Most Surprising Coach Firings

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  • Mark Jackson fired, Golden State Warriors
  • Jimmy Johnson, Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, Barry Switzer
  • Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears
  • Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Maurice Cheeks, Detroit Pistons
  • Dusty Baker, Cincinnati Reds
  • Terry Francona, Boston Red Sox
  • Lionel Hollins, Memphis Grizzlies
  • Billy Martin, New York Yankees
  • Mike Brown, Cleveland Cavaliers

Jimmy Johnson, Dallas Cowboys

Let’s see…all Jimmy Johnson did was coach the Dallas Cowboys to back-to-back Super Bowl championships in the 1992 and 1993 seasons. That apparently wasn’t enough for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who constantly engaged Johnson in a power struggle over team decisions. When Jones felt like Johnson snubbed him about the Cowboys selection in the 1992 NFL Draft, he reportedly expressed interest in Barry Switzer as the team’s next coach. It was enough of a memory for Johnson to forcefully quit in March 1994. Surprising that two Lombardi trophies couldn’t make this fiery pair see eye-to-eye. (Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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