The Glory Days
The Dallas Cowboys versus the San Francisco 49ers has long been considered one of the ultimate football rivalries. The 49ers were the dominant side of the 1980′s, winning four of their five Super Bowl trophies then. The Cowboys stole their crown in the 1990′s when the Triplets of quarterback Troy Aikman, wide receiver Michael Irvin and running back Emmitt Smith triumphed three times in four years.
It’s been some time since the Cowboys have had any influence on the quest for glory. In fact, the Cowboys and 49ers haven’t both been featured in the playoffs since 1998. At the time, Dallas head coach Jason Garrett was still wearing the Cowboys uniform as a back-up quarterback. Whilst Niners’ head coach Jim Harbaugh was also plying his trade as a quarterback but for the Baltimore Ravens. It’s unlikely, however, that too many people will be backing both sides to make progress into the playoffs in the forthcoming year.
The question mark casting a shadow over the Cowboys continues to be its defense. Veterans DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher moved onto pastures new. Linebacker and defensive leader Sean Lee is out for the year. Rookie DeMarcus Lawrence was expected to carry the majority of the load when it comes to sacks will likely spend half the season recovering from a broken foot. And to top it off, cornerback Orlando Scandrick and safety Jakar Hamilton have both wound up with 4 match suspensions due to violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. When people said the Cowboy’s couldn’t get any worse on defense last year, little did they know what was to come!