January 10, 1998 |
Barry Switzer yesterday finally concurred with what his many detractors had been saying and resigned as coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Agreeing in a statement that the Cowboys, 6-10 this season and out of the playoffs for the first time in seven years, needed a "fresh start," Switzer stepped down instead of waiting to be fired by team owner Jerry Jones. Jones, who said he had mulled over the team's future for the last three weeks, indicated that Switzer would have been fired had he not quit.
December 22, 1997 |
The embattled Barry Switzer left open the possibility that he will retire as coach of the Dallas Cowboys. "I don't know whether I'd want to be coach next season," a disgusted Switzer said after the Cowboys capped their worst season since 1989 with a dreary 20-7 loss yesterday to the New York Giants at a half-full Texas Stadium. Switzer, 60, whose team finished 6-10 in his fourth season since replacing Jimmy Johnson in March 1994, confirmed he has had recent discussions with owner Jerry Jones about a different role within the Cowboys organization.
December 17, 1997 |
Barry Switzer isn't blaming himself for the Dallas Cowboys' failed season. "I did as good a job as when we won the Super Bowl, probably a little bit better, considering some of the younger players," he said yesterday. Dallas has won three Super Bowls in the 1990s, including one in Switzer's second season as coach, 1995. This season, a combination of injuries, age and undisciplined play has led to a 6-9 record, putting Switzer's job in jeopardy. Owner Jerry Jones has steadfastly refused to say whether Switzer and his assistants will be back.
December 16, 1997 |
Troy Aikman's future with the Dallas Cowboys is certain even if Barry Switzer's isn't. Aikman, not a big backer of his head coach, said yesterday he'll return next season as the Dallas Cowboys' quarterback. In the Valley Ranch rumor mill, this was another sign that Switzer might not return because he doesn't teach the discipline Aikman believes is necessary to win. With a 31-24 loss Sunday to Cincinnati, the mistake-plagued Cowboys are 6-9 and out of the playoffs for the first time since 1990.
December 3, 1997 |
Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer, who was arrested last summer carrying a loaded pistol in his luggage at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge yesterday in Fort Worth. Switzer was fined $3,500 and was given deferred adjudication, meaning if he completes probation successfully the charge will be erased from his record. He also agreed in a plea agreement to serve 80 hours of public service as a condition of his probation. Carrying a handgun without a permit is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
November 12, 1997 |
Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer says he thinks defensive tackle Leon Lett will be an impact player when he returns from his one-year suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Lett, who has met with league officials and filed for reinstatement, is expected to return for the Cowboys' Monday night game against Carolina on Dec. 8. "I haven't seen him in 10 months, but I understand he's in good shape and plays a lot of basketball," Switzer said. "I think he'd step in and be a force right away.
October 6, 1997 |
Still fuming at what he had just witnessed, Barry Switzer dispensed with the usual coaching pleasantries. The host New York Giants weren't going to get much credit from the Dallas coach for upending his reeling team, 20-17, in an NFC East matchup. The Cowboys were going to get all the blame. "We beat ourselves," Switzer said, almost spitting his words. "The better team got their butts beat today because it made too many mistakes. " Switzer's "better team" committed 11 penalties for 119 yards, watched quarterback Troy Aikman throw two huge interceptions and sputtered once again inside the opponent's 20-yard line.
August 31, 1997 |
Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Seth Joyner of the Green Bay Packers won't play against the Chicago Bears tomorrow night because of a sore left knee. Joyner, a former Eagle who played the last three years for Arizona, had an arthroscopic exam yesterday, but the results won't be known until today at the earliest. Although Joyner had failed to earn a starting job after joining the Packers on July 18, coach Mike Holmgren and defensive coordinator Fritz Shurmur said last week that he would play in various defensive packages and on special teams against the Bears.
November 4, 1996 |
As Barry Switzer and some of his players were leaving Texas Stadium yesterday, an hour or so after losing to the Eagles at home for the first time in five seasons, the Cowboys coach said, "Talk to Troy tomorrow. He's going to need it. " Switzer, of course, was referring to quarterback Troy Aikman, his volatile team's unflappable leader whose precision passing has taken the Cowboys to three of the last four Super Bowl championships, but whose end-zone pass was intercepted in the final minute yesterday, ensuring the Eagles' victory.
October 30, 1996 |
Sweating as if layered in lycra, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones rushed from the upstairs press box to the sideline Sunday with the urgency of a man about to lose a rare opportunity. Ahead comfortably against the Miami Dolphins with two minutes left in the game, Dallas had a first down on Miami's 7-yard line. Plenty of time to score another touchdown, to push the final score to 36-10, to drub the coach whom Jones divorced after two Super Bowls, Jimmy Johnson. Plenty of time, that is, if the head coach who replaced Johnson would agree to it. Barry Switzer smiled at Jones and waved him off with a single hand.