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Have Patriots Passed Cowboys on All-Time Franchise List?

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The Dallas Cowboys have long-been thought of as one the league's premier franchises. For a long time, they led the NFL in Super Bowl appearances (8), were tied for most Super Bowl victories (5), and owned the streak for most consecutive playoff appearances with 9.

They have always been "America's Team," and still command top dollar at opponent's stadiums. And despite their lack of success, the Cowboys continue to lead the league in jersey sales and TV ratings nearly every season.

But putting all the branding and off-the-field stuff aside, the last 20 years have put a serious damper on what the Cowboys franchise represents.

A franchise which once knew nothing but Tom Landry and excellence has suffered ridicule after Blake Bortles and the Jaguars reach a place Dallas hasn't been in far too long: a conference championship game.

This Sunday, the New England Patriots look to break their tie with the Cowboys for Super Bowl victories at five. By getting their sixth -- third in the last four years -- the Patriots will tie the Steelers for most championships in NFL history. They have already passed the Cowboys in Super Bowl appearances, getting their 10th this season, and now look to leave them in their dust in terms of victories as well.

New England has also sustained their dynasty throughout a day and age where dynasties are not supposed to exist. The NFL has put an emphasis on parity in the NFL, and with their free agency and draft rules it should be more difficult for a team to sustain excellence like the Patriots have.

Of course, this has everything to do with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

For as good as Tony Romo was, he was certainly not Tom Brady. Even Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach cannot match Brady's accomplishments. Plus, the Cowboys have come nowhere near excellence at their head coaching spot since Jimmy Johnson roamed their sidelines in the early 90s.

While New England was relatively irrelevant for a long time, this Brady/Belichick run is now creeping up near two decades long. It's been quite a long time since the Patriots have had a losing record, or have been labeled as irrelevant around the league.

With all of this being said, I ask: If the Patriots win their sixth Super Bowl Sunday, do they become a more successful franchise than the Cowboys?

Historically, the Cowboys are still one of the top five franchises in football. But the recent success of the Patriots and mediocrity of the Cowboys has made this question legitimate.

I will always be partial to the Cowboys (mostly due to my fandom), but I wanted to see what other fans think. Comment below with your opinion, even if you're calling me a young idiot.


Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and am currently a college student. Lets get going.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/DallasCowboyBooksBlog fgoodwin

    The Pats have definitely surpassed the Cowboys on the all-time franchise list.

    That’s what 22+ years of mediocrity will do to a once proud franchise. So we to cheer the fact that Dak is #1 in jersey sales? How the mighty have fallen.

    And fans cheering our league-leading TV ratings just proves how far fan expectations have lowered during Jerry’s leadership as GM.

    • CanYouHearUsNow?

      The Cowboys have won the 9th most games in the last 20 years. They are still number one in all time win pct the Patsies 9th. Now shut up.

      • http://www.dallascowboyschat.com Cowboysdude

        OH yeah that makes that 20 year drought all that much better….. Quit being a typical cowboys fan and hanging onto the past like a life line and understand that this organization isn’t geared towards winning it’s geared towards making $$ and winning is just extra. This organization has clearly spit in the face of the fans but the sheeple continue handing over their money like lemmings off a cliff.

        • CanYouHearUsNow?

          Don’t let the door hit you in the arse on the way out.

      • http://www.facebook.com/DallasCowboyBooksBlog fgoodwin

        What have they done lately? Haven’t sniffed a Super Bowl in 22 years. Now YOU shut up!

        • CanYouHearUsNow?

          D*ckhead it took the Patriots 41 years to get to the Super Bowl. The Boys will be back and if you don’t like it cheer for the Browns.

      • http://www.facebook.com/DallasCowboyBooksBlog fgoodwin

        So happy we’re ninth on the list of all-time wins. Do they give a trophy for that? I didn’t think so . . .

        • CanYouHearUsNow?

          Moron they are NUMBER ONE FOR ALL TIME WIN %%%% Now go FK yourself!

          • http://www.facebook.com/DallasCowboyBooksBlog fgoodwin

            Show me the trophy for being #1 in all-time winning %, speaking of morons! If it makes you happy, knock yourself out. I’d rather be #1 in Super Bowl trophies, if you don’t mind.

          • CanYouHearUsNow?

            Well they do have 5 second to Pittsburg. As the Rolling Stones sang…..”You Can’t Always Get What You Want” Of course lowlifes like you end up robbing banks and stores to get it.

  • Travis Diggs

    I cant believe this is real question. Not only have the Patriots passed us but so have the Steelers and Packers. Cowboys fans and writers love bringing up Rings like any of them are recent. Mediocrity will do that to a franchise. Even teams that use to be laughing stocks like the Rams and Jaguars are playoff teams now. I got a question, What will happen first, A cowboys NFC Championship/Super Bowl or a Browns playoff berth/win??

    • http://www.dallascowboyschat.com Cowboysdude

      Well coming from a NON typical cowboys fan this is what we see. They hand onto the past like their lives depend on it. Instead of thinking ahead they hang onto what’s behind them. I said it the day it happened..hiring the red headed love puppet as a HC was just round 2 of the love of the puppet. That’s what Al Davis Jr does because he’s in love with what comes out of his own mouth and has to be the center of attention at all times. Until he dies this team, this organization is going no where. As far as the red clapper being COY that was a HUGE joke to the fans that really understand the politics of the game. Not to mention “Jerrah” make the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is meaningless.

  • Sean Leonard

    The Cowboys have been surpassed by Patriots because the organization settles for medocrity. No innovative thinking on both sides of the ball. Coaches don’t scheme match ups to take advantage of an opponents weakness. The front office is more concerned about talk shows, then winning Superbowls.

  • TreFKennedy88

    Yup the pats are better than us Sadly thanks Jerry……

  • Ervinlang318

    The Worst Thing that happened to Us was Winning those 3 so early and not spread out over time.
    Someone I know participated in a Cowboys argument and mentioned thats why we’re the most Valuable Team in Sports. I BS you not. I just shook my head

    • http://www.dallascowboyschat.com Cowboysdude

      That is why sheeple continue handing over their money like lemmings going over a cliff. That kind of blind devotion is idiotic. You pay your hard earned money and it’s not cheap and in return you get mediocrity. Which is all you’re going to get because he’s making so much money he doesn’t have to change a thing. Fans do not realize just how much power they actually have. TV ratings and merchandise sales can cripple a team…but the cowboys sheeple that wear rose colored glasses and drink the Jerry Juice don’t realize that they may as well put their money in a pile in the middle of the floor and light it on fire……they’ll at least get some heat which is more then they’re going to get with this organization.

  • littlesigh

    Who cares… you are either a Cowboys fan for life or not. If you drop the Cowboys or drop any team you made “your team” what kind of fan are you? I was 9 in 1966 when I became a Cowboy fan, will never change. Still have my framed letter from Tom Landry. Go Cowboys!

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Is Terrance Williams Roster Spot Safe with Dallas Cowboys?

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Is Terrance Williams Roster Spot Safe with Dallas Cowboys?

This will hardly be the last article written about the wide receivers of the Dallas Cowboys entering the 2018 season. However, we can only hope it's the last off-field incident that will factor into the difficult decisions the Cowboys will make on their final depth chart at WR. Yesterday, veteran Wide Receiver Terrance Williams was arrested for public intoxication after leaving the scene of a crash involving his Lamborghini.

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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams released a statement on his recent arrest detailing several facets of the incident: "I have always been an upstanding citizen and handled the situation the best way I know how.

Details concerning the severity of the incidents that led to Williams arrest remain somewhat unclear. His on-field production certainly has not been though, putting himself in an expendable position by failing to catch a touchdown in 2017 and only going for over 100 yards once.

Handling this Terrance Williams situation in whatever the "right way" is will be yet another critical decision the Cowboys make under Head Coach Jason Garrett. A team that has clearly valued continuity under Garrett, there is precedent for the Cowboys keeping a now-troubled player like Williams if the void he'd leave behind is too large.

It is widely believed that this is a Cowboys coaching staff working to keep their jobs in 2018. Losing Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and Terrance Williams in one offseason may very well be too much.

Already dealing with a broken foot that expects to keep Terrance Williams out of football activities until training camp though, it is becoming increasingly easier for Williams to become forgotten about in new WR Coach Sanjay Lal's room.

New additions to this unit include FA signings Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson, along with rookies Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson. Joined by the likes of KD Cannon, Lance Lenoir, and Malik Earl, all of these receivers are going to stake their claims for a spot on the Dallas Cowboys before Williams even catches another pass from Dak Prescott.

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Once perceived to be fighting for positions below Hurns, Williams, and Cole Beasley as locks on the final 53 man roster, Williams' arrest is the epitome of "next man up" in Dallas. Even if Williams remains with the team in 2018 - as cutting him would only make moral sense for the Cowboys, not financial - his days as a starting receiver may very well be numbered.

As mentioned, this won't be the first look we have at the status of the Cowboys receivers. I'm already on record having high expectations for Michael Gallup, and believe Cedrick Wilson was one of the steals of the draft for the Cowboys in the sixth round. The unproven nature of this pass catching unit (through to TE with rookie Dalton Schultz) is going to make for fascinating training camp battles, competing for spots in an offense that could still be one of the league's best.

Tell us what you think about "Is Terrance Williams Roster Spot Safe with Dallas Cowboys?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


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Terrance Williams Arrest: Salary Cap Impact if Released

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The news of Cowboys Wide Receiver Terrance Williams' arrest yesterday sent a shockwave through an otherwise quiet mid-May news cycle. Many fans are wondering what the team might do, and what effect decision could have on Dallas' salary cap.

Unfortunately, moving on from Terrance won't bring the team in cap relief. But given their current cap space and where we are in the offseason, the Cowboys should have the freedom to cut the receiver if they choose to.

Depending on who you ask (OverTheCap, Spotrac), the Cowboys have somewhere between $5-$9 million in current cap room. If they release Williams before June 1st, his cap hit accelerates from $4.75 million to $7.25 million in dead money. That means he counts $2.5 million more off the team than on it.

If Terrance is cut on June 1st on later, the 2018 dead money is $4.75 million for a net-zero wash. That extra $2.5 million counts against 2019.

While that may sound cost-prohibitive on the surface, you have to remember where we are in the offseason.  May is very different from March when you're talking about cap space.

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Free agency is essentially over. The Cowboys don't need to worry too much about their 2018 cap room at this point, so they can absorb Williams' dead money if they want to cut him loose.

Helping matters should be the eventual new contracts for Guard Zack Martin and Defense End DeMarcus Lawrence.

Martin's 2018 cap hit is currently around $9 million. Once he signs his new long-term deal, which is almost sure to come before training camp, that number should go down significantly. Dallas can do an immediate Year One restructure and potentially create around $6 million in cap space.

That alone would facilitate cutting Terrance Williams, but then they also have the hopeful new deal for Lawrence. The $17 million that Lawrence currently counts as a franchised player will go way down with a long-term contract. If Dallas can get that done, they may not have to touch Martin's deal.

The point here is that while cutting Williams is not a financially beneficial move, the money shouldn't stop the Cowboys if they don't want him around anymore.

If Terrance has proven anything during his five years in Dallas, it's that he doesn't have the talent to step into a primary role. With new arrival Allen Hurns and Cole Beasley both showing they can produce at a high level at times, plus exciting rookie Michael Gallup now in the mix, the Cowboys' season hardly relies on Williams' presence.

Of course, the Cowboys have a history of sticking by their guys during times of personal problems. Josh Brent did way worse than Terrance and remained supported by the organization.

But each situation and player are different, and the coaches may have already soured on Williams after a lackluster 2017. They may have only kept him because of those cap numbers we discussed before.

Terrance's latest dropped ball may have been the final straw, though. If so, the salary cap shouldn't stop Dallas from cutting him.


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BREAKING: Terrance Williams Arrested For Public Intoxication After Car Accident

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Will Terrance Williams be Back with Cowboys in 2018?

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams is in jail after crashing his car, a Lamborghini, into a light pole, per the Star Telegram. The incident occurred approximately at 3:00 AM, according to the reports and Williams, who fled the scene was arrested two hours later. He was arrested for public intoxication and was also charged for leaving the scene.

According to Clarence Hill, Williams was still in jail as of 11:30 AM.

Kate Hairopoulus, from SportsDay, reported that according to Frisco Police, the Lamborghini was found without a driver. After determining that the car belonged to the Cowboys' wide receiver, they proceded to arrest Williams near his residence, where he was riding an electric bicycle.

This certainly explains why T-Will wasn't arrested for DUI instead of public intoxication. Hairopoulus also reported that Williams has been released on a $369 bond.

Without much more details, Terrance Williams' future with the Cowboys doesn't look very promising as of right now. After hauling a lot of receivers during the offseason, the WR room in Dallas will feature a lot of competition.

Williams, who's recovering from a fractured foot and missing the offseason programs, has something to prove. Certainly, an accident like this doesn't help much his cause.

Here at Inside The Star, we'll keep you updated with more details about Terrance Williams' arrest.

Last updated at 2:20 PM CDT.

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