Troy Aikman, the Hall of Fame Cowboys quarterback turned TV announcer, says that when he called the Super Bowl on Sunday, he saw a Seahawks team that won a championship by developing a plan and sticking with it.
When Aikman looks at his former team, he sees neither the plan nor the consistency to stick with one way of doing things.
Aikman told the Dallas Morning News that the contrast between the Seahawks and the Cowboys is significant, and illustrative of the difference between a team that wins a championship and a team that’s mired in mediocrity.
“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. “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.”
Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones has owned the Cowboys for a quarter of a century, which ought to provide some stability to the franchise. Unfortunately, the only consistent thing in Dallas is an 8-8 record, which the Cowboys have now had three years in a row.