Lord have mercy, what an ugly game. The Dallas Cowboys got spanked, and I mean spanked by the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars, 35-17.
Can you believe that Detroit is actually looking forward to playing us?
What needs to happen? Well, let's look at some history.
The Cowboys franchise got its start in 1960. Tom Landry was head coach.
When Landry was fired by Jerry Jones, he had a career record of 270-178-6. However, Landry (before the start of the 1989 season) had not won a playoff game since 1983. That's five years. It was probably time for a change.
When Jerry Jones purchased the team, he made himself General Manager. He has supposedly been in charge of all personnel decisions since 1989.
Jerry put the great Jimmy Johnson in as head coach. Johnson had been coaching at the University Of Miami, and was familiar with many of the players soon to be drafted by the NFL. We'll never know who made the decisions that led to the Cowboys era of greatness in the 1990's, but my money is on Jimmy.
Jimmy Johnson coached his Cowboys to Super Bowl victories in 1992 and 1993. But he couldn't get along with Jerry and left after the 1993 season.
Then General Manager Jerry Jones....The details remain shrouded in a late-night haze, but it seems the trouble started when Jones toasted the Cowboys and was offended when Johnson reciprocated but did not invite Jones to join his table. A few hours later, Johnson alleges, Jones told a group of reporters in a bar that he planned to fire Johnson and replace him with Barry Switzer, an old foe of Johnson's from his college coaching days.
....appointed Barry Switzer as Cowboys head coach.
Using Jimmy's players, Switzer was able to win a playoff game in 1994, and he won the Super Bowl in 1995.
The Cowboys won a single playoff game in 1996 (a year soon to be known as "the good old days), but went a disappointing 6-10 in 1997.
General Manager Jerry Jones.....
Gailey went 10-6 in 1998, and then 8-8 in 1999. He didn't win any playoff games.
So then, Jerry Jones, who was supposedly still making all of the personnel decisions....
...fired Chan Gailey and replaced him with Dave Campo.
Campo was head coach in 2000, 2001, and 2002, and had a won/loss record (respectively) of 5-11, 5-11, and finally, 5-11. No playoff wins.
So General Manager Jerry Jones, who was still in charge of ALL personnel decisions....
Despite winning a couple of Super Bowls with the Giants, and an AFC Championship season with The Patsies, Parcells was unable to do anything with Jerry's Kids in Dallas. There were lots of discussions about "They want you to cook the dinner, at least they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries." Some former Parcells players got signed, and Parcells had some small authority over the team.
From 2003 through 2006, the Dallas Cowboys went 10-6, 6-10, 9-7, and 9-7. They didn't win any playoff games.
(It was at the beginning of the Parcells era that I discovered that God hates Jerry Jones, and I started making a small fortune betting against Dallas. That has nothing to do with the matter at hand. I wasn't worth a crap at left guard at North Sunflower Academy, but I can tell who God doesn't like.)
Then Cowboys General Manager Jerry Jones, who hadn't won a playoff game since 1996....
...thought that he could improve the situation by bringing in Wade Phillips.
Maybe Jerry Jones had discovered the source of his problems. Maybe this coach would be the one who could properly use Jerry's draft choices.
The first year, 2007, it almost worked. The Boys went 13-3, but didn't win a playoff game.
The next year, they went 9-7, but didn't make the playoffs.
In 2009/2010, perhaps to illustrate the old proverb that "even a blind hog can sometimes find an acorn", Jerry's draftees went 11-5, and beat the Philadelphia Eagles in a playoff game. The curse was lifted.
The next week Minnesota beat the tar out of them 34-3.
This year, the mighty Dallas Cowboys have started the season with one win and six losses. They just finished losing to Jacksonville. Yes, Jacksonville.
Jerry Jones and the city of Arlington have taken people's homes by force, bulldozed them, and built the greatest sports facility on this planet on the site of their theft. All to host this mess. That was like tearing down the Taj Mahal to put up a movie theatre that only shows "Jackass 3".
That's the history of the Dallas Cowboys coaches and their playoff wins.
Let's hope that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who is a brilliant businessman, can figure out the root cause of his problems.
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