Originally Posted by kartr
Think about what you just said, the Cowboys under Turner didn't do anything fancy on offense, their talent allowed them to dominate, read OL. Aikman needed to grow in Gailey's system. Aikman didn't want to learn anthing different and Gailey didn't know how coach offense anyway. His claim to fame was the Kordell Stewart led Pittsburgh offense.
kartr, we will agree to disagree on this one. To kind of parrot Alexander, either you have a bad memory or I'm imagining the 1998
Not only was everyone and their brother singing Gailey's praises for making folks run laps in camp and practices for pre-snap penalites, as well as other disciplinary measures that were a far cry from Switzer's last couple of seasons, but all the way through Thanksgiving they were marveling at how diverse the offense was. Remember that Gailey was running everything from options with Ernie Mills and Emmitt Smith that were succeeding to 5 WR sets that had a lot of teams off balance. Heck, we hung with Minnesota pretty good that Turkey Day, and Troy threw for 455, the very same guy who was so "uncomfortable" in the system.
In my opinion, Gailey's tenure is a tale between a 20 1/4 game stretch and a 13 3/4 game stretch. In '98 they were pretty well improved on offense, even with Billy Davis at WR, Aikman out for almost 6 games, and even Kiselak stepping in at center when Donaldson was hurt. The first 3 games of '99 they were spectacular on offense with the addition of Ismail.
You asked earlier if Irvin's injury could have made that much of a difference. It wasn't just Irvin. It was McKnight going down in a July scrimmage that year and therefore being unavailable when Michael went down; it was also Mills and McGarity going down, and even LaFleur starting to experience the beginning of his back problems. They all affected the playcalling and offensive philosophy, and Jason Tucker had a penchant for making a solid play one minute and making Aikman and Gailey look bad the next.
Chan was certainly not infallible, and he did fall into a playcalling rut from time to time, but I feel he was easily the best of the three between himself, Campo, and Switzer.