Cowboys Poised to Land a Coach with Six Super Bowl Rings

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On December 16, 1989 the Dallas Cowboys were -- according to their head coach, Jimmy Johnson -- a laughably weak team. After watching his offensive line and running backs fail to score four times from the 1-yard line late in an ugly 15-0 loss to the New York Giants in The Meadowlands, Johnson fumed after the game that his team needed to get mentally and, especially, physically stronger.

Johnson's solution: He fired long-time strength coach Bob Ward, a guy who grew up with the Cowboys under Tom Landry. And, on a recommendation from fullback Daryl Johnston, hired Mike Woicik.

Six Super Bowl rings later, Woicik is poised to return to Valley Ranch as the Cowboys' strength and conditioning coach.

Woicik won three rings in Dallas and the Cowboys went 89-38 with 12 playoff wins under his program. After a stint with the Saints, he then won another three championships with the New England Patriots, making him the NFL's only "coach" with six rings.

Woicik is a beast, one of those Neanderthal types who bids hello and goodbye with only a low, primal grunt. Johnston -- who developed under Woicik at Syracuse -- and Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith and Darren Woodson swear by him.

While current strength coach Joe Juraszek was friendly and affable, I have to admit that the Cowboys may have gotten better at one position this off-season.

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East Texas P1
East Texas P1

Isn't this the same guy that Michael Irvin praised to the heavens during his HOF induction speech. I saved that video from NFL.com but not sure how to post it here (if it can be posted in comments).

If not, maybe I can send it to Richie and he can make it part of a column and post it.

Rooster
Rooster

Maybe we can bring back Norv Turner and Dave Wannstedt, also. Nothing like getting the band back together.

P1Steven
P1Steven

In addition, why would Woicik have any say in The Cowboys game strategy? Thats Ballsy...

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Can they get a mental conditioning coach? Alot of their problems would be solved if they had smarter players.

P1Steven
P1Steven

How many games have the Cowboys been in, and then the opposing team's RB blows up in the 4rth quarter?

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

is this a rhetorical question or do you know how many? I think a lot of that has to do with the heart of the linebackers and safeties. I've never thought Bradie had a lot of heart or made the type of plays that you'd say "wow, that is one bad motherf***er right there". He seems like the nicest linebacker in the league. The kind of guy if I was a running back that I'd want to go against. Well, make that him and Bobby Carpenter.

P1Steven
P1Steven

I just didnt know the answer, but it seems like over the past several years games were lost due to a RB just tearing it up in the fourth. The seattle playoff game sticks out. The last eagles game of this year does as well. I too agree about Bradie.. he is good,(as in good that he gets tackles after a 4yrd gain), but no bad ass.

P1Steven
P1Steven

The final game at Texas Stadium... last time I drowned my sorrows after a bad loss. Had cheap tequilla & woke up on bathroom floor.

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

Yep, how about the 77- and 80-yard runs by Ravens' RBs in the fourth quarter of the finale at Texas Stadium?

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