Pulled out the 96 season playoffs from the archives yesterday and sharpened up my memory on a few things. This team has a long ways to go to simply match the level of play of our crippled 96 team that lost in the divisional round of the playoffs. Remember what good QBing looked like in Dallas? Go watch some old film of Aikman. OMG he was good. He made ridiculously precise passes that had no business being thrown much less completed. Thanks to Eric Bjornson, many of them weren't. Oh, yeah. In 96 Aikman still had VERY good mobility. I never was a huge Switzer fan but he is not the reason we lost in 96. We were incredibly snake-bit injury wise though some absences were certainly self-inflicted (Lett, Irvin, Carver) . Haley, out with back surgery. Carver missed early games, Lett late games due to substance violations. Pup was coming back from achilles rupture. Irvin missed 5 games to suspension early and broke the clavicle early in the Carolina playoff game. Novacek watched the whole season from the sideline trying to heal his back. Emmitt was hobbled all year by pain in the ankles. Even hobbled, wow, he's not the all-time rush king for no reason. Brock Marion was hurt (don't recall what) - replaced by Teague. Herschel was Emmitt's backup that year and a key return man. I LOVED having that additional weapon. Larry Allen used to get into the 2nd level of the D to throw another block after clearing the opposing lineman first. George Teague vs Vikes in PO's. Now THAT is ball-hawking. Were there ever better ST's than what Avezzanno fielded in the early to mid 90's? Whoa! Aikman to Irvin - Wow! If you haven't watched it recently, pull out a tape. Watch Chris Boniol kick to remember what a steady unspectacular kicking game looks like. Definition of role player = Kelvin Martin. Definition of Greatness = Cowboys of the early to mid-90's.