Troy Aikman: ‘Unusual’ that the Cowboys don’t have a philosophy


With the Seattle Seahawks looking poised to establish themselves as an NFC dynasty, Dallas Cowboys fans are left to wonder when they’ll taste post season success again. Former Cowboys and Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman thinks it is unusual that the Cowboys don’t have a philosophy the organization is being structured around.

“I think with winning organizations there are processes that are in place and there is a way to do things, a philosophy, a belief that you have and everything is built around that,” Aikman said, via the Dallas Morning News. “If you take Seattle for instance, if you say ‘hey, what is their philosophy,’ you kind of know what that is. They’re going to play great defense, they’re going to run the football and they draft players who fit the mold of what they’re looking for. I don’t know that the Cowboys…

“The Cowboys tend to change their beliefs each year on what it is they need or what they’re about.  I find that to be somewhat unusual for a club that has been owned by the same owner for however long it’s been.”

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  • Earl Robertson

    Sad times at Jerry World High

  • SmartThinking

    Your article pinpoints the most critical flaw with the entire Cowboys organization, from the tippy top to the very bottom. Nowhere is there any firm grip on what this team is supposed to be about. The players don’t know because the coaches don’t know. The coaches don’t know because the owner/GM hasn’t got the first idea what he’s doing.

    Jones changes coaches at the drop of a hat. He alters the responsibilities of his coaches so often nobody has a sense that their philosophies are relevant or that they can make a contribution for fear of pissing the guy off and losing their job.

    Landry’s teams knew who they were. Johnson’s teams knew who they were. Not since then has this organization had an idea who it wanted to be or how it’s getting there … and that’s the fault of management.

    Some of us older football fans, like me, have watched football dynasties get built and dominate for years. We’ve observed how those teams’s coaches and GM’s took the team by the hand and said, ” this is what we’re gonna do. Let them try and stop us.”

    This current version of the Dallas Cowboys football organization is a rudderless ship manned by a crew of men who receive no orders. As we’ve seen for the past decade, at least, the result is chaos and disaster.

    • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

      Good reply. I have said for a while that unless the coaching carousel stops the Cowboys have no chance for consistency. Yet every year coaches come and go at the whim of Jerry Jones. Garrett and a lot of other coaches will probably be gone at the end of 2014 and the carousel will continue. It is almost laughable.

  • ed mount olive

    If Dez carried on like Sherman , Romo played like Peyton and Garrett coached like Fox , we would never hear the end of it