It’s no secret that Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones did not see eye to eye during their time together in Dallas.
On a recent episode of The Herd, Johnson shared his thoughts on why the Cowboys decided to stick with Mike McCarthy despite an early playoff exit to a once promising season.
“Jerry doesn’t ever want to admit he’s wrong. He’s going to hang with whoever and try to make it work. I think he really values the talent on the team such that he feels that McCarthy can be successful and he could improve, especially with Dan Quinn and Kellen Moore, with the assistants that he’s got. So that’s a big thing,” Johnson told Colin Cowherd.
“And Jerry is involved — it’s kind of a funny story. See, Jerry really never came out to practice — he’s always trying to pay off the bills, trying to pay off that $140 million loan, so he was always working on that,” Johnson continued. “And the only time he came out to practice in my five years there, he’d come out on the rubber track during the last 15 minutes of practice so he could talk to the media. So, Troy Aikman tells this story, ‘After you left, Barry Switzer came on as coach and I knew things had changed because our first practice, Jerry walked out onto the practice field with a baseball hat and coaching shorts on.’”
The Cowboys underachieved and didn’t live up to their Super Bowl potential, and it wasn’t even close. Jones was visibly upset after the loss to the 49ers and appeared that the head coach was done for.
McCarthy won a Super Bowl with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in 2010, but his teams would soon be known as playoff chokers and would eventually get him pink slipped out of town.
While McCarthy will get another shot in Dallas, he is on very thin ice in 2022. Anything less than a Super Bowl appearance will get him sent packing.