Gotta love Drew Pearson. The former Cowboys receiver is never afraid of his own opnions. These quotes are from an interview I conducted with Pearson last week.
What do the Cowboys have to do to win consistently again?
Pearson: “Get back to the basics. The basics of running the ball. Leave all the hype and the stadium building alone and concentrate on what it’s all about - winning. It’s all predicated on how well you do on the field.
Go back to the way it was - give authority to the coach. The only time they had success was with discipline. That was the No. 1 thing both Tom Landry and Jimmy Johnson brought to the table. The players respected those head coaches because of the way he coached. That’s not there now. You don’t go into the Philly game and play the way you do and coach the way you do and play like that with discipline with all the turmoil and stuff. In the course of a season there is so much distraction and the media the way it is, you have to have discipline.
Why bring the distractions on yourself? The Cowboys bring a lot of it on themselves. If the Cowboys want to go back to the way when they won, go back and look at the tradition. Look at why they won. Pittsburgh doesn’t have to do that because they never change from how they do things. I bet that was the No. 1 thing that got Mike Tomlin the job."
Do you think today’s Cowboys appreciate the history of this franchise?
Pearson: “No I don’t. If they do, they’ve studied it and learned it on their own. I don’t think Jerry Jones preaches the tradition of the Cowboys at all. I can’t remember any former teammates telling me they’ve talked to the team to tell them about the tradition. We’re not invited to stand on the sidelines.
The Steelers invite their players back and they want their players to see their older players. But it’s the same ownership in Pittsburgh and so they always invited them back. I don’t think these Cowboys think about the tradition, and that is backed up by the way they play on the field and coaching. If they understood the tradition and they certainly wouldn’t go up to Philadelphia and play the last game of the season the way they did."
- Mac Engel