Jerry Jones remembers Bill Belichick making a job pitch, wonders what if

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Before Bill Belichick won the most Super Bowls of any coach in history, he was a fired coach looking for a second chance.

After the Browns fired Belichick following the 1995 season, he ran into Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at a ski resort. The Cowboys were coming off their fifth and most recent Super Bowl title.

That much Belichick and Jones agree on. From there, the two have different memories of their chance meeting.

Jones said on his radio show Tuesday that Belichick made a pitch for a job.

“Bill Belichick said, ‘I can coach. If you ever get an opportunity, don’t forget about me,'” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. “I’ve thought about that many times. You never know where you can find a great coach. You can find them in a ski checkout line sometimes.”

The Cowboys moved on from Barry Switzer after the 1997 season but hired Chan Gailey and then Dave Campo before Belichick coached his first game for the Patriots.

Belichick recounted the encounter, though he didn’t “quite remember it the way Jerry described it, but he’s probably got a better memory than I do.”

“Yeah, I was out in Snowmass,” Belichick said. “I was out there with the family, and Jerry, he’s got on a big white jacket with a blue star, coming off a couple Super Bowl victories out there. But yeah, Jerry and the Jones [family] have always been great to me, always had a great relationship with them. When Jimmy [Johnson] was the coach down there, I was at Cleveland – AFC, NFC, it wasn’t really much competition there. So, we were involved in a few trades and, you know, offseason conversations, things like that. Still, from where we are and where they are, there’s not a lot of direct competition. It’s a team that we’ve worked with before.

“But, yeah, I have all the respect in the world for Jerry. He’s totally committed to winning. That organization’s committed to winning. Stephen [Jones] does a great job with their organization and personnel, and Jason does a great job on the coaching end. I spend a lot of time talking to those guys at various owners meetings or workouts or, you know, what have you.”

The Cowboys have had four head coaches and no Super Bowl titles since Belichick became the Patriots head coach.

29 responses to “Jerry Jones remembers Bill Belichick making a job pitch, wonders what if

  1. Jerry likes control and so does Belilchick, therefore it wouldn’t last.
    It would be like replacing Jimmy Johnson with… Jimmy Johnson.

  2. Never happen or work. He had Jimmy Johnson and ran him out of town because he thought he knew better. Jerruh sure has wasted a lot of talent because of his meddling thinking he knows football.

  3. No wonder Peyton Manning developed as a QB…He had to deal with Johnson’s defence in Miami, Belichick and Parcells with the Jets, Carroll with the Patriots and whoever coached the Bills defence, when the East was Beast…

  4. Jerry takes a lot of heat with the NFL’s fan base, especially his own. But this guy is committed to winning and is still a better GM than 90 percent of the teams in the league. His local fan base has to appreciate that much. Having said as much he needs to let his coaching staff do their jobs without his meddling micromanaging.

  5. When Parcells was the HC, Kraft had a business model that said divide the power and lost a great HC. Kraft learned his lesson. Maybe Jones would have adjusted too. He lets his son pick the players and his son is good at it.

  6. Belichick is better off he plays for a real owner who stays in his lane and is not a deluded self-aggrandizing egomaniac masquerading as a football man and an owner. Jerry didn’t win those Super Bowls, Jimmie Johnson did, and Jerry Jones couldn’t stand it. Jones will never win a SB as long as this pathetic charade continues.

  7. Everyone claiming it would never work forget how well it worked with Jones and BB’s mentor. Parcells makes it well known that he loved working with the Jones.

  8. It is funny to think about. Jerry coming off his 3rd title in 4 years and Bill fired from the Browns looking for a job. Who would have thought the Patriots would win more Superbowls as a franchise than Dallas over the next 24 years.

  9. When Parcells was the HC, Kraft had a business model that said divide the power and lost a great HC.
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    yea, that “great head coach” was a defensive coordinator propping up parcells where ever he went. kraft deserves credit for recognizing that parcells was just a mouthpiece with a losing record and zero playoff wins without Big Bill coaching the team for him.

  10. Jerry takes a lot of heat with the NFL’s fan base, especially his own. But this guy is committed to winning and is still a better GM than 90 percent of the teams in the league.

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    90% you say? Meaning only 3.1 are better?

    Bill Belichick
    John Schneider
    John Lynch
    Ozzie Newsome/Eric DeCosta
    Kevin Colbert

    I’d throw in the Vikings GM for assembling a lot of talent but their recent history is almost as pathetic as the Cowboys’

    KC actually made moves to get Mahomes. Dak was a consolation prize after failing to get The Great Paxton Lynch

    I could probably go on but yeah, no, Jerry Jones is a horrible GM outside of A) Building the O-Line through high draft picks and B) having the confidence to go get Amari Cooper when the world was saying it was a bad move. Two good decisions, thousands of bad ones. 2 playoff wins in 25 years isn’t just bad luck

  11. Not sure Jones wants to be associated with the legacy of cheating, fines, and suspensions the Patriots have had to endure as they’ve managed to “take” all those titles. Was it really worth it?

  12. “Jerry takes a lot of heat with the NFL’s fan base, especially his own. But this guy is committed to winning”

    If he was so committed to winning he would have hired a real HC years ago.. instead of allowing his ego to get in the way.

  13. “Bill Belichick said, ‘I can coach. If you ever get an opportunity, don’t forget about me,’”-
    As reserved and taciturn as Belichick is, this sounds the furthest from anything I could reasonably imagine passing through his lips. Sounds like Bill chose to subvert a potential distraction by not using a direct denial.

  14. Jerry can dream can’t he? Besides he’s already said that Jason Garrett is one of the most sought after coaches in the league

  15. He had a good thing with Jimmy Johnson and ran him out of town because of he was jealous. I can’t imagine it would have been any different with Belichick. Also, he wouldn’t have given BB control so why in the world would Bill want that job? Jerruh wants the success but he would rather feed his ego than have the team succeed. He just needs to shut up.

  16. nestrongsafety says:
    November 20, 2019 at 8:11 pm
    Jerry takes a lot of heat with the NFL’s fan base, especially his own. But this guy is committed to winning and is still a better GM than 90 percent of the teams in the league. His local fan base has to appreciate that much. Having said as much he needs to let his coaching staff do their jobs without his meddling micromanaging.
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    4 playoff wins over the past 23 years and Jerry’s a better GM? I’m part of the fan base
    and I don’t appreciate the results.

  17. Not sure Jones wants to be associated with the legacy of cheating,
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    have another bag of doughnuts kick back the lazyboy and scream at the tv.

  18. If Jones had hired Belichick I doubt he would’ve lasted in Dallas any longer than Jimmy Johnson or Bill Parcells.

    Jones winds up driving away the good HCs that he hires.

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