September 30, 1996 |
They have been the scourge of the NFL, winning the Super Bowl three times in four seasons with a flash-and-dazzle offense that averaged 33.5 points a game - in playoff competition. But the Dallas Cowboys who face the Eagles tonight at Veterans Stadium are hardly so potent these days. Injuries, drug suspensions, age and free agency have turned the quick-strike, big-play offense into 11 guys in search of a first down. The Cowboys are averaging only 16 points a game. They have scored the anemic total of 19 points in the second half, including just one field goal in four third quarters.
January 4, 1995 |
Dallas coach Barry Switzer got a big vote of confidence from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones heading into the NFL playoffs: continuance of his five-year rollover contract. Jones said "we will continue" Switzer's contract, which is set up to roll over every year. Switzer is now under contract through the 1999 season. "I'm bolstered by the prospect of long-term progress with Barry Switzer, and there's a good feeling on my part," Jones said. "I'm looking for even a better, more productive Barry Switzer in the future.
September 18, 1996 |
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, trying to dismiss rumors that Barry Switzer is in his last year as coach, insisted Switzer will be around well into the next century. The defending Super Bowl champion Cowboys have lost two of their first three games. "Barry Switzer is more vital today than he was when he got here three years ago," Jones said yesterday. "I think of Barry Switzer coaching the Cowboys 10 years from now. He is my coach and my only coach for a long time to come.
January 24, 1996 |
Barry Switzer, a determined look on that Marlboro Man face, hopped off a grandstand as confidently and quickly as a Pony Express rider dismounting. As the Cowboys coach strode toward a ragged crowd of Super Bowl inquisitors yesterday morning, a nervous club employee approached. Switzer listened attentively to the message, wrapped a reassuring arm around the young woman's shoulders and, after a brief response, sent her away smiling. He then resumed his short journey in the manner of a politician working a Labor Day barbecue - shaking hands, laughing, hugging.
March 30, 1994 |
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones contacted Barry Switzer immediately after reaching a settlement with coach Jimmy Johnson and considers the former Oklahoma coach his top candidate as Johnson's replacement, a source close to the team said. "If I was offered the job, I probably would accept it," Switzer told the Daily Oklahoman by car phone yesterday, moments after Johnson resigned as coach of the Super Bowl champions. "But it's too premature to talk about anything that would affect that opportunity.
June 20, 1989 |
The University of Oklahoma scheduled a press conference for this morning to name its new football coach, and a source close to the program told the Associated Press that a leading candidate is Gary Gibbs, the team's defensive coordinator. Gibbs, 36, has been with the Sooners since 1975 and has been defensive coordinator since 1981 under Barry Switzer, who abruptly resigned yesterday. Another possible successor is thought to be assistant head coach Merv Johnson, 53, a staff member since 1979.
September 25, 1996 |
Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer has decided ailing running back Emmitt Smith needs to be rested during games until he gets back to full strength. That means the Eagles' defense should get a look at Sherman Williams Monday night when Dallas (1-3) visits Veterans Stadium. Smith has bruised ribs and a sore neck, knee and ankle. He has averaged only 3.3 yards per carry, gained just 25 yards in his last game and is already 140 yards behind Washington's Terry Allen for the NFL rushing lead.
March 31, 1994 |
Dick Vermeil knows a little something about making the coaching jump from college to the NFL. He did it in 1976, leaving UCLA to become the Eagles' head coach. "But I had one big advantage over Barry Switzer," said Vermeil, who took the Eagles to the Super Bowl in 1980. "I had been an NFL assistant for four years (with the Rams) before going back (to college coaching). So I had a little feel for it. " Switzer, who was named the Dallas Cowboys' head coach yesterday, hasn't coached anywhere in five years.
May 17, 1994 |
Barry Switzer, speaking to the Associated Press Sports Editors convention in Austin, Texas, was stumped by a question. Asked to characterize the competition in the NFC East, the new coach of the Dallas Cowboys paused and said, "Uh, who even plays in that league?" Switzer quickly recovered with a smile and acknowledged, "All I'm doing is putting names and faces together right now. I know who plays in the Big Eight. " Switzer, who has been out of football since resigning at Oklahoma in 1989, formerly coached in the Big Eight.
December 14, 1995 |
Deion Sanders lost his usual cool in the Dallas Cowboys locker room at Valley Ranch yesterday, ripping media coverage that has been critical of coach Barry Switzer following Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Eagles. "This was a team loss and nobody should take the blame," said Sanders, who broke his monthlong code of silence by seeking out cameramen and local writers. "How can you blame Barry Switzer? A coach doesn't win or lose games. "The last coach I saw on the field was Woody Hayes.