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Johnson in Miami for Talks

January 8, 1996

MIAMI (AP) _ Jimmy Johnson, saying his desire to coach again is growing, hinted Sunday night he may talk this week with the Miami Dolphins about returning to the NFL and succeeding Don Shula.

``If I do make a decision to get back in it, obviously there’s a lot of work to be done,″ Johnson told television reporters shortly after arriving at Miami International Airport. ``I have a couple of meetings here in the next couple of days and we’ll go from there.″

Johnson, who lives in the Florida Keys, did not specifically say those meetings would be with the Dolphins. But the remark nonetheless feeds the growing perception that Johnson is in line to replace the NFL’s winningest coach. Shula retired Friday after coaching the Dolphins for 26 years.

Neither Johnson’s lawyer, Nick Christin, nor Dolphins vice president Eddie Jones commented Sunday on possible negotiations.

Johnson led the Miami Hurricanes to a 1987 national championship and won titles with the Dallas Cowboys in the 1993 and 1994 Super Bowls.

``I’m probably closer to coaching than I have been in the past couple of years,″ he said.

Johnson, who spent the last few days in Los Angeles as part of the Fox network’s playoff coverage, said he has not met with Dolphins owner H. Wayne Huizenga. Huizenga on Friday said Johnson is at the top of his list of coaching candidates.

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