The Dallas Cowboys have a unique team with everything it needs to win a Super Bowl, but it’ll rely on it own talented roster to make it happen.
The last time the Dallas Cowboys were locked and loaded with a roster full of talent former President William Jefferson Clinton was in office and there was no such thing as “social media”.
That was back in 1992.
If you’re a true Cowboys fan, you either read about those golden years or remember them as much as you know your birth name.
Those golden years consisted of three Super Bowl titles in four years, having one of the best coaches and talent evaluators in NFL history, and it produced several Hall of Famers-one being the owner and general manager Jerry Jones.
After the demise of that Super Bowl dynasty, it would be another decade before the Cowboys had a team talented enough to win 13 games- let alone be considered Super Bowl contenders.
The team I’m referring to is the 2007 Dallas team coached by Wade Phillips and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.
Tony Romo was the quarterback, and Romo had plenty of offensive weapons in wide receivers Terrell Owens, the late Terry Glenn, Patrick Crayton, Miles Austin, Sam Hurd, and future Hall of Famer Jason Witten.
The offensive line was beyond legit with Pro Bowlers Andre Gurode, Flozell Adams, and Leonard Davis leading the way. That group was followed by Marc Colombo and Doug Free. This impressive offensive line opened up running lanes for running backs Julius Jones and Marion Barber (Marion the Barbarian).
The defensive side of the ball wasn’t too shabby, either. The defense boasted players like Demarcus Ware, Greg Ellis, Tank Johnson, Jay Ratliff, Marcus Spears, Chris Canty, Bradie James, Ken Hamlin, and Anthony Henry to name a few.
Looking back, that was a really good team, but it lost to the hated New York Giants (eventual Super Bowl champs) in the divisional round of the 2007 playoffs.
In fact, that really was the last time Dallas had a serious and legitimate Super Bowl contending team.
Please, lets ditto the 2014 and 2016 teams as Super Bowl contenders. Although Dallas won 12 and 13 games respectively, captured the NFC East and received a first round bye as either the first or second seed team, those teams caught opponents off guard and had glaring holes.
Fast forward to 2019, and this Dallas team is definitely Super Bowl contenders.
If Dallas is to win it all, it will be in spite of Jason Garrett and not because of him.
To be clear, Dallas had a good enough team to make a Super Bowl run last season, but the loss to the Los Angeles Rams had more to do about poor coaching and scheme than anything else.
However, as elite as Dallas is, this team will win because of the plethora of offensive weapons and defensive studs on both sides of the ball.
Basically, the talent will supersede any coaching of Garrett because he doesn’t know how to execute “in-game strategy” to make his team better.
All Garrett knows how to do is clap louder than a Texas thunderstorm, but according to Dallas’ players, Garrett’s motivational speeches move them to perform at an optimum level. To some degree, Garrett relies more on a player to outplay his opponent. Wow.
Think about it. When Garrett has a healthy roster of elite talent, Mr. Clapper wins NFC East titles, makes it to the playoffs, and has won two measly playoff games.
Since 2014, Garrett has won the NFC East three times and made the playoffs. The only reason Dallas didn’t win the division or make the playoffs in 2015 and 2017 is because of an injury-prone Romo and Ezekiel Elliott being suspended for six games in 2017 (Dallas still won 9 games in 2017).
That’s proof that Garrett will win most of the games he coaches if he has the better squad. But if you’re asking Garrett to come out and devise a scheme to attack an opposing team’s weaknesses, then you believe in the tooth fairy because it’s never going to happen.
Believe it or not, Garrett follows the philosophy of former Dallas head coach Jimmy Johnson. As much as I like Johnson for drafting great players, being a masterful motivator, and winning two Lombardi trophies, Johnson wasn’t going to out scheme you with an offensive/defensive game plan.
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Johnson believed in the best player winning the battle, and Johnson always coached the best players-whether at the University or Miami or for the Cowboys. Look it how Johnson traded Herschel Walker to collect all of those draft picks and turn them into Super Bowl winning players. And that’s Garrett’s philosophy, too.
So with Dak Prescott leading the way as the field general, the offense features Zeke, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, Tavon Austin, Randall Cobb, Jason Witten, Cedrick Wilson, Noah Brown, and one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.
The defense is led by Demarcus Lawrence, followed by Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch, Maliek Collins, Randy Gregory, Robert Quinn, and Xavier Woods. There are others, but those are the headhunters on the defense.
With a roster full of elite talent, expect Dallas’ players to win a Super Bowl for America’s Team in spite of Garrett.
That much we know.
- Published on 05/17/2019 at 12:30 PM
- Last updated at 05/17/2019 at 08:11 AM