Troy Aikman doesn’t sound terribly optimistic about the Dallas Cowboys’ future.
As Richie Whitt reminded us earlier, Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of the Cowboys’ last Super Bowl appearance, which ended with a 27-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers for the team’s fifth Lombardi Trophy, and third in four years. Since then, the team hasn’t even played in a conference championship game—though they came close last year—which has caused some to wonder, could it be another 20 years before the next Cowboys’ Super Bowl appearance?
Aikman was asked that question in an appearance with the Musers on 1310-AM The Ticket, and in his response, he laid out a fairly dire assessment of the franchise.
"I don't know," Aikman said, via the Dallas Morning News. "This team, for 20 years, really has been so inconsistent. And unless practices change, I don't see that changing any time soon. You look back at last year and 12-4 and get excited about that, but was 12-4 really what this team is or is 8-8? I don't think 4-12 is this year because of the injuries that occurred.
"But you've got to do it more than once every seven or eight years before you can say, 'Hey, the things that we're doing are really paying off.' It's been a long history of frustration and up-and-down years, and, for the most part, disappointment. And I think you've got to be able to look back on something and say, 'OK, we're building something here and these things that we do pay off,' but I haven't seen that, so I don't anticipate any time soon anything being any different from what we've seen the last 20 years."
Ouch, Troy. Ouch.