Obviously, this game against the Cleveland Browns doesn’t look to be to have the same prospect as the 1968-69 contests, but the outcry for the head coach’s ouster will be significantly worse if it happens. The Browns, along with the Packers, represented an old guard of the NFL that had to give this expansion Cowboys team a little deference. They were getting too far too fast. Within 7 seasons of their founding, they were hosting an NFL Championship game against the vaunted Green Bay Packers. For comparison, that would be like the 2008 Houston Texans playing the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship. Can you imagine?
Losses like those to the Browns help build the character of this franchise, because the hero is only as strong as the obstacles he overcomes. Getting demolished by the Browns and getting branded “Next Year’s Champions” was a hurdle for Dallas to bound en route to becoming America’s Team. Conversely, a loss to the Browns would reveal the character of this team, and no one wants to see that. Heading into Thursday, Cowboys fans only want to be thankful their team is 5-5.