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Dallas Cowboys, the day they became history

Posted on: September 8, 2008 8:53 am
Edited on: September 9, 2008 7:28 pm
 
The year was 1964, the Dallas Cowboys had been in the league for only fours years, They had not had a winning year yet. The owner of the Cowboys had hired a defensive coach to be the first head coach in Cowboys history. After yet another losing year in 1963 Clint Murchison made a decision that to this day can be traced back to the defining moment in Dallas Cowboys history. He gave the head coach of the team a ten year contract extension. In the next ten years the Cowboys went on to win a Super Bowl and the NFC championship twice. He was named coach of the year three times in those ten years. This however is not the most notable of his achievements. Tom Landry, Cowboys head coach, invented the Flex Defense, a hybrid of the 4-3 defense he had also invented. This changed the game of football forever, not only cementing Ton Landry's legacy in Cowboys history but in the history of the NFL. He was the First football guru or genius or whatever todays hot new word would be for coaching greatness and still is one of the winningest coaches in professional football history. That is why 1964 was the day that changed history for the Dallas Cowboys and the National Football league. Everything todays great coaches know about defense starts and ends with the great Tom Landry.

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Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2008 7:32 pm
 

Dallas Cowboys, the day they became history

Cowboycat thank you for stopping by. Tom Landry just does not get the credit he should.




Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2008 7:25 pm
 

Dallas Cowboys, the day they became history

Great blog!!  That is so true, the NFL can attribute so much to Tom Landry.  The Cowboys wouldn't be America's Team if not for him.  The Cowboys were highly respected the whole time he was the coach.  Not many owners today would crawl out on that limb and give a losing coach of 4 years a 10 year extension!  Shows you how much times have changed.



Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2008 12:41 pm
 

Dallas Cowboys, the day they became history

Agreed H, however the blog is really about the Dallas Cowboys and there defining moment. So any thoughts on the legendary Tom Landry and the infancy of the team is also welcome.




Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2008 12:39 pm
 

Dallas Cowboys, the day they became history

Amen!  No different than the vast majority of coaches in Kids sports.  Professional Owners and Gm's have the money to buy their own team and try to relive their own Non-Sports life through their team.  Like the dads coaching little league who never played themselves but you would think they were Derek Jeter in their younger days. 



Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2008 12:16 pm
 

Dallas Cowboys, the day they became history

Good point Jonny J. That seems to be a trend with more than just owners these days.



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Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2008 12:13 pm
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Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2008 11:59 am
 

Dallas Cowboys, the day they became history

Bizona you need to go to a Cowboys game in Texas. I have taken my sons a few times and they had a wonderful time. The seats we had were all Cowboys fans as well and they took to my kids like the Cowboys family does. Eight years in a row I took them and would not have traded that for anything. Now one is a Patriots fan and one a Titans fan. Why I taught them to be free thinkers I will never know.




Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2008 11:54 am
 

Dallas Cowboys, the day they became history

sadur, good luck with that.  You'd probably get a blank stare from most of them who would not be able to grasp the concept of "not being able to afford something."  lol

I don't have kids but, to be honest, if I did, an NFL game would be one of the last places I'd ever take them.  I've been to three Patriots games.....2 just for the sake of it and once because they were playing the Cowboys (the only time I've ever seen the 'Boys, they got shutout 12-0).  They were the most kid-unfriendly places I can imagine.  Bunch of drunk middle-aged men acting like overgrown college frat boys with no consideration or respect for anyone around them.  The baseball games (with the exception of Sox-Yanks games), basketball games, NASCAR races and even hockey games I've been to are much more civil and  kid-friendly.




Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2008 11:07 am
 

Dallas Cowboys, the day they became history

Bizona I think you hit the nail on the head. Now f we could convince the owners that the working man would like to be able to afford to take the family to a game.




Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2008 10:57 am
 

Dallas Cowboys, the day they became history

Nice blog post sadur.  To touch upon what you and and Yank have talked about, it seems many of today's owners think they're playing a high-stakes game of fantasy football.  They should just hire the right people for the various jobs in their organization and then let them do their jobs.  Yeah, they've got the money and they own the team, but that doesn't mean they know anything about football!


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