Solomon, one of greatest authors of wisdom tidbits in human history, wrote in Proverbs 16:18:
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
In a recent interview with Rich Eisen, Troy Aikman made the most poignant statement about the demise of the 1990s Dallas Cowboys dynasty to date. Aikman, like many Cowboys fans, believes that, as great as the run that brought three Super Bowls to Dallas in four years was, it could have been even greater.
According to Nate Davis of USA Today, Aikman made the following statement to Eisen:
“When I point back to those years, the thing that Jimmy would always say to us … ‘If we achieve what we want to achieve as a team, there will be enough credit to go around for everybody. And the reason we won three Super Bowls — Emmitt, myself, Michael, Daryl Johnston, Darren Woodson, Charles Haley, go through the whole list of guys — everybody kind of just said, ‘Hey, OK, we’re gonna sacrifice a little individually.’
“But the guy telling us that and the owner of the club — they couldn’t do that. And that’s the disappointing thing to me that that’s what was preached to us, and yet the two guys who really ran the club, they couldn’t unfortunately, you know, put their differences aside for the betterment of the team.”
Break down that statement and Aikman is basically saying that Jimmy Johnson was guilty of hypocrisy. Johnson was like the parent that says, “Do as I say, not as I do.”
Both Jones and Johnson, according to Aikman’s words, put their own interests/feelings/egos ahead of the welfare of the team.
No one will ever know what might have been for one of the greatest NFL teams ever assembled. But don’t blame Troy, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin or any of the other players that bought into the Johnson message of winning as a team and reaping both personal and team benefits.
Blame pride, stubbornness and selfishness. Blame Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson.
That is what Aikman as much as says. What do you say?
Give me break. Is this grown men we are talking about that get paid millions. "Ah, we did not win because those guys did not like each other and so we just couldn't do it"
Hey man, that's Jerry Jones paying out millions to these dudes to come to Dallas. Play and win. Some of them just take the money and sit on it.
The name DALLAS COWBOYS is out there and everybody knows it. The players are the ones who win or lose. Not the coach or the owner.
What did coach Davis say, "If your gonna talk the talk you better walk the walk".
Thankyou Jerry Jones for spending all that money to try and get some players here to win In Dallas for us fans.
Funny I don't remember ever seeing the JJs playing on the field on any Sunday,Monday or Thursday!! Players are responsible for winning and losing period ! , !
I have been a fan since the days of Willie, Lilly, Jethro and George. That could have undoubtedly been the greatest dynasty ever. Instead, the Steelers claim that title, which still sticks in my craw. I love the Cowboys, always have, always will, just regret we cannot trade owners.
Dallas was doomed when JJ took the deed...look at his past history in sports...he could never achieve as an individual in football so he reverted to buying a team in an effort to prove himself. Sad...he will not change and the Boys will never return to greatness until he moves on.
If Jerry and Jimmy had just put up with each other enough to keep on keeping on, there's no doubt in my mind they would have won 4 or 5 Super Bowls. Greatest team in NFL history, period.
jerry jones needs to look at the great teams and try to do what they do. He will never be as good as the Packers or the Steelers as long as he trys to be GM. He just don't have it.
I think it's a waste of time and intellect to contemplate the proposition of "What might have been".
Been a loyal fan since that frigid day when bart starr broke a little kids heart. That team in the early 90's was a great one. They dominated their superbowl wins (unlike the Pats who won a few squeakers). My favorite season was probably when they beat Green Bay in the championship game then Pittsburgh in the superbowl, as the packers and steelers were old thorns in my side. Romo can do it, but we need a dominant line and running back.
It is really sad that men in that position could not be better role models. There is no telling how many super bowls that group of Cowboys could have won. We will never know. I have been a Cowboy fan since the Ice Bowl. The Cowboys will never play in another Super Bowl much less win one until JJ steps aside. He needs to let people with football knowledge run the team. JJ needs to stick to the business side of football. That is what he is good at.
I personally agree 110%. I have been a cowboy fan since 77'. I know that is what happened, and Jones is still to proud to admit that. Jones should step off the pedestal he has put himself on. Those were great teams and great players, Jones will never have that again as long as he is involved.
Probably. But since Aikman spoke to it so pointedly, seems worth a mention. Thanks for the feedback.
Some say indications are strong that Stephen Jones is now having a much more hands-on and immediate impact on the team. Maybe that is a positive sign.