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Jimmy Johnson Says Jones Didn’t Call the Shots When He was the Coach of the Cowboys

In an interview on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson called Jerry Jones’ claims that the owner and general manager has called the football shots since buying the team in 1989 a “crock.”

“Jerry started putting all those titles on himself after I left,” Johnson said. “He didn’t call himself general manager and president and all that stuff when I was there. He was just the owner. Because it was in my contract that I had total responsibility for all football decisions. It was in my contract, and he didn’t allow anybody to have that in their contract after I left.”

However, a quick scan of the Cowboys’ media guides from 1989-93 show Jones with the title of president and general manager.

The debate of control led to Johnson’s departure after the Cowboys won their second Super Bowl with him as coach and has been an issue among the fan base since Johnson’s departure of a dynasty that could have been even better.

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