Jimmy Johnson on Cowboys: 'They just kind of quit'

Wade Phillips has been fired as the coach of the Dallas Cowboys, but that doesn’t change the organization in the eyes of one man who would know well.

Jimmy Johnson, who transformed the organization when Jones hired him shortly after he purchased the franchise, sees the man at the top as a significant part of the issue.

“The problem with the Cowboys is you're not real sure who the leader is — and therein lies the problem,” Johnson told Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times. “Their players haven't answered to the head coach, and I think that's a problem.

"Jerry will never change. Jerry wants to be right in the middle of it. That's why he paid all that money to buy them. Stephen is such a huge part of the process too. So that's family. And when it comes to family, there's no stronger bond. Jerry's not going to change because his family's so involved."

Johnson called Phillips a “scapegoat” and said the problems have been in place for two or three years now. But sloppy football turned into something worse, in his opinion, this season.

“This year, it's just been a lack of effort,” Johnson said. “Obviously the effort has something to do with not only the performance on the field, but also their preparation. Just the way they played the last couple of weeks, they just kind of quit. That was a shocker to me."

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