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A Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl: How Long Has It Been?

RJ Ochoa

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Today is January 28th, 2016. Twenty years ago was January 28th, 1996.

That day was a special one as the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17 in Super Bowl XXX. The win gave the Cowboys their fifth World Championship and their third in four years... establishing them as a "dynasty."

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America's Team has spent each day of these last twenty years trying to get back to the top of Success Mountain like they were out at Sun Devil Stadium. Unfortunately for Cowboys Nation they haven't reached another Super Bowl or even an NFC Championship Game in that time.

The NFL, and NFC, have changed a lot in that time. The conference for which the regular season was simply a formality as it ultimately came down to a Dallas Cowboys/San Francisco 49ers showdown has seen different changing of the guards over the last 20 years. Who would have thought back then that the powerhouses would one day be the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers?

A common thread among all Cowboys detractors is that Dallas fans tend to "live in the past." Well as Taylor Swift once eloquently said, the "haters are gonna hate hate hate hate hate," but they do have a little bit of a point.

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The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most successful NFL franchises that there is, but twenty years is a pretty significant time without a title. This ongoing one is the longest drought between Super Bowl appearances for the Cowboys as the previous record was 14 seasons (between Super Bowls XIII and XXVIII).

Many people say that the Dallas Cowboys are to the NFL what the New York Yankees are to baseball and the Los Angeles Lakers are to basketball. Well I'll have you know that the longest drought between title appearances for those two franchises are 15 and 9, respectively. The current Cowboys drought has both of those beat.

As that drought continues to grow, so will the competition within the conference. In looking at the NFC, consider that every team in the conference has been to the Super Bowl in this twenty year span except for: Detroit, Minnesota, Washington and Dallas.

That's right. In 20 years we are just one of four teams from the entire conference, that's 16 total teams, that hasn't at least made a trip to the big dance. Even if every team took turns we would have had a Super Bowl appearance by now, alas that's not how this game works.

Not only have 12 NFC teams been to a Super Bowl since we have, but five of them have been there multiple times. Three of those are particularly sad when you really think about them.

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The Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, and Carolina Panthers have all been to the Super Bowl multiple times since the Dallas Cowboys have. What's truly gut-wrenching is that all three have done so with completely different regimes. Confused? Allow me to explain.

The Packers went to the Super Bowl and won it one year after the Cowboys last did - 1996. They went back again, another win, in 2010 with 100% of their roster and coaching staffs being different. The same can be said for the Seahawks of 2005/2013 and the Panthers of 2004/2015. That means that these three teams went to the Super Bowl, completely reset their roster and primary staffs, and made it back to the Super Bowl... all before the Cowboys could even make it to one.

It's a startling realization for the loyal members of Cowboys Nation, but it's one that we need to keep in mind. This is one of the proudest franchises throughout the entire National Football League, throughout all of sports! The future does appear to be quite bright, but we can't live or dwell in the past.

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During the conference championship games last week I tweeted that I was rooting for the Patriots to win the AFC. I had someone tell me that they didn't want the Patriots to potentially match us in Super Bowl wins. Keep in mind that New England held zero World Championships when we won our fifth twenty years ago today and are now only one behind.

While I would never root for anyone to supplant the Dallas Cowboys in any kind of record book or notoriety, this is the exact mentality that will keep us stagnant. Instead of rooting for no one else to equalize the success that we've had, the last of it being twenty years ago today, we should be focused on adding to it ourselves.

Let's go get number six.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/DallasCowboyBooksBlog Fred Goodwin

    If Jerry doesn't step aside, it may well be another twenty years until we go back. Jerry wants the credit for the three Super Bowls he won in his first seven years as GM — fine. That means he also gets the blame for building teams that won only three playoff games in the last twenty seasons.

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Where In The World Is DE Taco Charlton?

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Over pretty much the last decade, the Dallas Cowboys have been rock solid with their first round picks. With selections of Ezekiel Elliott, Travis Frederick, Byron Jones, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and Leighton Vander Esch (just to name a handful), Dallas has rebuilt the core of their roster through the NFL Draft.

It's nearly impossible to bat .1000 in any round of the draft, however, and this appears to be the current case with the Cowboys' 2017 first round pick.

Defensive end Taco Charlton has not had the sophomore season that he, or anyone, had hoped for. A healthy scratch last Sunday, Charlton has only been active for 1 of the Cowboys' last 5 games, and has not recorded a sack or tackle since week 9.

Prior to disappearing with injuries and "attitude issues," Charlton had only recorded 1 sack on the season and was beginning to fall behind his Hot Boy-brethren. Defensive end Randy Gregory has reached his form over the last few weeks, Tyrone Crawford is having arguably a career year, and DeMarcus Lawrence is one of the best ends in all of football.

This doesn't leave much room for Charlton, who's now having issues even getting on the gameday roster. Rod Marinelli dodged questions about Taco Charlton earlier this week, vaguely saying they are "moving forward" and that he'd like to talk about other players on his defensive line who are performing.

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Rod Marinelli on Taco Charlton's benching and being inactive last week: "We just keep moving along keep going forward. It's kinda been out there I'd leave it at that. I'd rather talk about our two tackles.

Charlton has not been quiet about his displeasure as of late, either. He's taken to Twitter to voice his frustrations, saying that not only is his shoulder fine but that the Dallas media is making up stories about his absence. He's also posted some cryptic tweets such as this one, with a picture of Allen Iverson and a caption reading "Every players needs that one coach to believe in them."

https://twitter.com/TheSupremeTaco/status/1072203745868554240

Maybe Taco is right. Maybe he just needs increased opportunity and a support system/coach that believes in him whole-heartedly. After all, Charlton has faced nothing but doubters and detractors since the second he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.

But in the NFL, the ultimate "what have you done for me lately" sport, it's hard to imagine he'll get that unwavering support anywhere in the league. He's going to have to "earn" his playing time, as head coach Jason Garrett spoke to earlier in the week. But with the plethora of talent the Cowboys are already putting out there on the defensive line, it's becoming difficult to see exactly where Taco Charlton can fit in on this defense.

It's possible, and fine, if it is simply not a fit between Charlton and the Cowboys at this point. But I'd also be wary of giving up on your first round pick in just his second NFL season. Another offseason with the team, working on his craft and getting fully healthy, should do Charlton wonders, and hopefully allow us to get a better read on his future with the Cowboys going forward.

Until then, we are all left to scratch out heads and wonder what in the world is going on with the Cowboys and Taco Charlton, and if the former first round pick will have a future in Dallas at all.



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Cowboys, Bears Proving Defense Can Win the NFC

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2018 has seen the emergence of high-powered offenses in both NFL conferences. The Kansas City Chiefs sit atop the AFC and the NFC is spearheaded by the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams. Through 14 weeks, these three teams are the top three offenses in the NFL, each averaging over 30 points per game. This year, for the first time in NFL history, two teams scored more than 50 in the same game.

Thanks to this consistent impressive offensive performances, you would think "offense" is the name of the game for the 2018 NFL season. Well, not so fast, my friend. Despite sitting atop the NFC, the Saints and the Rams have recently suffered losses that indicate hope is anything but lost for defensive teams in the league.

The Chicago Bears were able to bring down the Rams last Sunday Night 15-6. The same offense that averages 33 points per game was limited to six points. Sean McVay's remarkable offense went home with no touchdowns to talk about on the plane back home. Instead, they probably discussed Jared Goff's four interceptions.

Weeks earlier, the Dallas Cowboys shocked the world when they brought down the Saints. Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas simply couldn't move the ball against Leighton Vander Esch, DeMarcus Lawrence and Byron Jones. 13 points were all the Cowboys needed to score to beat an offense that was averaging 37 per game heading into week 13 but was only able to put up 10 in Dallas.

The Cowboys are the #4 seed with the Bears slightly ahead of them as the #3 seed in the NFC. Together, these teams have defeated the top two in the conference. Now granted, playoffs will definitely be different.

For starters, if they are to advance to the divisional round, they'll be on the road. Chicago was surely benefited by playing in such a cold weather versus a Los Angeles team. As far as the Cowboys are concerned, few times has AT&T Stadium been as loud as when they beat the Saints.

Hopefully, we'll get to see both of these elite defenses advance to the Divisional Round to  square off against this couple of high-powered offenses again. We will not only be witnessing amazing football games, but a great discussion regarding the everlasting debate between offense and defense.

For years, "defense wins championships" has been a widely accepted statement in football. The Cowboys and Bears have made that same statement resound recently with their impressive wins.

Can they do it again in January football? Can they do it on the road?

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Cowboys en Español: Los Colts No Son Cualquier Rival

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Al igual que el resto de la afición de los Dallas Cowboys, parte de mí se siente confiada respecto a este equipo visitando a Indianapolis Colts y resultando victoriosos. ¿El problema? Los Colts no son un rival sencillo de vencer. Si crees que la racha de los Cowboys los intimidará, piensa de nuevo. Los Houston Texans llevaban nueve victorias al hilo antes de enfrentarse a este equipo.

Siendo objetivos, este puede ser el partido que evite que los Cowboys cierren su temporada con ocho victorias al hilo para terminar el año con un récord de 11-5. Ni los Tampa Bay Buccaneers ni los New York Giants deberían presentar amenaza alguna contra Dallas. Lo mismo no se puede decir de Indianapolis.

Por primera vez en mucho tiempo, Andrew Luck está realmente de vuelta. Gracias a una reconstrucción de su línea ofensiva, su nivel de juego a regresado al nivel que conocíamos de él desde que llegó a la NFL. Afortunadamente para los Colts, Luck se ha mantenido sano toda la temporada y no se ve rastro alguno de sus lesiones anteriores en el emparrillado.

T.Y. Hilton está teniendo un muy buen año y sin duda alguna presentará un reto para Byron Jones y el resto de la secundaria de los Cowboys. Eric Ebron en la posición de tight end también será un dolor de cabeza para la defensiva.

Lo más interesante se dará en las trincheras. Los Cowboys han hecho un muy buen trabajo presionando quarterbacks opuestos en la temporada, pero si el centro de los Colts, Ryan Kelly está sano el domingo, se enfrentarán al mejor duo de centro-guardia en la liga actualmente. Con Quenton Nelson al lado, Luck estará muy bien protegido.

Sin embargo, Kelly no ha jugado debido a una lesión y aún está por verse si tomará el campo el domingo por la mañana. Los Cowboys hicieron un muy buen trabajo a la entonces ofensiva #1 de la liga, los New Orleans Saints, pero eso no significa que la ofensiva #8 que tienen los Colts no los retará.

Promediando 27 puntos por juego, la defensiva necesitará ayuda de Dak Prescott y compañía para ganar el partido. Dallas continúa moviendo el balón efectivamente, pero es tiempo de anotar touchdowns y no goles de campo.

Ezekiel Elliott será, una vez más, clave para la victoria. Enfrentándose a una defensiva Top 10 contra el juego terrestre, mover las cadenas con Zeke no será tan fácil. El novato Darius Leonard como linebacker ha sido algo espectacular otra temporada al igual que Leighton Vander Esch. Liderando a toda la NFL en tackleadas, estará listo para recibir a los Cowboys al Lucas Oil Stadium.

Lo más importante de este partido...

Por más impresionante que sea la racha de cinco victorias consecutivas, los Cowboys tienen que demostrar que pueden ganarle a un equipo fuerte estando de visita. Porque hay que admitirlo, Jason Garrett y su equipo no han tenido éxito fuera de casa. Claro, le ganaron a un equipo debilitado de Philadelphia Eagles y a unos Atlanta Falcons que va 4-9.

Este equipo "nuevo" de los Cowboys no ha ido contra un rival de calidad siendo el visitante. Es tiempo de demostrar que lo pueden hacer, ya que si quieren contender en postemporada, es justo lo que necesitarán... jugar bien de visita.

Sinceramente creo que los Cowboys ganan este partido. Principalmente gracias a su defensiva, pero también veo a la ofensiva dominar el tiempo de posesión en un juego de pocos puntos. Es tiempo de mantener esa racha.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Los Colts No Son Cualquier Rival" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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