According to some Cowboys' fans, the iconic blue star found on the team's silver helmet was placed there by god himself to serve as a symbol of excellence in professional football. However, the Dallas Cowboys opened as an expansion team in 1960, sporting a clean blue star on a cleaner white helmet. The team, led by Tom Landry, finished the season 0-11-1 and dead last in the NFL Western Conference.
Safe to say the star did not have the greatest of debuts. The uniforms remained unchanged until 1964 when the stars were removed from the shoulders and the base helmet color was changed from white to the silver that we see today.
With Landry still at the helm, these uniforms helped turn around the team's fortunes. After a 5-8 finish in '64, the Cowboys finished 7-7 the next season to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.
The uniforms remained virtually unchanged through 1971 when the team won its first Super Bowl. Sporting their iconic whites, the Cowboys defeated the Dolphins 24-3.
Roger Staubach was named the game's MVP.
The Cowboys went on to win a total of 5 Super Bowls, most recently in 1995. They have worn white in all five championship games.
The team lost Super Bowl V while wearing blue, in a game against the Colts that is remembered as the "Blunder Bowl".
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The new-look Jaguars land in last place on the list for a number of reasons.
The one that stands out right away is the awful two-tone helmet. What were they thinking!? The rest of the uniform has too much of a college feel to it, which I guess is fitting for a team that draws college level attendance.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
We can wait. Trust us.
The Buccaneers abandoned the creamsicle look in 1977 but are now making an attempt to honor the team's past in 2015.
Not only is the orange trim completely out of place, but the helmet logo is oversized and the number font looks like something out of an arcade game. What a mess.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That is a valuable lesson the Miami Dolphins failed to learn when updating uniforms in 2013.
The team's orange and teal color scheme mixed with unique logo has long made for one of the NFL's most recognizable and fun uniforms. However, the new logo took away all facial features from the dolphin mascot.
The team is also sporting a much brighter, and more obnoxious, shade of teal.
The Browns are another team that will be rocking new threads in 2015, but the new look still has some major flaws.
The team's color scheme of orange and brown is a tough hand for any designer to be dealt, and this new look does not shy away from flooding us with those two colors.
The bold "Cleveland" letters across the chest are a nice touch, but the rest of the uniform sets it back to #29 in our countdown.
The Cardinals uniforms look lazily done, throwing together red and white throughout the jersey and pants seemingly at will.
This set would be salvageable if not for the pitiful black jerseys the team wears all too often.
The Falcons have some pretty nice looking helmets, complete with one of the most innovative logos in the league.
However, the success of these unis ends right there.
The sleeve design on the jersey leaves something to be desired while the pants color scheme is just flat out bizarre.
The Panthers are one of the only teams to never fully update their uniforms.
The result is a look that is behind the times. While the all black look is intimidating and stylish, the white uniforms seen here look like something that an upstart high school football team with a low budget would wear.
Yet again, they do play in the NFC South.
The Lions look is really held back by the unnecessary black trim.
They have a great thing going with a blue and silver color scheme, but the touches of black make the uniform a lot less impressive and hold Detroit to #25 on the list.
Chicago's uniforms lack creativity, and the overall color scheme is dull.
Da Bears also land in the lower third thanks to their logo-less alternate helmets.
New York Jets
The Jets do a good job of mixing green and white into their look, but the overall feel of the uniform is distracting and the helmet logo seems to exist solely to serve as another place for the team's primary symbol.
Overall, it is still a pretty decent look.
The Redskins look has changed many times over the decades, and what the team is going with currently may be one of their worst yet.
The vibrant yellow mixed with a strange burgundy causes the Skins to be a total eyesore.
San Diego Chargers
The Bolts fall on the bottom half of this list, not because of any major flaw to their current look, but because of their past look that they chose to give up on.
The iconic powder blues from the team's past make this current style lose a lot of its effect, and I have a hard time believing most San Diego fans - along with NFL fans in general - would be opposed to the return of one of the NFL's greatest all-time looks.
The team has yet to come to terms with #2 overall pick Marcus Mariota, and it may be because of a disagreement with what the former Oregon QB will be wearing come game day.
The two tone blue uniforms are a total disaster. The logo just also doesn't seem to fit with an NFL team.
The Vikings have changed their shade of purple a number of times but seem to finally have a scheme that works well.
The shine on the helmet mixed with the clean purple and white jersey is a nice look. The two colored pants stripe holds this uniform back and puts the Vikings at the middle of the road.
New York Giants
The Giants slide on this list mostly for thinking that these bright white pants with awkward piping were a good idea.
The rest of the uniform is bearable, although some more red in the jersey wouldn't hurt.
Barring a Chip Kelly uniform redesign to make his team look even more like the Oregon Ducks, the 2015 Eagles style lands at #17 in the countdown.
The many different shades of green the team wears is distracting while the helmet tone seems to be caught between dark green and black. Speaking of black, the team also breaks out their all black alternates way too often.
A return to the Kelly green may be better suited for the Eagles.
The Texans basic look actually works very well, complete with one of the best helmets in the league.
It also helps when you have JJ Watt, who could be just as intimidating in a bright pink jersey.
This new Seattle look was a headline design from Nike's recent NFL makeover.
The ultra-modern uniforms work very well in mixing blue with the bright green found on the shoulders and numbers.
The Bills may lead the league in uniform combinations over the years, but their current look should be here to stay.
The color scheme is awesome, and the overall look has found a perfect balance between their AFL past and modern NFL style.
St. Louis Rams
Despite only wearing this yellow and blue set as an alternate now, the Rams look is like none other in the NFL.
Complete with one of the coolest helmets in the league, the jersey and pants fit together perfectly to create an unforgettable style at #13 in our countdown.
Kansas City Chiefs
Psychologically, the color red is associated with energy, aggression, and excitement. No wonder it is a great look for a team with one of the best fan bases in the league.
The all red look has not changed much from the team's AFL past, and the yellow detailing is perfectly done.
The Ravens purple and black style is one of the best in the NFL. The team is also one of the few in the league that can honestly say they make an all black alternate look good.
Take notes, Eagles and Cardinals.
The shoulder insignia honoring the state of Maryland's unique flag is also a very nice touch.
The Colts look is simple, but also one of the most visually appealing in the NFL.
The dual stripe on the shoulder and horseshoe helmet land the Colts into the top 10.
The Raiders have always been known for the silver and black, and the style puts them near the top of the countdown.
The black jerseys with silver numbering are a thing of beauty, complete with a perfect helmet. Raiders first round pick Amari Cooper will sure look good rocking these colors in the bay area.
New England Patriots
The Patriots red, white and blue style has served as a symbol of excellence in the NFL during this decade.
While the jerseys have a little bit too much going on, the pants work with the design well and the red facemasks are probably the best in the league.
Patriots fans have no reason to feel deflated over their team's threads.
The Bengals look is like none other in the NFL, and for the sake of this countdown - that is a very good thing!
The helmet has no set design, and the frequent use of Bengal stripes gives Cincy a style that few teams could pull off. These uniforms would look awesome in the second round of the playoffs.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints black and gold style embodies the party atmosphere of New Orleans.
The black coloring is simplistic and allows the gold numbers and detailing to stand out.
The gold helmet is also very well done.
Speaking of black and gold, the Steelers come in at #5 in the countdown.
Their look is known throughout the NFL, and the fierce black found all the way through the helmet embodies the city of Pittsburgh.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers garnet and gold is a signature look that has not required much change over the years.
Unfortunately, the team had a stretch where they nearly ruined the iconic style by shadowing the numbers in black. However, the team is back to their simplistic but elegant style and all is right with the world that is bay area NFL uniforms.
The Broncos orange look is sharp, and the team has a great balance between the base orange and blue.
The team that calls Mile High Stadium their homelands high on the countdown at #3.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers signature green and yellow is a well put together look from helmet to toe.
The helmets are nice, and the simplistic jersey on top of the yellow pants is a pleasure to look at. The pants striping is also well done and simplistic.
No surprise here, as America's Team's classic white look lands at #1.
The Cowboys have made a name for themselves by bending the rules and wearing white at home.
The clean blue and white look cannot be topped, complete with the shining helmet and star!
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How The Tables Have Turned for 2019 Dallas Cowboys
The 2018 season was a two-part tale for the Dallas Cowboys. The first is the story of a mediocre 3-5 team that couldn't get it going offensively. The second part is about a football team that turned its season around, made the playoffs, got a win in the postseason and ultimately lost to the team that ended up representing the NFC in Super Bowl LIII, the Los Angeles Rams.
Surely, 2018 didn't go as planned. The storylines leading to last season are actually very different from the ones we're hearing today. Let's take a look at a few examples of how the tables have turned for the Dallas Cowboys.
The need for a true WR1
Last season, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys preached the philosophy of not needing a #1 wide receiver. While that could've sound encouraging at the time, once the season began the team was proven wrong. They did need a WR1. Fortunately, this season we won't have to worry about it. This year, Dez Bryant shouldn't be a discussion topic among Cowboys' fans.
Amari Cooper is in the house. And he's been pretty good since he started playing with a Star on his helmet. If we have conversations about the WR position, they will not be about who's the #1 guy. With Michael Gallup showing up late in the season, it probably won't be about who is #2 either.
Back on top of the NFC East
Last year, the Dallas Cowboys were not really the favorites to win the NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles had just made history by winning their first Super Bowl ever and it seemed like the Cowboys would have to get a wildcard spot to play in January. Now it's the Cowboys back on top after sweeping the Eagles and turning their once 3-5 season around.
That of course, means a tougher schedule next season. However, it's nice to be back on top of the division. These two teams will surely have an intense race for the division title next season. Maybe we even see them both in the playoffs for the second consecutive year.
Sean Lee's uncertain future
I'm pretty sure no one expected Sean Lee to be considered a potential cap casualty for the 2019 season. Even if he was, it would've probably been anticipating an injury or something like that. No one would've imagined that Leighton Vander Esch would be so good to take Sean Lee's job.
The Cowboys' first round rookie truly earned the starting role as the defense's weak linebacker and he should keep it. With Sean Lee set to return to the field, I'm sure we didn't expect him to be a backup by now. We'll have to wait and see if the Cowboys decide to part ways with him. As a fan, it would certainly be painful. But we can't deny it would be a move that makes sense.
It's a crazy franchise on a crazy league. Who knows how things will go from now on, but the Dallas Cowboys certainly look like a promising team heading into the 2019 offseason. Here at Inside The Star, we'll continue to update you with the latest on your favorite NFL team.
Cowboys en Español: Volviendo a la Idea de Earl Thomas
El año pasado, Earl Thomas fue uno de los temas de conversación más frecuentes para los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys. Después de que los Seattle Seahawks no le dieran su deseada extensión de contrato, Thomas se convirtió en un candidato a ser intercambiado de su equipo. Entre los favoritos estaban los Cowboys, quienes tenían una necesidad en su defensiva secundaria. Ahora que la temporada 2018 llegó a su fin, la misma necesidad por un safety de calidad está presente en Dallas.
Sólo que en esta ocasión, Earl Thomas no está bajo contrato con ningún equipo. Su último momento con el uniforme de los Seahawks fue en un carro de lesiones, donde salía lesionado en dirección a su vestidor. Esto mientras se despedía de su equipo con el dedo de en medio extendido hacia sus entrenadores y compañeros. Así concluyó su temporada y su carrera en Seattle.
Ahora, listo para cumplir los 30 años en mayo, Earl Thomas probará la agencia libre cuando comience en marzo. Y sin lugar a dudas, uno de los equipos candidatos a firmarlo serán los Dallas Cowboys. Es un equipo que a pesar de tener una de las mejores defensivas la temporada pasada, se vería muy beneficiada con la llegada de un profundo del calibre de Thomas.
A pesar de su edad y las lesiones, Thomas continúa siendo uno de los mejores en la liga. Su talento es innegable y tendrá toda la disposición de demostrar lo que vale cuando tome el campo la próxima temporada. Cuando llegue el momento, podríamos ver una guerra de ofertas entre varios equipos de la NFL para llevarse al veterano a sus respectivas ciudades.
La pregunta es: ¿estarán los Dallas Cowboys en esa guerra de ofertas?
Los Cowboys tienen espacio en el tope salarial. Sin embargo, este no durará mucho considerando que DeMarcus Lawrence está esperando su merecida y cara extensión después de jugar bajo la etiqueta franquicia en 2018. Además, jugadores que aún están bajo contrato también estarán buscando ofertas este offseason.
Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, y Byron Jones están en la lista de quehaceres de la administración. Eso sin mencionar a Cole Beasley, cuyo contrato ya expiró y podría llegar a la agencia libre en marzo.
A pesar de esta complicada situación, los Dallas Cowboys deberían buscar conseguir a Thomas. Siendo sinceros, la defensiva tiene mucho talento y podría mantener su nivel en 2019. Pero hace falta un jugador en la posición de safety para llevar a esta unidad a otro nivel. Un nivel realmente capaz de ganar en postemporada enfrentándose a cualquier tipo de ofensiva. Sin importar que tan explosiva sea. Y además de esto, un jugador que sea capaz de robar el balón y hacer jugadas de impacto constantemente.
Cuando los Cowboys se enfrentaron a Seahawks en temporada regular, Thomas dio un buen ejemplo de esto interceptando en dos ocasiones a la ofensiva de Dak Prescott.
A pasos de un equipo de campeonato, un movimiento agresivo para obtener a Earl Thomas sería algo genial para Dallas. Vimos como los Rams de Los Angeles fueron agresivos al construir su equipo y llegaron hasta el Super Bowl este febrero. Quizá es tiempo de que Jerry Jones y compañía sean igual de agresivos y vayan por ese safety elite que la afición lleva pidiendo desde el offseason del año pasado.
Slot Machine: Amari Cooper in the Slot Could be Even More Dangerous
Amari Cooper was a dangerous man with the Dallas Cowboys after he arrived via trade from the Oakland Raiders last season. He was one of the big reasons why they were able to turn around a season that looked as if it was circling the drain and I don't think anybody would argue the point. But, I think he could be even more dangerous in 2019, especially if Cole Beasley departs via free agency.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you pretty much know the topic of the Cowboys offseason so far has centered around Cole Beasley and his future with the organization. He has been invaluable in Dallas since arriving as an undrafted free agent in 2012, but it's looking more and more as if he could be taking his talents elsewhere in 2019.
With Beasley more than likely moving on, the Cowboys will need to find someone who can replace his production in the passing game, especially in the slot. Everybody assumes Dallas needs to go outside the organization to find that player, but I'm not so sure. I think they already have a wide receiver more than capable of stepping in, and he just so happens to be there first-round draft pick this year.
In case you haven't figured it out already, I'm talking about Wide Receiver Amari Cooper. He has mostly been used as an outside receiver in his professional career, but he does have the skill set and route running ability to be a really dangerous out of the slot. I'm not talking about a full-time move into the slot or anything, just a marginal increase in snaps.
According to Rotounderworld.com, only 12.6% of Amari Cooper's snaps in 2018 were out of the slot. For comparison sake, Cole Beasley's snaps in the slot was 85.9%, the highest of any receiver in the NFL last season. That's a huge difference, not one the Cowboys should try to match with Cooper or any other potential slot WR replacement.
Personally, I'd like to see Cooper's snaps playing out of the slot increased to around 20%. That would put him in Odell Beckham Jr. territory (19.9%), and we all know how difficult he is to cover all over the field. It would likely do the same for Amari Cooper.
I just really like the idea of him having the entire field to work with and the favorable matchup it creates with slot/nickel cornerbacks around the league. Can you imagine opposing defensive coordinators trying to figure out how to contain a player that has the kind of speed and route running ability that Amari Cooper has? They better stock up on Tylenol, because that is a surefire way to get a headache.
This is course is just speculation at this point, especially since we don't know what the Cowboys offense will look like with Kellen Moore taking over the playcalling duties. But if it was me, I'd be doing everything in my power to get the ball in the hands of my best WR, Amari Cooper, and that might mean increasing his snaps out of the slot.
What do you think about using Amari Cooper out of the slot more often in 2019?
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