Texas Stadium had it's own rough beginnings...but let's get a glimpse of say, '71:
~ Roger Staubach was name MVP even though he completed only 12 passes
Duane Thomas probably deserved the MVP, with 95 yards and a TD,
but Organizers feared that he wouldn't participate in post game ceremonies
~ Already a family man, Roger traded the sports car reward, for a station wagon
~ Until the midseason point, Tom Landry couldn't decide upon starting Craig Morton or Roger Staubach
~ Nine Hall of Famers were on that team: Bob Lilly, Roger Staubach, Bob Hayes, Mel Renfro, Rayfield Wright, Mike Ditka, Lance Alworth, Herb Adderley and Forrest Gregg. (Both Adderley and Gregg came off of Super Bowl Packer teams)
~ Lance Alworth, 'Bambi,' scored a touchdown on a play that he suggested to Tom Landry along the sidelines. It had not been used as a goalline play the entire season.
~ Roger Staubach only called a single audible the entire game. A play was designed to go right, and Staubach pitched left to Duane Thomas who went wide and scored.
~ Richard Nixon, an unabashed fan of the Redskins (and anyone who played Dallas) had sent a week before a play call to Miami - a slant to Paul Warfield.
~ Former President Lyndon Johnson, a Cowboys fan, sent Tom Landry a telegram the week before - 'My prayers will be with you in New Orleans...although I do not plan to send in any plays.'
~ You've probably heard Walt Garrison's response to the question: 'Did you ever see Coach Landry smile? 'No, but I only played for him nine years.' The rest of that reply was: 'but I know that he has three kids, so he's smiled at least three times.'
*taken from article by Kristi Scales in Star Magazine, edition for Jan 28, '12
Perspective can be gained even today and looking forward through the now as well....
There's no right way to do the wrong thing.
To compete for the playoffs, Dallas has to improve here: Only four sacks against Eli Manning over the past six games!