Ripple effects of a Cowboys Super Bowl 54 victory: Legends created and hatred fueled
Sporting News is picking the Cowboys to win Super Bowl 54. If Dallas does indeed come through, years of frustration will be replaced with good vibes that reverberate through the franchise and the NFL.
Should the Cowboys rise to the top of the league again in 2019 and reign supreme for the sixth time — and the first time in 24 years — here are the ripple effects that would be felt in Dallas and beyond.
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1. Jerry Jones, more hallowed Hall of Famer
Jones reached the Hall of Fame last year for his 30 previous seasons of helping the Cowboys become American sports juggernauts. After the Cowboys' Jimmy Johnson-Barry Switzer dynasty of the early 1990s, the then-irreconcilable differences between Jones and Johnson left a bad feeling. But, love him or hate him, Jones has been passionate about and persistent in turning his team into a winner again.
Jones and his son Stephen have worked to show their football operations savvy since that dynasty ended, and there have been promises of Super Bowl contention in the recent past with Bill Parcells, Wade Phillips and Jason Garrett.
A fourth ring at age 77 would cement Jones' status as one of football's five best team owners of all time.
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2. Jason Garrett, truly non-fireable
Many believe Garrett would not be going into his ninth full season as Cowboys coach if Jones did not like and trust his Princeton-education former backup QB so much.
With a 77-59 career regular-season record and only two playoff wins so far in Dallas, Garrett has survived because he is a steady, likable, classy guy who represents the organization well.
Now think about the possibility of the Cowboys winning at least three games under him in one postseason to win it all. Because everything's bigger in Texas, Garrett would immediately be put in the same legendary breath as Johnson, Switzer and Tom Landry. He also suddenly would be included in an exclusive club of active contemporaries that includes Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin, Jon Gruden, John Harbaugh, Doug Pederson, Pete Carroll and Sean Payton.
Garrett turned 53 in March, so time is on his side to become Dallas' first two-decade leader since Landry. And once Garrett gets a ring, Jones is likely to let him coach as long he wants.
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3. Dak Prescott, the first of his kind
Prescott has enjoyed an early-career trajectory similar to that of the Seahawks' Russell Wilson. The Cowboys QB got an unexpected chance to start right away as a non first-rounder and has run with it as a durable, productive passer playing off a strong running game and defense. Wilson got his ring in his second season and got a shot at another right away, so this is Prescott's chance to play catchup in Year 4.
A lot of attention has been paid to the new wave of talented quarterbacks. Prescott would be the first to finish on top through the playoffs. Future Hall of Famers such as Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and, yes, Wilson have been the norm in lifting the Lombardi Trophy, with hot streaks by Eli Manning, Joe Flacco and Nick Foles being the anomalies.
Prescott will take a big next step to prove he belongs in the former category.
4. Ezekiel Elliott, team player?
We're obviously picking the Cowboys to win the Super Bowl under the assumption Elliott will end his premature holdout. Should he return and deliver another big-time rushing season, he will make the leap into the Emmitt Smith-Tony Dorsett echelon of Super Bowl-winning rushing glory and leadership for the Cowboys.
He will help himself, Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper get a lot more love as the Cowboys' next great triplets.
5. Jason Witten, Super Bowl champion
Witten had a trying first year of his short-lived retirement. The future Hall of Fame tight end and beloved humanitarian became known as the anti-Tony Romo in the ESPN "Monday Night Football" broadcast booth.
Witten going back to what he does best — block, catch and lead in the locker room — and getting a ring for his efforts in Dallas would be the ultimate redemption.
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6. Kellen Moore, next young coaching candidate
The NFL's current copycat trend is the hiring of Sean McVay-like coaches. Moore has quickly risen to become the Cowboys' offensive coordinator, and he just turned 30 in July.
Should Moore have the big impact on Dallas' scoring many expect him to have, he will get some attention for head-coaching roles, a la Zac Taylor, Matt LaFleur and Kliff Kingsbury, in 2020.
7. Cowboys, hated and loved a lot more
Dallas' championship drought is not nearly as long, but with a Super Bowl, the Cowboys would tap into the kind of joy the Red Sox and Cubs experienced when those teams ended so-called curses. The bandwagon would grow, but there also would be more hatred aimed at the Cowboys, led by fans of