Not just make the playoffs, but make a Super Bowl run. This is the team's best start since 1995, when they won their last Super Bowl. It has been nothing but disappointment since.
The Cowboys have not won a playoff game since 1996.
In fact, many times they have started strong and looked to have the makings of
a contender only to tail off when it mattered most.
That was especially the case the last four years under Bill Parcells.
Owner Jerry Jones thinks this team could be different because of the
laidback atmosphere fostered by new coach Wade Phillips.
The loosey-goosey Cowboys don't get down when things get tight.
"It's a good atmosphere because we believe in each other," Phillips
said. "The thing I like about the team is no matter what happens, they
keep looking forward. If the defense doesn't make a play, the offense
doesn't worry about it and vice versa. They seem to be on an even keel."
What's also different about this team is the aggressive play-calling
of offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.
Too many times under Parcells, the Cowboys grew conservative and
tight in crunch time.
"While I'm a believer in keeping it pretty reduced and I agreed with
Bill Parcells' philosophy, one of the things that was pointed out to me
was that we still probably needed more at the end of the year," Jones
said. "I'm not talking about energy or skill. I am talking about the
ability to do some things that people haven't seen before as we go into
TUESDAY NOTES: LT Flozell Adams had his best game of the season against the
Giants. He limited Osi Umenyiora to no sacks.
And it couldn't have come at a better time as Cowboys owner Jerry
Jones is not talking about a contract extension for Adams.
Adams is a free agent after the season and there were many in Cowboys
circles who thought the team might move guard Leonard Davis to tackle
and let Adams walk after the season.
--Cowboy coach Wade Phillips welcomes the three straight home games
at Texas Stadium.
Never mind that they come in the next 17 days.
The Cowboys host the Redskins Sunday, the Jets Nov. 22 and the
Packers Nov. 29.
After being on the road the last two weeks against the Eagles and
Giants -- the Cowboys have now won eight straight road games -- Phillips
said it's good to be home again.
"We feel comfortable at home," Phillips said. "Although we played
exceptionally well on the road, you still feel better at home in front
of the home crowd."
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