The only reason Landry had not gotten rid of the dead wood was because there was nothing to replace them with. He had the beginning of a core of new talent (Tui, Nate, Irvin, a few others) Bill Bates, Jeffcoat, Tolbert. There is little doubt that Landry would have drafted Aikman. But there was a lot of nothing there otherwise- why do you think the boys went 1-15 in 89? Landry was quite aware that he needed to clean house- and I think he would have started in 89 if he had not been fired. He never hesitated to cut people before- but usually only when he had someone to replace them with. In 74 and 75 he virtually rebuilt the team- BUT he had a couple of top drafts and was able to do it. What really got him in the end was that Brandt and the scouts really were lousy for the last half of the 80's.