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Quotes From Dallas Cowboys Head Coaches

Updated on February 5, 2012
Dallas Cowboys Coach 1960-1988
Dallas Cowboys Coach 1960-1988

Tom Landry Quotes

Tom Landry coached the Dallas Cowboys from 1960-1988, winning two Super Bowls.  He lead the Cowboys to 20 consecutive winnings seasons, a achievement unmatched by any other professional sports team.

"A winner never stops trying."

"If you are prepared, you will be confident, and will do the job."

"Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan."

"Today, you have 100% of your life left."

"When you want to win a game, you have to teach. When you lose a game, you have to learn."

"Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve."

Dallas Cowboys Coach 1989-1993
Dallas Cowboys Coach 1989-1993

Jimmy Johnson Quotes

Jimmy Johnson coached the Dallas Cowboys from 1989-1993.  The Cowboys won back to back Super Bowls after the 1992 and 1993 seasons.

"Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?"

"Give people enough guidance to make the decisions you want them to make. Don't tell them what to do, but encourage them to do what is best."

"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra."

"The only thing worse than a coach or CEO who doesn't care about his people is one who pretends to care. People can spot a phony every time."

"Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a person as if he were where he could be and should be, and he will become what he could be and should be."

Dallas Cowboys Coach 1994-1997
Dallas Cowboys Coach 1994-1997

Barry Switzer Quotes

Barry Switzer coached the Dallas Cowboys from 1994-1997, winning Super Bowl XXX after the 1995 season.

“Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.”

“The key to his success? He's just faster than the guys who are chasing him.”

“The one thing I wonder about is that those three guys in the review box. I know that all of them have prostate problems, because all three of them had to go to the bathroom at the same time and miss Vince Young putting his knee on the ground.”

“In pro football you're a number. If you don't play well, you're gone and no one cares. But in college, coaches recruit young men and ask them to become a part of their family and help you become a productive citizen for the next 30, 40, 50 years of your life. Your coaches help you develop into something you can be proud of and they are there for life.”

Dallas Cowboys Coach 2003-2006
Dallas Cowboys Coach 2003-2006

Bill Parcells Quotes

Bill Parcells coached the Dallas Cowboys from 2003-2006. He took over a team that had three consecutive 5-11 seasons and returned the Cowboys to the playoffs.

"Don't worry about it. It's just a bunch of guys with an odd-shaped ball."

"I like linebackers. I collect 'em. You can't have too many good ones."

"My entire life has been spent thinking about this game. That's pretty narrow... I don't view myself as a person who's well-versed in very many subjects. I'm not proud of that."

"No matter how much you've won, no matter how many games, no matter how many championships, no matter how many Super Bowls, you're not winning now, so you stink."

"Success is never final, but failure can be."

"When you don't know that you don't know, it's a lot different than when you do know that you don't know."

“I had an Italian mother. She didn't view what I was doing as really a profession. She viewed it as recreation. I said, "Gee Mom, I'm going to be the head coach of the New York Giants." And she said to me, "When are you going to get a real job like your brother the banker?"”


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      Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


      This is an awesome hub and I really enjoyed the quotes from past Cowboy coaches. Jimmy Johnson was one of the most colorful of the Dallas head coaches. I'll always remember a clip where he was giving a pep talk to motivate his teams. I enjoyed the Redskin and Cowboy rivalry in the early 80s and the Packer-Cowboy rivalry in the 1990s. Even when the Packers had Favre and those great teams 95-97, Dallas was a tough game for Green Bay. Did you know that Tony Romo went to the same high school as me, and we both played on the same gridiron but 35-40 years apart? Do you think he is really worth all of the money the Cowboys are paying him? Voted up and sharing with followers.

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      Shawn Scarborough 6 years ago from The Lone Star State

      Thank you to all who left comments.

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      yelcome 6 years ago

      awesome go cowboys

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      mtsi1098 6 years ago

      great quotes from some great coaches (we except Switzer, anyone could have that team in 1995). As a cowboy fan I see I have some reading to do :)

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      wsupaul88 7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I really enjoyed the list! thanks and great hub!

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      Abecedarian 7 years ago from These United States, Texas

      Love it. I'm a Cowboys fan.. win or lose.