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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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  1. Fred Goodwin

    January 29, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    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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Could Loaded FA Safety Market Drive Down Earl Thomas’ Value?

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Could Loaded FA Safety Class Drive Down Earl Thomas' Price Tag?

It's no secret the Dallas Cowboys and Earl Thomas share a mutual interest in one another. Thomas has publicly stated his desire to join America's Team and the Cowboys did their darndest to make that happen last offseason. Nothing ever materialized a year ago, but it's looking as if the stars have finally aligned and a union between the two could merely be just weeks away.

Surprisingly enough, the Dallas Cowboys may have dodged a bullet last year when the Seattle Seahawks refused to part ways with their All-Pro safety. Not only would they have had to surrender a high draft pick, but they would've also had to extend Thomas' contract. Fortunately, timing is everything and now the Cowboys might just have to do the latter.

A potential contract between the Cowboys and Thomas is of course what I want to dive in today. I'm not going to get into numbers right now, because it's nearly impossible to project any kind of contract for any safety this offseason, especially for the former Seahawk, Earl Thomas.

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Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Right now, it's a little difficult to know who might have the advantage in contract negotiations, Earl Thomas or the Dallas Cowboys. A lot of times the one that has the leverage, however slight, is the one that gets the better of the deal. As surprising as it may be, the Cowboys might just have the advantage here and I'll tell you why.

First off, this year's market for free agent safeties is pretty stacked with starting caliber players. See below:

  • Earl Thomas
  • Landon Collins
  • Lamarcus Joyner
  • Tyrann Mathieu
  • Adrian Amos
  • Clayton Geathers
  • Ha-Ha Clinton Dix
  • Glover Quinn
  • Tre Boston
  • Kenny Vaccaro
  • George Iloka
  • Jimmie Ward
  • Adrian Phillips

Earl Thomas is obviously the headliner here amongst the free agent safeties, but having so many starting caliber players available could drive down Thomas' market value just a bit. This is especially true when you take into consideration the market for FA safeties just a year ago. It was almost a complete standstill last year, with only Kurt Coleman signing a three-year $16.5 million deal with the New Orleans Saints. Not even the "Honey Badger" Tyrann Mathieu could get more than a one-year deal.

With all of these safeties available in free agency, we could be looking at another stingy market. This of course could be good or bad news for the Dallas Cowboys, especially as it pertains to Earl Thomas. Since he is the top FA safety available, everything could once again be at a standstill until he is signed.

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Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Of course, we all know this will ultimately come down to determining Earl Thomas' market value. There is no denying he is still arguably the best free safety in the game today, but there are concerns about his age (30) and the two lower leg injuries he's sustained in the past three years.

Even with the loaded free agent market of starting caliber safeties and Thomas' age and recent injury history, he's still likely to receive a contract that earns him $10 million annually, give or take. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he gets another four-year deal worth $40 million, $25.7 million guaranteed, with a $9.5 million signing bonus like he signed with the Seahawks back in 2014.

The Cowboys of course would probably find a four-year $40 million deal for Earl Thomas acceptable. They would more than likely frontload the contract with a lot of protection in the details. They have the cap space to make this happen and still be able to sign their own, so money shouldn't be a problem.

Now, whether or not Thomas' market value may dip a little due to all of the above mentioned reasons will be something we will have to wait and find out. Regardless, I'd be a little shocked if Earl Thomas doesn't finish his career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Do you think Earl Thomas' market value will take a little hit this offseason?



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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

What a difference a receiver makes, right? As Dallas fans, we know the impact of a player who can shake coverage, get open, and catch the ball. How was the season going before the Cowboys pulled the trigger for Amari Cooper in the deal with the Raiders? Cooper proved to be the lightning rod and a turning point in a season that was growing increasingly dismal. Dak Prescott and Cooper went together like peanut butter and jelly, while the Cowboys stormed to a division title and a postseason berth.

Now, imagine all of that times two… maybe even two and a half if Antonio Brown could be had from the Steelers. Scary right? We understand there’s only one ball to go around but that didn’t stop Kevin Durant from joining the Warriors, did it?

As of this writing, the best online sportsbooks like Intertops, are dealing Dallas as the seventh of 16 choices to win the NFC championship at odds of 12-1. Imagine how those odds would shrink if Brown wore a Cowboys uniform next season, giving Prescott the luxury of not one upper echelon wideout but that plus an elite receiver. Hut, hut, hut and a few clouds of smoke later the Cowboys would be moving the chains or celebrating in the endzone.

Brown and Cooper would be a devastating combination with Ezekiel Elliott coming out of the backfield. Brown was made for Dallas, it gives him an even grander stage than the one he shared with Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell in Pittsburgh.

Despite the fact that the 'Boys haven’t won a Super Bowl since Barry Switzer was roaming the sidelines in the mid-90s, America’s Team still resides in Dallas. But we need a game-changer and Brown is just such an athlete. But what do we give in return and will that cost be worth whatever productive years Brown has left after this one? Let’s not forget that the mercurial Miami native will be 31 when the season begins and men who make a living with their legs don’t get better at that age. But Brown is so good and so unique that, even if he drops half a click, he's still amongst the best in the game.

That level of talent is hard to replicate and it could be the missing piece which allows Dallas to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender next season and the year after.

However, up to this point, we’ve been very good at dreaming of a Brown to Dallas trade but haven’t quite worked out the details. It takes two to tango and if we expect to get the Steelers’ attention we need to give them something valuable in return. Dallas surrendered their first-round pick (27th) this season when they traded for Cooper so that’s no longer an asset.

Pittsburgh would be vying for a first-round pick (and likely more) for Brown's services but some have speculated Dallas would consider dealing rookie-standout Leighton Vander Esch.

Wait... what? We know, you’re clutching your pearls, and the words are stuck in your gasp. We get it. The kid was a home run this past season, leading the Dallas defense in tackles and earning a Pro Bowl invitation in his inaugural NFL season. But this would be a Faustian deal.

The Cowboys give up a player who is poised to be a stud for years to come for a playmaker in Brown that could render a Super Bowl in the immediate future. Brown's expiration date will surely turn his milk sour sooner rather than later, but in the here and now, Antonio Brown could be the bell cow who leads the Cowboys to the promised land before he’s put out to pasture.

Just something to think about...



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2018 In Review: CB Anthony Brown Bounces Back

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Anthony Brown's Resurgence A Great Sign for Cowboys Defense
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To say it's been an up-and-down start to the career of young cornerback Anthony Brown would be an understatement.

As a sixth round pick in 2016, everything Brown contributed during his rookie season was a plus. Due to injury he was asked to step into a greater role as the season went on, and he performed well enough to make the front office comfortable allowing multiple veterans to walk for nothing in free agency the following Spring. Brown looked like a legitimate starting cornerback in the league, and when Dallas brought in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis during the next draft, the young secondary seemed set.

Then 2017 happened. And Anthony Brown struggled. Really struggled.

These struggles, coupled with the emergence of both Lewis and Awuzie during their own rookie seasons, made Brown's status heading into 2018 rather uncertain. Some wondered if they would trade him for a day three pick, others thought Brown could even end up being cut. Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown were slated to compete for the nickel cornerback job in training camp, and as it turned out, all Brown needed was that one extra chance to compete.

Brown won the job outright during the preseason, and began 2018 as the starting nickel. A fan favorite, most thought Lewis would reclaim his rightful spot on the depth chart sooner or later, but Anthony Brown's play (and Kris Richard's preferences) kept Lewis on the bench for much of the season.

Simply put, Anthony Brown balled in 2018, and was the Cowboys' second best corner for most of the year. By the end of the season Chidobe Awuzie had regained form, but Brown and Byron Jones were the most consistently reliable corners on the roster all of 2018.

Brown tallied 44 tackles, 2 sacks, and an interception in 2018, and finished third on the team in pass breakups with 8. As the slot corner Brown had an excellent season, especially for a former sixth round pick.

Now he enters a contract year, and with the Cowboys having so many guys to pay over the next two offseasons, he could find himself as an unrestricted free agent in 2020. And if he can keep up his play from last year moving forward, he could be in for a nice payday that Spring.



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