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3 best Dallas Cowboys head coaches of all time


Best Cowboys head coaches at this point

By: Jeremy Trottier

The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most storied franchises of all time, and with that, they have had some of the best head coaches in NFL history.  Some were great for their success, others for their ability to develop players at an extremely high rate, and others for their impact on the game itself.  In this article, I will cover the top 3 Cowboys head coaches in their history, as well as why I believe they belong on this list. 

#1: Tom Landry: 1960-1988

It is extremely hard to debate Tom Landry being at the top of the list for Dallas Cowboys head coaches.  A 2-time Super Bowl winner, NFL coach of the year, Ring of Honor recipient for Dallas, most career wins by a head coach in Dallas Cowboys history, 20 straight winning seasons, 5 NFC titles, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction, and a 270-178-6 record.  There is essentially nothing Landry could have done more to add to his legacy as a head coach, bringing the Cowboys to 10 NFC Championship Games in a 13-year span is enough, but his legacy and his impact on the game will always be remembered, as one of the first legendary coaches in Cowboys history. 

#2: Jimmy Johnson: 1989-1993

The next legend in Cowboys head coaching history is Jimmy Johnson, who despite a short 5-year tenure, won back-to-back Super Bowls with the Cowboys, won AP coach of the year in 1990, and has been inducted into both the Pro Football and College Football Hall of Fames.  Despite an early struggle in his first season with the team, finishing 1-15, he would progress the team the next two seasons up until 1992 when he brought the Cowboys their first Super Bowl win since 1977.  He will always be remembered as one of 6 NFL head coaches to coach their team to consecutive Super Bowl titles, and one of 3 to win a National Championship and SB as a head coach.   

#3: Barry Switzer: 1994-1997

One of the other 2 head coaches to win a Super Bowl title and a National Championship, we have Barry Switzer.  Despite not being an exceptionally long tenured head coach comparatively to Tom Landry, Switzer was an exceptional facilitator of talent and was able to bring this team another championship, one way or another.  He was also able to bring the Cowboys to the playoffs in 3 of his 4 head coaching years, and only had one losing season with the team.  Overall, he was a very good coach, who was able to gather another ring for the cabinet for Dallas. 

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