While I give Gil Brandt credit for his innovations in buiding and maintaining the Cowboys until 1979, with surprising draft picks and signings from tiny schools, players who became great, and great trades in the early 70's which rebooted in a hurry an aging team, starting with the 1978 draft through the 1987 draft, the Boys were among the worst drafters in football. From 78-87, only one number 1 pick was a a long time starter, DE Jim Jeffcoat, 1983 Arizona State. The talent level dropped and dropped and dropped. In 1985, I was an eyewitness to a 44-0 blowout loss to Da Bears. The talent level differntial was glaring. The Boys had no wide receiver talent. At one point thet had BIll Bates returning punts. Landry and Gil Brandt got long in the tooth and lost their ability to judge talent. They revered their strategies and decided to go to big schools for proven talent and drafted two DL college studs, Kevin Brooks from Michigan and Danny Noonan from Nebraska. Noonan started for a few years, but was mediocre at best. Brooks was a bust galore and Jimmy Johnson cut his *** in 89. I do not know how Gil Brandt has become a genius in talent evaluation in his 80's fro NFL Radio when he was done after JJ cleaned house in 1989, over 30 years ago. The saving grace of Landry/Brandt was the '88 draft with Michael Irvin and Ken Norton. When Jimmy Johnson came to Dallas, the only players he really liked were Irvin, Norton, Kelvin Martin, Hershel Walker, Doug Cosbie ( who suffered a carer ending knee in jury in 89) Tuinei and Nate Newton. Jimmy took out his broom and swept out all the lesser talent and started at rock bottom. Within a few years, Jimmy built the best team in football, the youngest ever to win teh Super Bowl. He had waves of defensive line studs. He had winners and warriors, built for along run, until his divorce from Jerry, and the NFL free agency which robbed the Boys of solid players who went on to very good to excellent years with other teams, including: Kevin Gogan, Ron Stone, Ken Norton, Brock Marion. So while I give Gil Brandt credit for all those great early years, he must also fess up to the terrible failures of 78-98 drafts, which caused die-hards like me to be depressed for over a decade. I do not know why at such an advanced age he is on the NFL Radio show.