The Dallas Cowboys have gone 8-8 in each of the past two seasons. In both of these seasons, they’ve been in the running for the division crown and a playoff berth all the way down to Week 17, before losing to division rivals (the Giants in 2011 and the Redskins in 2012) and going home for a long offseason.
Former head coach Barry Switzer knows a thing or two about the pressure put on the Cowboys, and he knows well that average won’t cut it here in Dallas.
“We all get excited this time of the year because we haven’t seen them play yet,” Switzer told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Tuesday. “If they stay healthy, they’ll probably be as good as they have been--they’ve been average--but they need to be more than average. Have they gotten any skilled players to help them out--receivers, running backs--that make a difference? I don’t know.”
Switzer, of course, replaced Jimmy Johnson before the 1994 season and stayed through 1997, winning Super Bowl XXX in 1995. He finished his NFL career with a 45-26 record.
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