I think I have found the most common denominator betweent the last 10+ years of Dallas playoff losses, and it will surprise you. After looking at the records and head coaches over the past decade, and other data I discovered the single common factor of all of the teams was Jerry Jones as the owner and GM.
Another aspect of my reasoning is the curious fact that he also owns the Arena League Dallas Desperados who also lost at home in the Divisional Playoff game against the Columbus Destroyers, a wildcard team, after a record 15-1 season clinching home-field advantage and the number one seed in the National Conference East. Hhm, sounds amazingly familiar, doesn’t it?
Now I know that it would appear on the surface that he is determined to build a Super Bowl winner here in Dallas, but I’ll also put forth the evidence that he attempted to sell the Desperados after the 2006 season in which they went 13-3 and won the Divisional Championship but lost the National Conference Championship game. The reason he would do this you might ask, simple, the team was at its peak value.
Contributing to this reasoning is also the fact that since the departure of Switzer in ’96 and their last Super Bowl victory, no other coach has led the Cowboys to a playoff win regardless of the style or personality of said coach. For example, Gailey took the ‘Boys to two playoff games and was a disciplanarian-type coach, but lost, as did Parcells twice. Whereas Campo, a “players coach” didn’t get to the playoffs and now Phillips, also a “players coach” has lost his first with the Cowboys and fourth overall.
Factor in the talent level of these teams over the past decade or so, and some were mediocre to good, but this year’s team was by far the most talented team since that Super Bowl team of â€˜95. That leaves only one common denominator throughout all of this – Jerry Jones as owner/GM.
The only other thing I can possibly think of to prove this would be to make some kind of link between Jones and the Dallas Mavericks, who also had the number one seed last year going into the NBA playoffs, but lost in the first round to the Golden State Warriors. I’m quite sure that he and Mark Cuban must have at least had lunch together sometime.
Oh, by the way, this is all in jest. Of course Jones isn’t the reason for the losses but I’ll be darned if I can figure out what really is. If anyone can, please let me know.