I never considered the core elite during that time period. What is frustrating is during this time Dallas had a really good QB in his prime that they found by accident/ luck/good fortune/ smart scouting and a defensive player at a prime position who may have been in the top 5 of all defensive players. It could be 20 years until we find that again. You would think with a really good QB in his prime and maybe the best defender in the game that this team could plug holes and win more than one playoff game instead we are stuck in 8-8 purgatory. Unfortunately it looks like all we will have to show is one playoff victory despite having found two of the most important positions in the game and see both of these players during their prime.