The Campo Years

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  1. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    The offense we had through the first three weeks of the 1999 season was on a pace to shatter records. Ismail along with Irvin was extremely potent. To state Irvin was on his last legs is ridiculous.
  2. Bungarian

    Bungarian Butt Monkey

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    Crap.......... now I'm blind.
  4. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    That was indeed a low blow.

    The roster is a reflection of the evaluations of the coaching staff and who they felt comfortable going into battle with. I have to say that team was perhaps the most poorly assembled one we had in recent memory. From the offensive line down to the absolutely deplorable secondary (remember, DBs were Campo's speciality), we had some terrible players on our team. And that isn't all because of poor drafting.
  5. Funxva

    Funxva Inventor of the Whizzinator

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    Wow, are the only ones left from that list Roy, Ellis, and Flo?

    Good Lord that's a lot of pinkslips.
  6. jcblanco22

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    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 season differently.

    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.

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