EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 17: FOX NFL Commentators Jimmy Johnson (left) and Terry Bradshaw talk on the sideline during the Kansas City Chiefs game against the New York Giants at Giant Stadium on August 17, 2006 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Add Jimmy Johnson to the list of franchise greats singing the praises of the strides made by the Cowboys in 2009; the former coach and Fox Sports analyst was at the Daytona 500 last weekend, where, speaking to reporters, he expressed a belief that the team was on the cusp of Super Bowl contention.
Troy Aikman made some similar comments two weeks ago, as did the newly enshrined Hall of Famer, Emmitt Smith.
"They made progress," Johnson said of 2009, per the Dallas Morning News. "I don't think they're that far away. They are in the mix when you pick the better teams for next year."
One of the questions Johnson has concerning the Cowboys, as we inch closer to off-season workouts, is a popular one: what's to be done with this receivers situation? Miles Austin broke out in 2009 as a legitimate play-making threat, very probably saving the season--but after him, the picture gets more dicey, particularly considering the contract (and play) of Roy Williams.
Whether Williams can fix up in 2010 and play up to expectations, Johnson has his doubts.
"With Roy Williams, the jury is still out," Johnson said. "But I'm beginning to believe maybe he's not the guy."