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There's no Cowboys advisory board but Jimmy Johnson having Jerry Jones' ear is good thing

Clarence E. Hill Jr., Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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For the record, there is no official or unofficial Dallas Cowboys advisory board that owner Jerry Jones listens to before making decisions.

Jones has long sought out the opinions of others.

But most decisions are made in concert with coach Mike McCarthy, vice president Stephen Jones and personnel director Will McClay.

So the news former coach Jimmy Johnson is now part of a Cowboys advisory board should be taken with a grain of salt or least the jovial spirit in which it was announced by a chuckling Johnson on a Miami radio show that has since gone viral.

“Since the Ring of Honor, I am on his [Jerry Jones]’ advisory board now,” Johnson said.

“We were talking on the phone about an hour after his Green Bay loss, and he was talking about what all he needed to do because he had big decisions on Mike McCarthy and Dan Quinn and Dak Prescott,” Johnson added. “Everything is hunky dory now. I am back in the fold with the Cowboys.”

 

Johnson being back in the fold and having Johnson’s ear on Cowboys’ matters is a good thing for a franchise that is seemingly at a crossroads following the devastating playoff to the Packers, extending the gap since it’s last Super Bowl title in 1995 to 28 seasons.

It’s unknown how much sway Johnson had in Jones’ deciding to continue on with McCarthy for one final make-or-break season in 2024 in last year of his contract after a third straight 12-5 season ended with an early playoff exit, none more shocking, galling and embarrassing than the 48-32 loss to the Packers at home.

Or where Johnson sides on the coming decision of whether to sign Prescott to a long-term deal or let him play out the final year of his contract and possibly risk losing him to free agency in 2025.

What can’t be dispute is the Cowboys under Jones haven’t been right since Johnson parted ways with the franchise after leading them to two straight Super Bowl titles in 1923 and 1993 and laying the foundation for a third in 1995 because the two former college teammates at Arkansas could no longer player nice together.

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