Dallas Cowboys’ Integrity – A Return to Fundamentals for 1975
If you want to find out what a person is made of, put them under pressure. What’s inside will come out.
The ending of the 1974 season found the Dallas Cowboys in an unusual situation. For the first time in eight seasons, the Cowboys were left home for the NFL Playoffs.
As an organization, this was unacceptable. Organizational ebb and flow was considered normal within NFL team ranks, but was simply not part of the Dallas Cowboys’ model for General Manager Tex Schramm and Head Coach Tom Landry.
It’s in times like these that a person’s integrity is made known. So, Tom Landry returned to the practices that had previously lifted the Cowboys to such lofty professional heights from humble beginnings and upon which Tex Schramm depended.
It was also this professional confidence in his integral knowledge of the game that allowed Tom Landry to make what, at the time was considered to be, both unconventional and unprofessional changes in the offense.
Starting immediately upon the end of the 1974 season and based on the brainstorming of Schramm,
Landry and Gil Brandt, intense work was initiated and fulfilled through the spring workouts and the end of Training Camp to implement a new course for the Cowboys. The result was a new Crop of Rookies calling themselves “The Dirty Dozen,” a new offensive philosophy, a new attitude and, eventually, a new path that led to Super Bowl X, all guided by the integrity of Tom Landry.
If not for the unexpected failure of 1974, who knows if the unexpected surprises of 1975 would have materialized. We are glad they did.