Jimmy Johnson denies report that he's interested in GM position

Wednesday, October 13th 2004, 2:57 pm
By: News On 6

Former Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson denied a report he will return to the team as general manager, saying he has ''no interest'' in that job and that he is enjoying his life as a football commentator.

''There has been no contact and I have no interest,'' Johnson said in response to a report on WQAM radio. ``I'm emjoying what I'm doing. If I was going to be a general manager, I'd just go back into coaching.

``Both job for me would require the same amount of time. It's not like I would work half as much as a general manager. It's 24 hours a day, seven days a week, especially in the situation the Dolphins are in now.''

Johnson has been approached by other teams on several occasions about GM-type jobs. San Diego and Green Bay, among others, have talked to him since he stepped away from coaching the Dolphins after the 1999 season.

Johnson's return to the Dolphins has been speculated upon several times among the Dolphins fan base, but Dolphins President Eddie Jones said ''that's the first I've heard of that'' when asked about the report on WQAM.

Johnson is close friends with Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt, the two have known each other for more than 30 years dating to their days as assistant coaches at the University of Pittsburgh.