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Jerry Jones says he should have had “more tolerance” with Jimmy Johnson

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a different view of Jimmy Johnson on some issues.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a different view of Jimmy Johnson on some issues. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones went on record Wednesday, saying he should have had more tolerance for former head coach Jimmy Johnson.

Jones hired Johnson as the head coach in 1989 when he bought the team, and they had one of the best runs possible together. Johnson led the team to Super Bowl wins in 1992 and 1993 when the Johnson/Jones relationship ended.

“I lost my tolerance for a lot of things,” Jones said during an interview on KTCK-AM 1310 on Wednesday.

“I probably should have had a little more tolerance with Jimmy Johnson. Seriously.”

Jones hired Barry Switzer to replace Johnson, and the Cowboys went to the NFC Championship Game in 1994 and won another Super Bowl in 1995. They won the NFC East in 1996 before Switzer resigned after a 6-10 season in 1997 (in which the Cowboys lost their final five games).

The Cowboys have won just two playoff games since the 1996 season, and Jones has employed five different head coaches.

When Tony Romo first got his feet wet as the Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback in 2004, he had the 41-year old Vinny Testaverde as the elder statesman and starting quarterback in the room imparting wisdom and tips of the trade. (Star-Telegram/Max

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