Cowboys Rebuild On Par With Seattle, Pending 2014 Draft

Use your ← → (arrows) to browse

 

Nov 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Troy Aikman (R) talks with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) during warmups prior to playing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Troy Aikman (R) talks with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) during warmups prior to playing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Anyone remember former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman extolling the virtues of Seattle head coach Pete Carroll’s philosophy when his Seahawks posted back-to-back 7-9 seasons? Aikman made headlines this week when he compared the Superbowl champion Seahawks to his former team, criticizing the latter for a lack of direction and philosophy.

He’s not alone in his finger-pointing, but not one of the TV experts who delight in criticizing the Cowboys as a dysfunctional organization ever once publicly marveled at Carroll’s philosophy before his team started winning games.

TV experts don’t recognize winning philosophies until they result in wins. Carroll’s philosophy didn’t change the year he drafted quarterback Russell Wilson and won 11 games; his philosophy was always good, it just didn’t translate into wins until he had amassed the talent to execute it.

So it shouldn’t surprise us that no one on TV acknowledges the winning culture Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is building in Dallas. Never was that philosophy more apparent than in the last game they played.

All the TV experts saw was a third straight season-ending loss to a division rival. Anyone who’s been paying attention the past three years saw something more – the embodiment of Garrett’s philosophy: Competition, accountability, and pushing players to be “the best version of themselves.”

Garrett got exactly that from every player who took the field in Week 17, but it wasn’t enough to win. Philosophy is important in building a perennial contender, but it’s not enough without talent.

Consider that in 2011, the Seahawks endured their fourth straight losing season; then in 2012, they won 11 games. In 2013, the Cowboys endured their fourth straight season out of the playoffs. Will 2014 be the Year 5 turnaround like the Seahawks had? The answer is not in the philosophy – it’s in the talent.

The Road Back To Contention

Seattle Seahawks

Dallas Cowboys

2007

10 and 6

11 and 5

2009

2008

4 and 12

6 and 10

2010

2009

5 and 11

8 and 8

2011

2010

7 and 9

8 and 8

2012

2011

7 and 9

8 and 8

2013

2012

11 and 5

???

2014

Each team followed a division championship with four straight dismal seasons. The Seahawks stopped the streak in 2012 with a wild card berth and a playoff victory at Washington. From 2008 to 2011, in the four drafts leading up to their breakout season, the Seahawks drafted five eventual pro bowlers and five other key starters who would lead the franchise back to relevance.

Use your ← → (arrows) to browse
Next Cowboys Game View full schedule »
Sunday, Sep 2121 Sep12:00at St. Louis RamsBuy Tickets

Tags: Dallas Cowboys

comments powered by Disqus