Inside The Numbers: Cowboys W/L Record Since Last Super Bowl Win

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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

It’s my belief that during the off season, members of Cowboy Nation should be optimistic about our immediate future. Like other teams, our Cowboys are preparing to improve the team with new players in the upcoming draft.

It’s exciting to wonder what the Cowboys and Jerry Jones will do with the draft. We will anxiously watch to see if the Cowboys trade up, trade down or stay put and who will be selected. Our newest draft class will be trusted to make us a better team. Unfortunately, one of my associates would have you believe that there’s no hope on the horizon, as if the Cowboys are planning to draft 11 kickers.

One statement used to “prove her point” was – “Over the last 16 years, the Cowboys’ record has been .500. How in the world can anybody be ‘optimistic’ about our next season?”

As a numbers guy, I wondered where that ranked the Cowboys. A .500 win / loss percentage seems bad, but there’s no team that has a won every game over the past 20 years. So how have the Cowboys really fared since their last Super Bowl win?


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  • trinity

    So the argument is, “yeah we suck, but other people suck as well so it’s ok”? That’s sad. The reason why there is no hope for the cowboys is because they are stuck under the thumb of Jerry Jones. The ultimate hype machine. Content to keep losing as long as ratings are high. His willingness to accept and even reward mediocrity is the reason there is no hope for the cowboys.

  • BradAustin

    Kind of a sore topic with most Cowboys fans. That list is a little misleading. It ranks Dallas as 8th, but there are 12 teams ahead of them. So they are tied for 13th with Atlanta, out of 30 teams playing since 1996. 13 or 14 out of 30 is a few spots short of dead average. So since 1996, Dallas has performed very slightly better than average. Cowboys loyalists don’t consider that remotely competitive.

    Many of the 12 teams above us had serious playoff success in that time period. We did not. Again far from competitive.

    Winning a decent amount of games most years but nothing significant is not competitive to Texas football fans. That’s basically being an also-ran. And it just displays JJ’s coach hiring strategy. Find decent coaches who can win some, but not be controlling enough to win substantially. To me, that’s called a forfeit. Again, sorry but this one is a very sore subject for many years. lol

    • SmartThinking

      My thoughts exactly as I looked over this list. Once again, there’s Dallas, right in the middle. There are some people, I don’t count myself as one of them who’ll tell you with a straight face that any 8-8 team is just a few players away from achieving greatness (big Jones is the cheerleader for this bunch). Clearly, that isn’t the case with this franchise. Conceivably, we could swap out 12, maybe as many as 15 players with better ones and still struggle for a division title. The numbers say, year in and year out.