Jimmy Johnson, in case you are reading this, stop saying that the Dallas Cowboys are a country club! .
Everyone thinks that it was you, not Jerry who won those lombardies. Even the last one, because Barry Switzer won it with your team.
So let it go! Those comments, after all this years, only make you sound vindictive and petty!
No seriously Jimmy, I don't mean any of that. You were a stud, and I'm only saying this to see if I can stir some debate here.
However, do dial it down a little bit. The cowboys are being handled differently than you would, but it may work out, and then you would come out as ignorant. Don't be that guy who thinks his way is the only way!
Seriously though, I do write this in response to many commenters who believe that only Jimmy Johnson's clone can take us back to the Promised Land.
I believe that acting upon such belief would deprive us of other forms of leadership. Coaches in the mold of Bill Walsh, Joe Gibbs, and of course, our very own Tom Landry, who led in different ways. I also write this post, because leadership both in football and in other areas is a topic that interests me.
So, there you go. Let's start by realising that there are many types of leaders of which I will only name a few:
Certainly, football is a peculiar game, practiced by alpha male types, so no NFL coach could be successful without having a little bit of general embedded in his personality, but you have to admit that Tom Landry, Vince Lombardy, Bill Belichik, Bill Parcells, Joe Gibbs, Joe Gruden, and Jimmy Johnson all were leaders in very different ways, so there are more than one way to be successful in this league.
Having said that, the questions that matter to us as fans of the Dallas Cowboys are:
To the first question, I have a feeling that he is too cerebral and in control of his emotions to be the laugh-in-the-face-of-death kind of leader, but he is not a wimp either. I think that he is the guy that in the case of an emergency, would assess the situation for a couple of minutes, and he would suddenly just say: "All right people, we need to do a, b, c and d"
You can also tell by the topics he addresses in his press-conferences, that he is a Professional type of leader. He is never impulsive. He is never caught of guard. He is about following a system. He is always on message. This guy, in spite of initial appearances, doesn't act as a tactician or a strategist (he doesn't appear to be much into the Xs and Os aspects of the game). He speaks like a CEO. He is always referring to personnel, culture, systems and execution. If this guy hadn't followed a career in the NFL, he would be the Chairman of the Board and CEO of his own company, or at the very least, VP of something in a multinational corporation.
To the second question, many of you look at the recent losses, and Garret's apparent lack of emotion, and you conclude that this guy doesn't have it in him to be a leader. But that is not the complete picture.
Of course, this could all change in a heartbit. A good part of being a leader is that you must be able to sell your vision to your followers. That requires persuasion, and trust. But at some time that vision must be supported by facts. It is entirely possible that a few more losses would send this team into a tailspin. In that case, Jason Garrett would surely be fired. But if in spite of the tough times, let's say a six win season (although in my opinion they should end up winning closer to 8), the players keep responding to Garrett, I believe Jerry Jones would be willing to give him another draft and another free agent season two fix the offensive line and add more depth to the other positions.
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