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Johnson To Stay With Dolphins

January 14, 1999

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) _ Jimmy Johnson, on the verge of quitting, changed his mind today and will remain as coach of the Miami Dolphins.

``I really believe that we’re a couple of playmakers away offensively from getting that championship,″ Johnson said at a news conference.

Johnson said former Chicago Bears coach Dave Wannstedt, a former Johnson assistant in Dallas, will join the Dolphins as assistant head coach.

Johnson said the death of his mother a month ago had made him realize that he needed to spend more time with his family, especially since he was marrying his longtime girlfriend, Rhonda Rookmaaker.

But Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga convinced Johnson today that hiring Wannstedt would allow him to have more time off from the 15-hour workdays during the season.

Huizenga had rushed back from a baseball meeting in California after word surfaced late Wednesday that Johnson had been prepared to end his tenure after three seasons.

That stunning news came less than a week after the Dolphins were eliminated from the NFL playoffs with a 38-3 loss in Denver.

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