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1994 Dallas Cowboys season


The 1994 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 35th season in the National Football League. Following their second consecutive Super Bowl title, the Cowboys would see a multitude of changes. In March, months of setbacks finally reached its climax as team owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jimmy Johnson held a press conference and announced Johnson's resignation.

1994 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coachBarry Switzer
Home fieldTexas Stadium
Results
Record12–4
Division place1st NFC East
Playoff finishWon NFC Divisional Playoff (Packers) 35–9
Lost NFC Championship Game (at 49ers) 28–38

After a continuous run of dominance in the regular season and finishing with a record of 12–4, the Cowboys fell short of a record third straight Super Bowl title with a loss to the 49ers in the NFC Championship game. The 1994 Cowboys draft yielded only one notable addition to the team, offensive guard Larry Allen and veteran linebacker Ken Norton Jr. left the team to sign with San Francisco.

This season was also the 75th anniversary of the NFL and was designated by a diamond-shaped patch worn on the left breast of every NFL team's uniform. The Cowboys celebrated the league's history by donning their inaugural white jerseys from the 1960–1963 seasons against the Detroit Lions. The team also later debuted a special white "Double-Star" jersey on Thanksgiving Day 1994. These uniforms celebrated the Cowboys' most recent back-to-back Super Bowl titles in the 1992 and 1993 seasons and were used in most of the Cowboys' remaining games of the season, including the playoffs.

OffseasonEdit

NFL draftEdit

1994 Dallas Cowboys draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 23 Shante Carver  Defensive end Arizona State
2 46 Larry Allen   Guard Sonoma State
3 102 George Hegamin  Tackle NC State
4 109 Willie Jackson  Wide Receiver Florida
4 131 DeWayne Dotson  Linebacker Ole Miss
6 191 Darren Studstill  Safety West Virginia
7 216 Toddrick McIntosh  Defensive end Florida State
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Undrafted free agentsEdit

1994 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Chris Boniol Kicker Louisiana Tech
Richie Cunningham Kicker Louisiana-Lafayette
Matt Joyce Tackle Richmond
Hurvin McCormack Defensive Tackle Indiana
Tony Richardson Fullback Auburn

Regular seasonEdit

In an attempt to be the first NFL franchise to "Three-Peat" Super Bowls, the Dallas Cowboys were off to a strong start under new head coach Barry Switzer. However dominant, the team was fielded with injuries to many key starters. The most notable injuries were a near fatal car accident to tackle Erik Williams and a nagging hamstring strain to running back Emmitt Smith. The season also saw the brief emergence of back-up quarterback and future head coach Jason Garrett as he led a comeback victory against the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving Day by leading the Cowboys to score 36 points in the second half.[1] Offensive coordinator Norv Turner also departed to become head coach of the rival Washington Redskins and was replaced by veteran offensive assistant Ernie Zampese. Dallas still managed to finish the regular season posting a 12–4 record and defeated the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional game at Texas Stadium. They would later travel to Candlestick Park to face the San Francisco 49ers for the third straight time in as many years for the NFC Championship Game. Down 21 points in the first quarter, the Cowboys fought back valiantly, but fell short, 28–38.

ScheduleEdit

Opponent Result TV Time TV Announcers Attendance Record
at Pittsburgh Steelers 26 9 W FOX 3:00pm Pat Summerall & John Madden
60,156
1–0
Houston Oilers 20 17 W NBC 3:00pm Dick Enberg & Bob Trumpy
64,402
2–0
Detroit Lions 17 20 (OT) L ABC 8:00pm Al Michaels, Frank Gifford & Dan Dierdorf
64,102
2–1
Bye
at Washington Redskins 34 7 W FOX 12:00pm Dick Stockton & Matt Millen
55,394
3–1
Arizona Cardinals 38 3 W FOX 3:00pm Pat Summerall & John Madden
64,518
4–1
Philadelphia Eagles 24 13 W FOX 3:00pm Pat Summerall & John Madden
64,703
5–1
at Arizona Cardinals 28 21 W FOX 3:00pm Pat Summerall & John Madden
71,023
6–1
at Cincinnati Bengals 23 20 W FOX 12:00pm Joe Buck & Tim Green
57,096
7–1
New York Giants 38 10 W ABC 8:00pm Al Michaels, Frank Gifford & Dan Dierdorf
64,836
8–1
at San Francisco 49ers 14 21 L FOX 3:00pm Pat Summerall & John Madden
69,014
8–2
Washington Redskins 31 7 W FOX 12:00pm Pat Summerall & John Madden
64,644
9–2
Green Bay Packers 42 31 W FOX 3:00pm Pat Summerall & John Madden
64,597
10–2
at Philadelphia Eagles 31 19 W FOX 12:00pm Dick Stockton & Matt Millen
65,974
11–2
Cleveland Browns 14 19 L NBC 3:00pm Dick Enberg & Bob Trumpy
64,826
11–3
at New Orleans Saints 24 16 W ABC 8:00pm Al Michaels, Frank Gifford & Dan Dierdorf
67,323
12–3
at New York Giants 10 15 L FOX 12:00pm Pat Summerall & John Madden
66,943
12–4

StandingsEdit

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(2) Dallas Cowboys 12 4 0 .750 414 248 L1
New York Giants 9 7 0 .563 279 305 W6
Arizona Cardinals 8 8 0 .500 235 267 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 7 9 0 .438 308 308 L7
Washington Redskins 3 13 0 .188 320 412 W1

Throwback weekend gamesEdit

  • Dallas: 9/19 (Det)

RosterEdit

Dallas Cowboys 1994 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics
52 Active, 1 Inactive

Awards and recordsEdit

PublicationsEdit

The Football Encyclopedia ISBN 0-312-11435-4
Total Football ISBN 0-06-270170-3
Cowboys Have Always Been My Heroes ISBN 0-446-51950-2

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit