History of the Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys owe a good deal of their birth to the birth of the AFL and the creation of the Dallas Texans, who later became the Kansas City Chiefs.
There had been talk for several years about NFL expansion, but there wasn’t any rush. And some owners, specifically George Preston Marshall, the owner in Washington, were outright against it. He felt that he had the corner of the so-called Southern market, and he didn’t want to give any of it away to a team in Texas.
But then the AFL happened, and the rest of the NFL became afraid that all of them, not just Washington, would lose the south. And after a back-and-forth between Marshall and the new ownership group in Dallas, the expansion team was allowed to move forward.
How The Dallas Cowboys Come To Be
First they were the Dallas Steers. Then they became the Dallas Rangers, but that conflicted with an area minor league baseball team. So the Dallas Cowboys were born, and they began play in 1960.
They went winless that first season, and didn’t make the playoffs the first six years. But by the 1970s they were a regular participant in the Super Bowl, playing in Super Bowl V, VI, X, XII, and XIII. Added to their three Super Bowls in the 1990s, the Cowboys have played in eight Super Bowls and won five of them.
Tom Landry became the first Cowboys coach at age 35, and he led the team for the first 29 seasons of their existence. He is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, along with many players from his era, like Roger Staubach, Drew Pearson, Randy White, Tony Dorsett, and Bob Hayes.
The 1990s era Hall of Famers include Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith, Larry Allen, Deion Sanders, and Charles Haley.
NFL Big Changes from Last Season – Dallas Cowboys
Quite often when an owner gives a head coach a vote of confidence, it’s the beginning of the end for that coach. We’re not quite sure what to make of Jerry Jones praising head coach Mike McCarthy when training camps opened in July.
Jones said that he had every confidence that McCarthy could win a Super Bowl, and then added that if he didn’t think that, he had other choices at head coach.
Perhaps it’s an ominous sign of things to come, but for now there is no change at head coach in Dallas. But Jones as the owner, and his son Stephen Jones as the general manager, have made some changes to the roster that don’t necessarily look for the better.
Gone is wide receiver Amari Cooper, and there was no adequate replacement brought in. Much of the plan for the passing game is a breakthrough for Michael Gallup, and when a team plans on its current players performing better than before, quite often the result is disappointment.
CeeDee Lamb is definitely on the rise, but the team wasn’t able to work out a contract for tight end Dalton Shultz, and he is playing this season on the franchise tag.
On defense the team was able to keep Demarcus Lawrence with a new contract, but EDGE rusher Randy Gregory left in free agency for the Broncos. Gregory hasn’t been a big sack guy, recording just 6.0 last season and 3.5 in 2020. However last year he did have 29 quarterback pressures and 17 quarterback hits, and his presence made life easier for Lawrence and Micah Parsons.
In the draft the Cowboys did add beef along the defensive line John Ridgeway from Arkansas. Dante Fowler is a free agent signing that may fill some of the gap left by Gregory. They also like second round pick Sam Williams to help out as a rotating EDGE rusher.
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