Most believe the “curse of former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson” is some intangible, karmic force that gladly repays us annually for the infamous quote that led to Jimmy’s tenure ending in Dallas. Actually, the “curse” is and has always been the pride of Jerry Jones, himself. That pride has led him to refuse for years to acknowledge that he is not omnipotent, omnipresent, and whatever other omni- he would like to be. Despite his refusal to believe it, it does actually take the right front office and coaching staff to change great players into Super Bowl champions.
For all the slander that our beloved “Jerruh” endures, I’m the first to stand up and defend his credibility as well. So let me be clear on that fact. I’m no fan of how he “handled” Tom Landry, but, he also subsequently brought in Mr. Johnson which then led us to three of the five Lombardi’s we call our very own (insert Barry Switzer here as needed). Unfortunately, he then robbed us of the seventh and possibly eighth when the aforementioned pride reared it’s ugly head.
Ever since , it’s been the absolute pits. The Cowboys have shown flashes of potential, most notably the 13-3 record posted in the 2007 season fresh on the heels of losing the Hall of Fame Coach Bill Parcells. A shame that we must always temper a positive with a negative. It makes sense, though, considering that’s the story of a franchise that has been stuck at .500 since the 90′s: no positive without the immediate negative. Ouch.
Jerry has shown a proclivity to have an uncanny eye for talent (not to ignore those that influenced the acquisitions, such as Parcells, for example). However you choose to spin it, though, our beloved owner/general manger is just as responsible for overseeing the drafting of DeMarcus Ware, DeMarco Murray, Jason Witten, Dez Bryant, Sean Lee, Darren Woodson, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, etc etc etc.
He also has to receive a good deal of credit for acquiring players like Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders and bringing in the now all time franchise passing leader and media lightning rod, quarterback Antonio Ramiro Romo. It’s worth noting that he also kept Saint’s head coach Sean Payton from successfully wooing Romo to New Orleans early in his career. Just an added FYI for your digestion.
For all of the good, though, we must also admit the suffering from the likes of Roy Williams, Felix Jones, Terrell Owens, Terrence Newman, and most notably Jeremiah Ratliff (That contract was a joke with no punch line).