not about what Jimmy did while he was our coach. That greatness can't be denied. But what also cannot be denied is that he was a lowlife attention whore that wiggled his way out of a tough situation and left Jerry footing the bill.

If I'm Jerry? I'm throat chopping his ass Wahoo McDaniel style. (Google Wahoo McDaniel, it's worth it)

That's all fact. Not opinion. And yet there are so many Cowboys fans to this day that still worship this man and claim he's one of the greatest and should be in the Hall of Fame. To this I do not say no - I say hell no. He went to the Dolphins without Jerry's checkbook, or the Vikings draft picks, and did nothing but lose his last playoff game 62-7 to the Jaguars. Ironic that the team he wanted to coach while in Dallas handed him his ass and ended his career in Miami. If one of those two ends up in the Hall of Fame you can bet your ass it's gonna be Jerry Jones and not Jimmy Johnson.

How many Super Bowls does Jimmy have without Jerry? ZERO. How many does Jerry have without Jimmy. ONE. And he did it with one of the 500 coaches that he talked about. That coach also just happened to be one of the dumbest people to walk an NFL sideline - Barry MFN Switzer!

So to all you Jimmy Johnson jock-sniffers, just sit back and stroll down memory lane and let the facts zoom right over your head. And if it makes you feel better, just keep telling yourselves that he's the greatest and the Cowboys would have won five more rings if not for Jerry's "meddling" ways. I'll stay here in reality knowing that Jimmy screwed the Cowboys, Jerry Jones, and all of us fans.

So to you Mr. Johnson, I say enjoy raking in whatever cash you can with your squeaky clean image. Keep doing commercials for other guys who don't measure up. But I know the truth. You can't bullshit a bullshitter, Jimmy. At least not this one. But sleep well knowing you have thousands of ignorant fans fooled to this day.

You can follow Paul Leatherman on Twitter @Tarheel_paul


Family, God, and the Freaking Dallas Cowboys. That's my life. Married to a wonderful wife that knows to let me be during football season and she can have me for the other 6 months of the year. Father of 3 wonderful kids. 1 son that is proudly serving his country in the United States Air Force. 1 son that is a toddler and will be the future left tackle of the Dallas Cowboys. And one amazing and beautiful daughter that passed away in 2009 at the age of 4 that I can guarantee is running through heaven shouting "GO COWBOYS"!!! Everything I do in life is for them.

  • DarthGrumpa

    All macking, all the time. Great job TP. Looking forward to more.

  • Tar Heel Paul

    DarthGrumpa Thanks Darth! Starting to wonder if I was too nice. I can’t have that.

  • Tar Heel Paul

    Don’t be afraid to comment bitches.

  • Kronos17

    Tar Heel Paul I was a good deal younger at the time, but I remember seeing JJ talk about the Jags and WTF. Anyway, sweet post dude.

  • Thomas Walker

    Paul, I am best friends with Blair who writes for this blog and I appreciate your work, it seems like you have a lot of fun with your writing. it reminds me of the time Blair and I were watching the cowboys superbowl vs the steelers and our guys only party. But great site here and makes sense to have a site like this since most cowboy fans are gay and this site makes it easy for us to meet other gay cowboy fans in other places than the men’s bathrooms at the stadium. I can barely walk leaving cowboys game. Overall though great stuff and I hope to keep reading your posts.

  • Tar Heel Paul

    @Thomas Walker Thanks Thomas. Sorry about that time in the bathroom. Next time I’ll take it easy on you so maybe you can at least walk to your car. I’ve heard if you grab the hand bar in the stall it goes a lot smoother. Just what I’ve heard though. Can’t prove it. And yes. I have fun with anything I write. People get tired of the same old x’s and o’s crap. Just good old fashion bitching.

  • Tar Heel Paul

    Bryson Treece Tar Heel Paul Yeah no doubt. I have never understood how he kept clean in all of this. And thanks.

  • Bryson Treece

    Tar Heel Paul Bryson Treece Maybe the hair has some aerodynamic flying shit avoidance properties. Either way, can’t stand seeing that dude on the pregame show spouting off the same generic analysis every game. Barely even commits to his own winner predictions.

  • havmer

    Goatmouth should be coming along with all this gay talk

  • havmer

    oh how hate for jerry runs deep as I see others from other sites react to this post

  • Tar Heel Paul

    The people on the other site commenting on it are the exact ignorant fans I’m talking about. Did they even read the article. This has nothing to do with Jerrys failures as a GM or Jimmy’s success as HC. The man was fantastic. The article is about how he left and laying all the blame at Jerry’s feet. It’s BS

  • Chuck G

    Tar Heel Paul I’m a Jerry apologist dude. I’ll be in his corner till the day I die. And you’re right. Jimmy was leaving no matter what. Can’t blame that on Jerry. But while you’re screaming at everyone else to “get over it”. You need to take a little of your own advice. That was 20 years ago dude. WHO CARES WHY JIMMY LEFT. The issue is Jerry and his failure as a GM to get this team past the first round of the playoffs. Jimmy v. Jerry is irrelevant. You bringing it up “Just to piss off Cowboys fans” tells me you don’t have a relevant opinion about the current Dallas Cowboys. Your next “rant” should be about something timely.

  • Tar Heel Paul

    @Chuck G Tar Heel Paul My next rant will be about whatever is on my heart no matter how timely it is. So I’ll decide what to post on. I have personally gotten over it, But the problem is other people haven’t. There’s a 4 page post on another blog about this article to prove it. Not to mention the fact that I hear it almost every day from people. So for me it is timely. 

    And I didn’t bring it up just to piss people off. I did it to get it off my chest and “rant’ about it. Believe me when I tell you I have a relevant opinion about the current Cowboys. And that will come out in other post. 

    But I’ll tell you right now. My job as a poster here is not to post about position battles, x’s & o’s, or anything technical. My job here is literally to rant about stuff and try and get conversation going which in turn will hopefully lead traffic to this website. Literally they brought me on to be unfiltered and passionate. Whatever is own my mind. It’s the off season. It’s boring. Maybe it’s not your style. I’m cool with that. Objective criticism is always accepted. I do really appreciate your feed back and taking the time to read it.

  • BlackSuave

    I’m not upset with the article. I knew the story about Jimmy getting himself fired, him leaving a month before his ‘planned’ departure. All that carrying on he (Jimmy) did then is costing him now. The HoF voters aren’t impressed with a coach who quit in the midst of a possible 3-peat. You win three Super Bowls in a row as a coach, particularly for a premier franchise, and you’re a LOCK for the Hall. He’d have to kill 100 babies not the get in otherwise.

    This doesn’t let Jerry off the hook, either. It’s been 20 years since all that nonsense. You can call it Jerry 3, Jimmy 2 all you want. We all know Jimmy’s TEAM won the 3rd one, so cut all that foolishness with that. Since then, Jerry can’t even get lucky. He can’t even hit on the law of averages and make it to a title game. In the last 18 years, every NFC team has gone to at least one…except 3 teams. Dallas is one of those 3. Get a mental image of this. It takes 2 teams to play in a conference title game. That means a team has a 1:8 chance to get there, multiplied over the course of 18 years. He’s batting .000. In short, that’s TERRIBLE. 

    Still has a job, though. That in itself is amazing.

  • Tar Heel Paul

    BlackSuave Nope. It definitely does not let Jerry off the hook. He shoulders the blame as well. And the fact that we are in the drought that we are has to pretty much fall at the feet of Jerry. The buck stops there. He’s the one constant.

  • N504JB

    For those keeping score at home:

    Johnson also entered the 1990 draft looking for a defensive game changer–and he might have had one had he not thrown the overall first pick away by drafting Steve Walsh in the supplemental draft the year before. Why? He wasn’t sold on Aikman and Walsh had been his Q.B. whenMiami won a national championship.

    So what happens, he’s stuck with the 17th overall and he’s trying like hell to trade with the Bengals who have the 12th pick to snag a d.b.–James Francis–but the Bengals won’t budge and with the Cowboys on the clock, running back coach Joe Brodsky is begging him to take Emmitt Smith. (This was written up in Sports Illustrated.)

    But it gets better–or worse depending on your views of Jimmy Genius”. It is also a matter of record that in 1989 he wanted to trade Michael Irvin but Al Davis said, “Jimmy who are you going to throw the ball to?”

    So, had Johnson had his way, there wouldn’t have been any “Triplets”.

    Is there any other circumstantial evidence to suggest Johnson is vastly overrated?


    After pulling off a shameful Machiavellian coup to get Don Shula’s job with the Dolphins–who Johnson said were a Super Bowl caliber team. Under Johnson, the Dolphins never won the AFC East but did manage to participate in five post-season games, the last recorded as “The Day the Miami Dophins Died”, after the Dolphins took its worst beating in the HISTORY of the playoffs, losing to the Jags, 62-7. 

    Post-season record: 2-3; winning percentage, 55.3%.

    At the end of the day, not only did Johnson fail in Miami, in the 13 years since he took the reigns of “a super-bowl caliber team–Miami has been to the playoffs three times, played in four games, and gone 1-3. Since Johnson ran Shula out of town 18 years ago, the Dolphins are 3-7 in the playoffs.

    When the legend is more interesting than the facts, print the legend: and the Legend of Jimmy Johnson and the Dallas Cowboys is a far more interesting chapter in a book that ended with a loss of epic and historical proportions.

    • John

      I have a copy of the 1989 draft. I think that Andrea Kremer said that the Patriots wanted to trade up to the #1 slot, and they would give Dallas three high draft picks (and maybe even a player, but I’m not sure). I wonder if Jimmy wanted to, but Jerry told him no.

  • Tar Heel Paul

    N504JB All excellent points and stuff I was going to include in this article but I was trying to make it more about how he left than what he did while he was here. But you are 100% spot on with the things you brought up.

  • Athens Texas born

    You are on it here THP. A day does not go by without some hawks fan or other johnny come lately referencing the jimmy jerry thing to throw in my face. Relevant? Work in an office filled with people so clueless they dont grasp how 1 superbowl after 38 years of trying is not somehow magically superior to 20 years of drought.
    I will say give jerruh some credit. He has made some good choices. He could have decided not to buy the team. You will hear some people say it would have been better for us. The devil you know….

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Cowboys Defense is Ready to Win Now, Time for Offense to Prove the Same

Sean Martin



Cowboys Defense is Ready to Win Now, Time for Offense to Prove the Same
(Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

The Dallas Cowboys lead the NFC East at 1-1, and have a favorable schedule ahead of them. With such an inexperienced roster, early season growing pains were expected, and likely should be still as the team comes off their first win to play in Seattle on Sunday.

Through a season opening clunker in Carolina and hard-earned divisional win against the Giants, the Cowboys have exceeded already high expectations on defense.

With the currently 0-2 Seahawks, Lions, and Texans awaiting Dallas, the time is now for Scott Linehan's offense to hit their stride. It will take more than a five week assessment to determine if the Cowboys are truly playoff contenders for 2018, but it could take even less than that for Cowboys Nation to realize this team is fighting an uphill battle at QB and WR.

Following Dak Prescott's 64-yard touchdown pass to Tavon Austin against the Giants, the Cowboys punted on four of their remaining seven drives. The Cowboys did a better job mixing up their early down play calling to remain ahead of the chains for most of the night, but even still their execution was lacking. Finishing three of ten on third downs, the Cowboys didn't sustain the type of originality on offense that earned them an early cushion.

Thankfully, the Cowboys turning back the clock to 2016 on a clinching touchdown drive of 14 plays would be all the defense needed. Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott would both convert a pair of first downs on the ground. The Cowboys took a 20-3 lead, and more importantly the game clock down to 5:45 with an eight minute and 23 second march.

As such, the Cowboys offense is an enigma. With the return of Brice Butler, the team is currently carrying seven wide receivers and four tight ends.

On defense, the Cowboys are expecting reinforcements in Xavier Woods, Randy Gregory, and David Irving to further bolster this aggressive, blitzing unit in the coming weeks. For the offense, Dallas must make the most out of the unknown depth they have, without any drastic change in style around the corner.

The Cowboys record under Prescott proves they're at their best when Dak is efficient. The ceiling for a new-look Cowboys offense built for Dak is not as high for this reason. Through just two weeks, it's clear that the Cowboys offense will be as good as the sum of its parts - instead of relying on any individual talents.

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Cowboys' record when Dak Prescott ... Doesn't throw an interception: 20-4 Records at least a 100.0 passer rating: 15-1 Commits no turnovers: 18-1

After a strong preseason from rookie Wide Receiver Michael Gallup, the third-round pick has played less than half his team's offensive snaps through two games. Cole Beasley has seemed to regain his connection with Prescott, snagging a team high nine catches so far. Terrance Williams has been a non-factor, and the same is surprisingly said about FA acquisition Allen Hurns.

Regardless of what the Cowboys do over the coming weeks, a few narratives and lingering questions about the team feel evident. With the defense set to tee off against the Seahawks sub par OL this week, Rod Marinelli's unit will still likely not receive the credit it deserves heading into week four.

With the task at hand being maintaining their standing atop the division, the Cowboys must also be out to prove they can sustain success without a consistent passing game.

All of this to effectively say, the Cowboys are going to Seattle expecting to control the game on defense. To finish off Russell Wilson in his home opener (already at 0-2), it will take a sharper performance for a full four quarters on offense too.

A win at the Seahawks might not mean as much as it has in past seasons, but in improving the Cowboys record to 2-1 on the way back to AT&T Stadium, it could be all the confidence they need to understand the NFC East is theirs for the taking while continuing to truly find their identity.

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Cowboys Defense So Far So Good as Seahawks Up Next



Cowboys Defense So Far So Good as Seahawks Up Next

Dallas may only be 1-1 on the season, but the Cowboys are officially tied for first-place in the NFC East, and fresh off a workmanlike victory over divisional rivals, the New York Giants. It was a game they should have won, and did win, but the takeaways so early in the season are that, although the offense has not clicked on all cylinders, the defense is getting high praise.

The Cowboys sacked New York’s Eli Manning six times and limited the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft, Saquon Barkley, to a mere 28 yards rushing. It was also a night in which Dak Prescott not only out-gained Barkley by 17 yards on the ground, but torched the Giants’ secondary on a 64-yard touchdown strike to Tavon Austin which proved New York’s Safety Landon Collins wrong when leading up to this game he remarked that the key to a Giants’ victory would be getting Prescott to throw. When Prescott was made aware of the comment in a midweek interview he replied, "…challenge accepted," and the third-year veteran made good on his word leading to the 20-13 victory.

However, Prescott ended the night with just 160 yards passing yet the ankle injury he sustained in Week 1 showed no signs of rearing its head as Prescott moved seamlessly in the pocket and ran the ball well.

As we move ahead to the Cowboys meeting in Seattle, we take a quick check over to one of the most reputable online sportsbooks in the industry - Intertops according to the reviews - where we can monitor the line on this pivotal NFC clash as the week progresses.

Seattle boasts a talented quarterback of their own in Russell Wilson but one who will find the sledding tough if the Dallas defense continues to shut down All-World wide outs like Odell Beckham Jr. and contain future rushing stars like Saquon Barkley. Outside of Wilson, Seattle is not loaded offensively, with their biggest target, Doug Baldwin, ailing with a knee injury and a backfield which consists of two young rushers in second-year man Chris Carson and a first-round rookie in Rashaad Penny who dealt with nagging injuries throughout the preseason and looked unsettled in Seattle’s 27-24 loss to the Broncos.

The Cowboys defense has already proven its worth in Carolina with Cam Newton under center and again last week against New York. The unit is surrendering an average of 14 ½ points per game and is incorporating more blitz packages than we’ve come to expect.

The difference this year is that the players they have on defense are capable of getting to the quarterback quick enough so that the coverage linebackers and secondary aren’t alone on an island for too long. The one concern is the status of Linebacker Sean Lee, who checked out of the game in the fourth quarter Sunday night and brought to mind his hamstring issues of a year ago, but apparently it was in fact cramping, and not straining, of the hammy which allowed Lee to return.

The bottom line in terms of the Cowboys' upcoming matchup on Sunday afternoon is that they will get the Seahawks coming off a short week, as Seattle played on Monday night and should be relatively healthy for the contest.

Dak Prescott may not have the formidable offensive line that he has had in the past, nor a top-tier arsenal of receivers, but he does have the elusive Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield and is capable of extricating himself from pressure situations when no target is available.

If the Dallas defense continues to play at the current level, it will not only be limiting the opposition on the scoreboard but putting its offense in good field position throughout. So check out Intertops, one of the most trusted and reputable online sportsbooks, to see where this line goes because a Dallas win and an ATS cover are just days away.

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Taco Tuesday: Cowboys DE Taco Charlton Starting to Dominate?

Brian Martin



Taco Tuesday: DE Taco Charlton Starting to Dominate?
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There has been quite a bit of talk about what a bad decision it was for the Dallas Cowboys to draft Taco Charlton with their first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Nearly everybody wanted someone different, not a player that needed time to develop.

Well, fast forward a year later and it looks as if the Cowboys made the right decision.

Don't look now, but Defensive End Taco Charlton is starting to live up to that first-round pedigree. In the first two weeks of the 2018 season, Charlton has already looked like a much improved player from what we saw a season ago. Imagine that, a little bit of time to develop and he's turning into a solid player.

I know I may be getting a little bit ahead of myself, especially suggesting that he is starting to dominate, but I can't help myself. I'm that excited about how much he has improved in one offseason. I may be alone here, but I have high hopes he could turn into something special.

In 2017, Taco Charlton failed to start a single game for the Dallas Cowboys as a rookie. That's not really what you want from your first-round draft pick. To makes matters worse, in 16 games he only registered 25 total tackles, four QB sacks, two passes defensed, and one forced fumble. As you can imagine, it didn't sit well with most Cowboys fans.

Luckily, it looks as if Charlton's offseason in the Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning program has paid off. Already in 2018 he has accumulated six total tackles, one QB sack, one pass defensed, and recovered a fumble. If he keeps this pace up, we could be looking at #97 reaching double-digit sacks this year.

Taco Charlton

Dallas Cowboys DE Taco Charlton

Now, I wouldn't call what Taco Charlton has accomplished so far this season dominating, but he is proving to be a starting quality DE along the Cowboys defensive line. It's a unit that has looked really good in the first two weeks of the season and is expected to be even better once Randy Gregory and David Irving are able to return to the field.

In the meantime, the Dallas Cowboys are happy to get plays like this from Taco Charlton.

Taco Charlton Eli Manning sack

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This is a play Charlton is expected to make. He was left unblocked, but we've seen players left unblocked before not make the play. So, it may not be as impressive as some QB sacks. But, I'll take the routine tackle any day over someone trying to make a splash play and failing.

If you're looking for an impressive play from Taco Charlton, take a look at what he was able to do against Odell Beckham Jr. in the passing game.

Taco Charlton covering Odell Beckham Jr

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In case you're wondering, that's Taco Charlton in OBJ's hip pocket 15 yards down the field in pass coverage. It looks as if that's where Eli Manning was wanting to go with the ball, but tight coverage by the Cowboys, and Charlton, across the board ended up resulting in a QB sack.

If you don't find that impressive, I don't know what will. A 275 pound DE covering arguably the best and highest paid wide receiver down the field is almost unheard of. I would count that as impressive.

What do you think of Taco Charlton's play so far in 2018?

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