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There is no viable comparison.
Even the guy who tried to compare it from ESPN admitted that the QB and the defense were not comparable.
So throwing out those two huge variables it's the same team, lol.
That team was steadily becoming great game by game. They had three young starters who were becoming the best, or top three, at their respective positions in the game.
They also had a new owner and a coach who came from college.
This current team has been up and down over the last three seasons. Their brain trust has been at this for a long time now.
Just look to their peers.
In 1992 people, meaning the NFL world, had a sense the Cowboys were stumblng upon something that could become a dynasty.
When the 2010 NFL season begins the rest of the NFL won't be feeling this way about the Cowboys.
And nor should they.
I agree to some extent and disagree to another.
Number one as I recall many at that time thought Dallas might still be a year or two away (Michael Irvin even mentions that fact on the Americas Game DVD for the 1992 season) because there were still some questions about Troy Aikman. Some big ones actually.
1. Could he stay healthy for a full season
2. Was he going to get to the point where they hoped he would with consistent play
3. Would he ever win a playoff game, let alone a Superbowl
People were still wondering if he would stay healthy long enough to lead a team all the way to the Superbowl because, as you'll recall, the run they went on to get into the playoffs in 1991 was without Troy Aikman on the field. That fueled some folks to wonder about Aikman at the time.
The other thing about that same run, that raised questions, was that with Troy in there in 1991 I believe the Cowboys were 6-5, prior to his injury, and then with Steve went on that 5 game run to finish 11-5. I believe thats how it shook out that year, my memory is some what fuzzy on how many Steve won in a row as a starter but I was pretty sure it was 4 or 5 in a row to get into the playoffs.
Then of course that doesn't even account for the fact that the playoff game we won was with Steve starting and not Troy. So it's not like the whole NFL was sitting there saying "Wow these guys just might start kicking people's butts now" cause there were still plenty of questions about our most key position.
I do agree that the teams are certainly not he same, by any means, but there is some interesting parallels that could be discussed and wondered about.
To me one of the biggest reasons it doesn't fit exactly isn't about the 1992 team and what they had at all. I'd say, right now, that there are less questions about Romo going into 2010 then there were about Troy going into 1992.
Now I'm not talking about questions about physical talent cause everyone could see that Troy Aikman was no doubt talented, even in his struggles, and physically he's far superior gifted to Romo and always will be. He clearly had the more accurate passing ability as well. He's probably the most accurate passer I've ever seen. Just brililant in that way.
But the question they had on Troy going into that 1992 season you don't have about Romo here.
1. Will he stay healthy? Romo doesn't have to worry about that question cause he's already proven to be darn durable at this point as the starter. Doesn't mean he can't, or won't, get hurt but that won't be a topic of discussion or concern.
2. Will he continue to improve and be consistent in his play through out the season? Romo has proven over the last few years as the starter that he indeed will improve and can consistently be one of the better QBs in the league from week to week. So he's got that behind him.
3. Will he win in the playoffs? He's already done it. Romo has a playoff win under his belt. At that point, in comparing the two different eras and such, Troy did not.
Aikman came through in 1992 in spectacular fashion. Answered all the questions and put to rest any doubt about himself.
Now we need Romo to come through with the same spectacular fashion, and for Romo there won't be the same kind of pressure on him cause he's answered many of his questions, now the pressure for him will be going further in the playoffs.
People won't be talking about Romo getting his first playoff win anymore. Now it's going to be about getting multiple wins. For Troy he was still seeking number one.
At the end of the day, however, it doesn't matter either way cause even if Dallas goes on and wins the Superbowl this year the likely hood, with the way the NFL is now, that it will bring about another 3 Superbowls in 4 year span, or some dynasty like that, aren't real favorable.
But there are some interesting parallels between those seasons.