Jimmy Johnson: More Than Just Hair Up There

Brains. Brains are what I’m talking about. In his latest on FOX Sports, Super Bowl-winning coach Jimmy Johnson discusses the turnaround seasons of the Dolphins and Falcons. For our purposes, here is the money quote:

This kind of first-year success makes total sense to me. Ever since free agency has come into play, we have seen teams win four games one year and then pretty soon they are going to the Super Bowl. Consequently, turning it around in one year is not impossible. And turning it around in two years is very doable. But again, it doesn’t mean just getting one or two players. And it doesn’t mean simply getting that new head coach. If you are at the bottom it means changing the entire attitude of the entire organization and bringing in the right people in administration and the coaching roles and adding some talent.

Do the Chiefs want to be that next surprise team, or do they intend to continue making excuses, further enabling them to be the Cheaps under the guises of “the youth movement” and “stadium renovation?”

Anybody else sick of hearing, “Herm Edwards is cleaning up Dick Vermiel‘s mess,” heading into a possible fourth year of his coaching tenure? Or “Carl Peterson only has one-year left on his contract,” like he’s gotten a raw deal? Or “But Herm can draft,” when he’s had three drafts and we are the second-worst team in the league?

No more excuses. Maybe the Snickers commercial was right calling us the Chefs. Hell, we cook up more excuses than any other team in the league. From us fans to the front office it’s got to stop. There’s no spinning a 2-11 record, especially in the worst division in the National Football League hands down.

We all have reread the Clark Hunt quote that wholesale changes would be coming if we had another “failure” of a 4-12 season. Put your money where your mouth is, Junior — keep your word and take Jimmy’s advice. What once was warpaint is now clown make-up, and things will remain the same if you fail to act.

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