During a recent interview with USA Today, the former Cowboys head coach had some harsh words to say about how it is to work for the team. Johnson explains how players sign with the team and carry themselves like they’ve won a Super Bowl simply because of how they get treated.
“I don’t know that bringing in someone new will change things. It’s really a unique place to coach and work. There are so many accolades that go their way… unearned,” Johnson said.
The two-time Super Bowl champion continued…
“A lot of their players walk around like they have Super Bowl rings on because that’s the way in the public and throughout the country they are treated. They’re treated like, hey, you just won the Super Bowl, but in reality, they didn’t even make the playoffs.”
Johnson believes the mindset of entitlement starts with the head coach of the team.
“And so the coach has got to be a hardline, no-nonsense type of guy, and sometimes he’s got to combat that.”
“I would start my very first practice like we were 1-15, and that’s how I’d treat those players, and we would be as physical as the NFL would let us be.
But I would grind on them. By the middle of the season they would hate to see me coming. But, hey, someway, somehow, you’ve got to bring them back down to earth and make them realize they only won six games or so.”
The Cowboys finished 6-10 last season, missing the postseason for the 2nd-straight season.
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