The Miami Dolphins have been plagued by missing on the opportunity to acquire some franchise quarterbacks over the last several years. We already knew about the big blunder involving Nick Saban’s tenure as Dolphins head coach. Now we also know about a missed opportunity under Jimmy Johnson.
Johnson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last weekend. The current FOX NFL analyst won two Super Bowls as head coach of the Cowboys and then left because of issues with team owner Jerry Jones. A few years later, Johnson returned to coaching and joined the Dolphins from 1996-1999.
Dan Marino was Miami’s quarterback for all four seasons Johnson coached the team. But Johnson recently revealed that he had the opportunity to trade up in the 1998 draft to get Peyton Manning. Manning was selected No. 1 overall by Indianapolis that year and went on to have a Hall of Fame career.
“It would have taken my entire draft board, but I could have made a trade to move up to get Peyton Manning,” Johnson revealed on “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz“. “In fact, I talked to Peyton and Archie about it this weekend.”
Johnson was pressed for more information but declined to go further.
“That’s all the details I can give you,” he said. “I probably gave you too much already.”
Considering Marino stayed with Miami through 1999 before retiring, it’s possible that the franchise did not want to have a messy split with its legendary quarterback. Or maybe they felt the price to pay for Manning would have been too much. Or maybe there was another reason they didn’t make the deal.
We do know one thing: Johnson was not afraid to make bold trades. In this case, the Dolphins didn’t pull the trigger. They have been looking for a franchise quarterback ever since.
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Jimmy Johnson zinged Jerry Jones after the Dallas Cowboys owner finally said he would put the team’s former coach into the Ring of Honor.
Johnson’s absence from the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor has been a major ongoing omission given that the 78-year-old rebuilt the Cowboys and won back-to-back Super Bowls with them. He is a big part of the reason why the team became so popular in the 1990s.
But Jones kept him out of the team’s Ring of Honor for several years, accusing Johnson of “disloyalty.” Johnson and Jones parted ways in 1994 after Jerry wanted a greater role in personnel decisions instead of allowing Johnson to continue being in charge.
Johnson went on to the Miami Dolphins a few years later, while Jones hired Barry Switzer as a replacement.
Johnson finally got the call last year that he would be making it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That induction came before recognition from the Cowboys.
But on FOX’s pregame show Thursday for the Hall of Fame Game, Jones finally said Johnson would make it into the team’s Ring of Honor.
Recognizing how long he had waited to be included, Johnson zinged Jones, asking if the honor would take place while he was still alive.
Jones admitted this year that he screwed things up with Johnson. Perhaps that admission was a sign Jones would be ready to induct Johnson into the Ring as he deserves.
After years of acrimony between Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson, the Dallas Cowboys owner seemed to acknowledge Wednesday that it was his fault that things went wrong between the pair.
Jones and Johnson were former Arkansas teammates and longtime friends when Jones lured Johnson away from Miami to coach the Cowboys in 1989. Johnson went on to win the Super Bowl in 1992 and 1993, but left the Cowboys after the second championship in part due to a power struggle over personnel decisions. The two have not been on great terms since, with Johnson a notable omission from the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor despite coaching the team to back-to-back titles.
On Wednesday, Jones called Johnson a “friend” and seemed to acknowledge that it was his fault that the professional relationship turned sour.
“He’s a great coach and I’m proud to have him as a friend, and proud to have the times that we — we just had a great experience,” Jones said of Johnson, via Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk. “I’ve never been able to know why I f–-ed it up.”
Johnson will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, though there are still no plans to induct Johnson into the Ring of Honor. The bad blood still seems to be lingering a bit between the pair, but perhaps these remarks by Jones will be seen as something of an olive branch.
With how much technology and film is available now for NFL teams ahead of the draft, many fans have wondered if pro days are more of a tradition than a necessity. In theory, there is probably nothing NFL scouts or coaches would see at a pro day that they can’t see on game film or highlight tapes. But Jimmy Johnson insists the workouts are extremely important.
Johnson was asked about pro days during an appearance on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on Monday. The Hall of Fame coach said he always wanted to interact with players at events like that to learn about their personalities rather than just see what they can do on the field.
“The most important thing for me on pro days or even the Combine was getting to know these players personally,” Johnson said. “I didn’t want to draft anyone with a high pick unless I knew them personally and had been around them.”
Johnson said watching players go through drills is important, but the two-time Super Bowl champion was more interested in getting a feel for a player’s ceiling.
“The very first thing is, ‘can he play?’ But then you’ve got to be able to predict, ‘Is he gonna get better? Is he gonna improve?'” Johnson added.
You can hear Johnson’s full comments below:
A lot has been made about the pro days of this year’s quarterback class. The fact that there will not be an NFL Scouting Combine is one of the main reasons for that. While we have seen some eye-popping plays at the workouts, Johnson’s remarks are another reminder of the emphasis NFL teams place on intangibles.
The Dallas Cowboys signed Dak Prescott to a record contract this week, signaling that they firmly believe he is a franchise cornerstone and elite quarterback. Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson does not sound convinced about the latter.
Johnson shared some of his thoughts on Prescott’s four-year, $160 million deal during an appearance on “The Herd With Colin Cowherd” on Tuesday. He praised Prescott for being a great leader who gets guys to play hard, but he was hesitant to say Dak is the type of player who can put the team on his back.
“I think he’s a great leader for the team. I think the team really rallies around him, so he’s a positive influence there,” Johnson said. “Before the injury, he could make plays with his legs and run the football. He fit into their system. He has had problems at times being inaccurate. But with that receiving corps, he gets people open.
“I think he can win a championship if he has great players around him. I don’t think Dak can carry a football team if he doesn’t have great players around him.”
Johnson made the comments in response to Cowherd calling Dak a “good player who got a great contract.”
You could make the argument that no quarterback can carry a team without great players surrounding him. Tom Brady is a perfect example of that. Brady just won his seventh Super Bowl and is the greatest football player of all time, but his last season with the New England Patriots ended with a first-round playoff exit. He then signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and immediately led them to a title. The biggest difference between the two teams was the talent around the quarterback.
Prescott’s contract includes a no-trade clause and record $126 million guaranteed. No one would argue he’s the next Brady or as good as Patrick Mahomes, but that is the market for a top-tier starting quarterback. We may see a similar deal soon for another Pro Bowler who showed this year that he needs a strong supporting cast.
You can hear Johnson’s full remarks below:
Jimmy Johnson is one of a handful of coaches to find success at both the NFL and NCAA levels, and he has some advice for the latest person trying to do it.
Johnson believes Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer must utilize his knowledge from recruiting the top college players and bring in talent in order to succeed at the NFL level.
“When I went to the Cowboys, I had never coached in professional football and I was going to a team that had three straight losing seasons,” Johnson told Analis Bailey of USA Today. “They were the worst team in the league record-wise. And I realized that there wasn’t enough talent there. But I knew the players. I had been in these players’ homes. I was in Troy Aikman’s home his sophomore year in high school.
“(Meyer) knows all of the great players around the country. So utilize that expertise to bring in talent. So if he brings in the right coaches and he brings in the right talent he is going to be successful.”
It does come down to talent, and Johnson is right about that. In college, Meyer led a program that could offer top recruits things that most programs couldn’t. That included the chance to win a championship and high-level facilities. That won’t be true in the NFL, where he’ll face much stiffer competition.
Johnson clearly believes Meyer can succeed. Some others are much more skeptical. Only time will tell.
Jimmy Johnson announced on Thursday that he will not be traveling to Los Angeles to be a part of the studio team for “FOX NFL Sunday” this season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
At 77 years old, Johnson is considered to be in a higher risk category for the virus, which influenced his decision.
“After much consideration, and with the full support of FOX Sports, I’ve decided not to travel to L.A. studio for FOX NFL SUNDAY for the time being due to the pandemic. I will still contribute to the broadcast and I can’t wait to talk football with my guys remotely!” Johnson wrote on Twitter.
FOX Sports issued the following statement on the situation.
“Jimmy Johnson is a key member of the FOX NFL Sunday team, but more importantly, he’s family. We fully support and respect his decision to not travel to our Los Angeles-based studio for the time being due to the ongoing pandemic.”
As Johnson said, he will still be a contributor to the show, just not in person.
Johnson travels from Florida to be in Los Angeles for the popular NFL studio show, but things will be different this year. Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan and more recently, Tony Gonzalez, are among the members of the show. Earlier this year, Johnson was surprised on the show with the announcement that he made the Hall of Fame, which resulted in a great video.
Jimmy Johnson won two Super Bowl titles with the Dallas Cowboys, but his infamously bad relationship with owner Jerry Jones has kept him out of the team’s Ring of Honor.
Johnson will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, but Ring of Honor recognition does not seem to be coming. On Sunday, a fan asked him how he would feel if Jones inducted the former coach into the Ring of Honor, and Johnson’s answer spoke volumes.
Perhaps Johnson misread the question and thought he was being asked about his Hall of Fame induction, but we’re guessing Johnson responded exactly as he intended to.
In short, Johnson’s Hall of Fame induction means a lot to him, as we’ve already seen. The Ring of Honor does not. Jones does not like Johnson, and the feeling seems to be mutual, and it’s best left at that.
Andy Reid has made numerous connections during his nearly 30 years as a coach in the National Football League, and he tried to put them to good use leading up to Super Bowl LIV.
Reid had both a legendary coach and legendary quarterback address the Kansas City Chiefs before their game against the San Francisco 49ers. According to Albert Breer of The MMQB, Reid had Brett Favre speak with the Chiefs one day and Jimmy Johnson another.
Reid was an offensive assistant for several seasons with the Green Bay Packers when Favre was their quarterback, and the two still have a close relationship. Earlier this year, Favre revealed a great trick Reid taught him for reading defenses that stuck with the Hall of Famer throughout his entire career. Reid’s time as an assistant in Green Bay also overlapped with Johnson’s stint as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, so the two competed against one another.
Favre and Johnson have four Super Bowl appearances combined, so they certainly have plenty of experience to share with the Chiefs. Reid also had Donovan McNabb, who played in a Super Bowl under Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles, speak to the Chiefs after a practice.
Interestingly enough, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan chose to have no guest speakers during the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, so the two coaches took much different approaches.
On Saturday, Bill Cowher was surprised on CBS’ NFL TV set with the news that he had made the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach. A day later, it was Jimmy Johnson’s turn to receive the good news on set during halftime of the Packers-Seahawks playoff game.
Not only will Cowher and Johnson be part of the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, but they have also shared another moment together in the past. Cowher and Johnson were also featured in Adam Sandler’s classic football movie “The Waterboy” as fans watching Bobby Boucher. Cowher reminded everyone about that with a great tweet:
Sandler knew the two coaches would always be linked together.
Troy Aikman had an emotional reaction to watching his former head coach learn about his induction. Michael Irvin and Barry Switzer also sent their congratulations to Johnson via Twitter.
Next up, Johnson is due for an induction into the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor.