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".
The Cowboys will enter 2015 hoping to reach Super Bowl 50 in style. But where does their look rank in the NFL for 2015? View this list to find out...
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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What Are Realistic Expectations for Cowboys LB Sean Lee?
For many years, Linebacker Sean Lee has been the face of the Dallas Cowboys defense. However, that's quickly changing. The young duo consisting of Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch have taken over the linebacker position by dominating the field from sideline to sideline with their explosive talent. As a rookie, Vander Esch filled in for Lee at the weak linebacker position when the veteran went down injured and never gave the job back.
Currently, uncertainty surrounds Sean Lee, who took a pay cut earlier in the year to stay with the franchise he's played for since the beginning of his professional career in 2010. What will his role be in a young fueled defense in the upcoming season?
As we've all been able to see throughout his career, Sean Lee is one of the best in the game when he's healthy. Unfortunately, that's not very often. His injury proneness led him to a position change years ago, when he was moved from the MIKE (middle linebacker) to the WILL (weak side linebacker) position. Now, those two spots are taken care of.
Where does this leaves Lee? The main question is whether or not he'll move to the strong side. Many question if this would be the correct call, given that he could be at even more risk of suffering yet another injury in a position that leads to more contact. The other option would be for him to be Vander Esch's backup at WILL.
Lately, it seems like the Cowboys will indeed move him to the strong-side. After all, it only makes sense to have your best three players on the field at the same time. On minicamp, the Cowboys have been playing the veteran at SAM, letting him get reps and grow comfortable in what seems to be his new job.
But even if Sean Lee starts lining up on the strong side, what can we expect from him next season? The way the NFL offenses operate now leads to teams sending their nickel packages to the field more often than not. For the Cowboys 4-3 defense, that means three cornerbacks, two linebackers. When that's the case, it will be Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith who we see out there, not Lee.
Damien Wilson was the team's "starter" on the strong side, and he only managed to get 286 snaps, according to Pro Football Reference. That represents 28% of the team's total snaps. Even if Sean Lee becomes the starting strong side linebacker, we likely won't be seeing him as much.
Even still, I'd expect Sean Lee's experience to play a big factor when the team needs Jaylon Smith or Leighton Vander Esch to catch their breath. Lee could jump in and play a few snaps at any LB spot and do a good job at it.
After all, we can't forget that despite his injuries, Lee is a remarkable player on defense. He should still be one of the smartest linebackers with extraordinary instincts. There's a reason why, before Vander Esch arrived to America's Team, the defense crumbled without him. Last year, despite losing the starting gig, Lee still had 118 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and an interception. The longtime veteran can still play.
It will be odd for Cowboys Nation to watch Lee on a completely new role. It's also hard to put the finger on what his production will look like at the end of the year. If there's one thing we know though, is that the veteran will work hard every practice trying to get the most playing time he can. We should be excited about the team's top three linebackers.
Dak Prescott Impresses, Draws Compliments All Minicamp Long
Dak Prescott stood before the media Thursday in a Stetson Cowboy hat, answering questions about his upcoming contract extension.
“I’ve got my cowboy hat on, so I’m a Cowboy, we’ll say that.”
Prescott has cemented himself as the franchise quarterback of America's Team, and now it's time for the franchise to pay him like it. Set to earn roughly $34 million per year (according to recent rumors/reports), Prescott is going to be a very rich and comfortable man in the near future.
But, for now, he still plays under his fourth round rookie contract. You wouldn't be able to tell by watching him on the field, however. Though it was just minicamp, Prescott was impressive as ever over the last couple weeks of practice, earning praise from all levels within the organization.
Veteran Jason Witten complimented both Prescott's anticipation and accuracy, saying his throws have been "off the charts" at minicamp. Prescott himself said that this is the best he's felt since he's entered the league, and it certainly makes sense for this to be the case.
"Is it three years under my belt or just seeing defenses a whole lot more clear, being quicker and faster in everything I want to do, having great teammates around me? Who really knows the answer, but I feel great. I feel confident, and my teammates do, as well.” - Prescott to DallasCowboys.com
If Prescott was ever going to be comfortable, hungry, and ready to go, this is likely the time that it would happen. He has three relatively successful seasons under his belt, and ended 2018 on the best stretch of his career. He is the unquestioned starting quarterback for this team, and has the backing of every key decision maker in the building.
Prescott now has an offensive coordinator who he has not only worked closely with (in some capacity) since he entered the league in 2016, but is also being lauded for his creativity as an offensive mastermind. His quarterbacks coach, Jon Kitna, has been receiving similar praise for how he can coach up Prescott and get his footwork consistent, to help him "throw it through a Fruit Loop."
The time is now for Dak Prescott, and it's encouraging to see how he is responding to this increased pressure and responsibility. Then again we should have no doubt that he will respond positively, as he as throughout his entire young career.
Whenever faced with adversity, Prescott has answered the bell. Now he has all the supporters he needs, and just needs to prove them right.
Does RB Ezekiel Elliott Have A Chance At NFL MVP?
Who is the Cowboys best player?
As a running back, it's quite possible that Elliott is both the best of that bunch and the least important to the team's overall success. NFL.com's Adam Schein disagrees with the latter statement, however, placing Ezekiel Elliott among his top ten contenders for 2019 NFL MVP.
"I think the Cowboys are going to challenge for the Super Bowl in 2019 -- and I think Zeke fuels this team. When Elliott runs for 95-plus yards, the Cowboys are 19-4; when he falls below that benchmark, they're 9-8." - Adam Schein
Schein's prediction will no doubt make Cowboys Nation swoon, but does Elliott really have the opportunity to compete for an MVP award?
For one, this would require the Cowboys be among the best teams in the league this season. It's quite possible, as they did win 10 regular season and 1 playoff game a year ago, but it will have to happen once again for Elliott to be considered.
Next, Ezekiel Elliott would have to put up incredible numbers. Well, it's safe to assume this will likely be the case if condition one is met. Elliott is going to get a lot of opportunities to touch the ball each game, and finding himself among the league's rushing leaders has never been an issue for the young running back. Especially if the team has a lead and is running the ball to kill clock.
Even if both these conditions prove true, though, Elliott will still have trouble getting himself in the real MVP discussion. These awards tend to go to certain positions, and running back is not among that list. If Dallas has such a successful 2019, and their offense is clicking, it's more likely Dak Prescott will be the one contending for that MVP honor.
I know to some it sounds crazy, but Prescott will likely need to be closer to MVP level than Elliott if the Cowboys are to contend in the way Adam Schein suggests in his article.
So, likely, Schein should have named Prescott among his top ten MVP contenders, not Elliott.
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