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September 30, 1996 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 4, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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September 18, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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January 24, 1996 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
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March 30, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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June 20, 1989 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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September 25, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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March 31, 1994 | by Paul Domowitch, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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May 17, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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December 14, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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December 19, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
COWBOYS OWNER Jerry Jones may have lost his mind. How else can you explain the comments he made on Dallas' 105.3 The Fan yesterday? Jones started to answer a question about whether he pays attention to what's happening with the Redskins, who are owned by his friend Dan Snyder. Before long, he had segued into his own little "Twilight Zone" episode. "Barry Switzer, our coach, used to tell the team, 'I'm your wagon master, we're back in the covered wagon days, we're going to California,' " Jones said.
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August 12, 2013 | By Ed Rendell, Daily News Columnist
PRESEASON GAMES are usually the best cure for insomnia known to man. They are about as exciting to watch as congressional hearings on C-Span (which are more readily available and work almost as well - I have to admit that I have actually fallen asleep watching myself testifying). But this year is different for Eagles fans, because we are fascinated by the prospect of getting our first look at Chip Kelly's read-option offense and 3-4 defense. Which quarterback will run it best? Will Trent Cole and Brandon Graham be able to convert to linebacker?
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January 10, 1998 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This article contains information from the Associated Press
Barry Switzer yesterday finally concurred with what his many detractors had been saying and resigned as coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Agreeing in a statement that the Cowboys, 6-10 this season and out of the playoffs for the first time in seven years, needed a "fresh start," Switzer stepped down instead of waiting to be fired by team owner Jerry Jones. Jones, who said he had mulled over the team's future for the last three weeks, indicated that Switzer would have been fired had he not quit.
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December 22, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
The embattled Barry Switzer left open the possibility that he will retire as coach of the Dallas Cowboys. "I don't know whether I'd want to be coach next season," a disgusted Switzer said after the Cowboys capped their worst season since 1989 with a dreary 20-7 loss yesterday to the New York Giants at a half-full Texas Stadium. Switzer, 60, whose team finished 6-10 in his fourth season since replacing Jimmy Johnson in March 1994, confirmed he has had recent discussions with owner Jerry Jones about a different role within the Cowboys organization.
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December 17, 1997 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Barry Switzer isn't blaming himself for the Dallas Cowboys' failed season. "I did as good a job as when we won the Super Bowl, probably a little bit better, considering some of the younger players," he said yesterday. Dallas has won three Super Bowls in the 1990s, including one in Switzer's second season as coach, 1995. This season, a combination of injuries, age and undisciplined play has led to a 6-9 record, putting Switzer's job in jeopardy. Owner Jerry Jones has steadfastly refused to say whether Switzer and his assistants will be back.
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December 16, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Troy Aikman's future with the Dallas Cowboys is certain even if Barry Switzer's isn't. Aikman, not a big backer of his head coach, said yesterday he'll return next season as the Dallas Cowboys' quarterback. In the Valley Ranch rumor mill, this was another sign that Switzer might not return because he doesn't teach the discipline Aikman believes is necessary to win. With a 31-24 loss Sunday to Cincinnati, the mistake-plagued Cowboys are 6-9 and out of the playoffs for the first time since 1990.
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December 3, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer, who was arrested last summer carrying a loaded pistol in his luggage at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge yesterday in Fort Worth. Switzer was fined $3,500 and was given deferred adjudication, meaning if he completes probation successfully the charge will be erased from his record. He also agreed in a plea agreement to serve 80 hours of public service as a condition of his probation. Carrying a handgun without a permit is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
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November 12, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer says he thinks defensive tackle Leon Lett will be an impact player when he returns from his one-year suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Lett, who has met with league officials and filed for reinstatement, is expected to return for the Cowboys' Monday night game against Carolina on Dec. 8. "I haven't seen him in 10 months, but I understand he's in good shape and plays a lot of basketball," Switzer said. "I think he'd step in and be a force right away.
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October 6, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Still fuming at what he had just witnessed, Barry Switzer dispensed with the usual coaching pleasantries. The host New York Giants weren't going to get much credit from the Dallas coach for upending his reeling team, 20-17, in an NFC East matchup. The Cowboys were going to get all the blame. "We beat ourselves," Switzer said, almost spitting his words. "The better team got their butts beat today because it made too many mistakes. " Switzer's "better team" committed 11 penalties for 119 yards, watched quarterback Troy Aikman throw two huge interceptions and sputtered once again inside the opponent's 20-yard line.
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August 31, 1997 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Seth Joyner of the Green Bay Packers won't play against the Chicago Bears tomorrow night because of a sore left knee. Joyner, a former Eagle who played the last three years for Arizona, had an arthroscopic exam yesterday, but the results won't be known until today at the earliest. Although Joyner had failed to earn a starting job after joining the Packers on July 18, coach Mike Holmgren and defensive coordinator Fritz Shurmur said last week that he would play in various defensive packages and on special teams against the Bears.
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