While commenting on the struggles of the Cowboys - Jimmy Johnson explained to the world why the Bengals will never win a Super Bowl and find consistent, sustained success under Mike Brown's reign.
On the Dan Patrick Show - Johnson disagreed that Jerry Jones was calling the shots during their back-to-back Super Bowl run in the mid-90's.
As for the current Cowboys, Johnson sees problems with the way Jones has structured the team. Johnson said that in the NFL, everyone — players, coaches, general managers, everyone — is motivated by the fear of losing their jobs. But when Jones has hired himself as general manager, there’s no fear of losing his job — and also no fear of any of Jones’s family members or other personal favorites losing their jobs.
Jimmy Johnson then went on to crystallize why the Bengals are never quite good enough:
“Really, the No. 1 motivator is fear, you know, fear of maybe letting down your teammates, of being chastised or maybe losing your job. Where’s the fear in Dallas? There’s no fear in Dallas. It’s a country club where everybody’s buddies,” Johnson said.
Johnson is 100% right. In any other city in America, Marvin Lewis is on the hot seat after four straight losses, with three of the losses coming to team's with winning records. And he CERTAINLY does not get a 10-year opportunity to win his first playoff game.
In a league that has so much parity...you need coaches, players, and front office staff that are all working that extra hour or two and focus on the ultimate goal - ALL THE TIME. It's that little bit more, driven by fear of letting your teammates and your organization down, that separates teams like the Bengals from teams like the Steelers.