As Dallas Cowboy fans, we constantly are asking ourselves what if owner/general manger Jerry Jones and former head coach Jimmy Johnson could have set aside their massive egos and co-existed. How many Super Bowl trophies could they have collected in the 1990s? With the way Jimmy acquired talent, I firmly believe they could have won a couple of more during the prime years of The Triplets which included quarterback Troy Aikman, running back Emmitt Smith, and wide receiver Michael Irvin. Even after twenty years, my blood boils when I start thinking about that time and my enragement for Jerry comes to a head for messing that holy matrimony up.
Fast forward to the current day Cowboys and I still find myself asking ‘what ifs’ with this franchise. What if Jerry set his ego aside and found a way to keep former head coach Bill Parcells around a little longer or at least replaced him with a legitimate coach like a Sean Payton? Instead, he replaced Parcells with two puppets in Wade Phillips and Jason Garrett. Serviceable coaches who more importantly would not cast a larger shadow over this franchise than the one set by Jerry. I believe the Cowboys could have won at least one Super Bowl with this core group of players they have had over the last several years if they had the right coach leading them. I disagree with all the critics who have been saying the last few years that this team just doesn’t have the talent that everyone thought they did.
How many teams in the NFL can claim to have two sure fire Hall of Famers on their roster? The Cowboys certainly could have the last several years in defensive end DeMarcus Ware and tight end Jason Witten. Add to that a top 10 quarterback in Tony Romo, a former wide receiver who probably should be in the Hall of Fame in Terrell Owens, a current wide receiver who is among the league’s best in Dez Bryant, and the premier left tackle in Tyron Smith. The Cowboys have definitely had their share of talent.
That is only to name a few but I’m clearly excluding past and present talented players like DeMarco Murray, Jason Hatcher, Anthony Spencer, Bradie James, Andre Gurode, Jay Ratliff and the list goes on. Never mind the players that have left and played well in the league for other teams. Do players like Martellus Bennett, Chris Canty, Stephen Bowen, and yes, even Terence Newman ring a bell? All of those players have made significant contributions on their new teams after moving on from the Cowboys.
That just goes to show that the coaches on the Cowboys didn’t create the optimal environment for them to succeed. Sure, they have had some holes on their roster over the years but every team nowadays does. The Green Bay Packers won a Super Bowl with an average at best offensive line only a few years ago.
Who knows how many Super Bowls the Cowboys could have won in the 90s if Jimmy stayed around or if we had the right man to replace Parcells in 2007? We can only ask ‘what if’?