Dallas Cowboys Playoff Push Gives Birth to Triplets

Jonathan BargerContributor IDecember 6, 2012

IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 19:  Troy Aikman, former Dallas Cowboys quaterback, speaks to the fans in front of former teammates Emmitt Smith (L) and Michael Irvin during a ceremony inducting Aikman into the Cowbos ring of honor at half-time of the game between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys on September 19, 2005 at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas. Former Cowboys teammates Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin were all inducted during the half-time ceremony. The Redskins won 14-13. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The early 90's were exceptional years for the Dallas Cowboys.  Three Lombardi Trophies are evidence of the dynasty made by Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson. (Sorry Switzer, you won a Super Bowl with Johnson's team.)  

Say what you want about Jerry Jones, but he has had more success than any other owner except maybe the Krafts (owners of the New England Patriots) and the Rooneys (owners of the Pittsburgh Steelers).  Jerry Jones also brought in Jimmy Johnson. And with Johnson came the making of the triplets.  Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin were unstoppable forces.  Literally, separated shoulders couldn't slow the Dallas Cowboys down.

A lot has changed since then, but Jerry Jones is still around and claims the wealthiest football program in the NFL.  Jason Garrett is the head coach now and he is forming his own set of triplets. Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, and Dez Bryant are all (relatively) young, and have plenty of tread left on the tires.  Even though Romo is 31 years old, he didn't start in the NFL until 2006 and 2012 is his sixth full season as a starter.

These triplets need each other to have success. DeMarco Murray takes pressure off of Tony Romo by pounding the ball up the middle and stretching the ball to the sideline.  Dez Bryant takes pressure off of DeMarco Murray by commanding double coverage on every play.  Tony Romo takes pressure off of both his brothers of the Star by evading enormous amounts of pressure that come his way. 

These triplets will tear you apart.

Tony Romo plays football like no other. With limited athletic speed and agility, Romo relies on savvy and poise to avoid ultra-athletic pass rushers and create positives plays out of thin air.  Through the past five games, Romo has thrown 10 touchdowns to only two interceptions, tallying over 1,500 yards along the way. 

DeMarco Murray runs with a renewed sense of purpose.  The Murray of old lowered his head and shoulder on each and every play, fighting for that extra yard.  In his first game back after missing six games with a foot injury, Cowboys fans saw a DeMarco Murray who was smart with his body—sprinting out of bounds to avoid senseless contact, but also pounding his way through the middle of the line, fighting for extra yards.

Dez Bryant is a demon that feeds on contact and physicality.  His touchdown towards the end of last week's game against the Eagles is proof of that.  Poor Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie didn't stand a chance as he was plowed over by Bryant on his way into the end zone.

Don't write off these Dallas Cowboys, because as long as this trio takes the field, the Cowboys are a legitimate threat.