“I didn’t believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on the field and be prepared to play a good game.”
Legendary Dallas Cowboys Coach Tom Landry
Tom Landry was the Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys for 29 years (1960-1988).
During his tenure, the Cowboys won 13 divisional titles, five NFC Championships and two Super Bowls.
His regular season record was 270-178-6 and Landry also won 20 playoff games, more than any other NFL Head Coach.
Landry led the Cowboys to 20 straight winning seasons (1966-85).
Prior to becoming the Cowboys Head Coach, Landry was the New York Giants defensive coordinator from 1954-59.
Landry also played for the Giants and earned a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Texas.
In addition to being a very successful head coach, Tom Landry was an innovator.
He created the 4-3 defense when he was the New York Giants defensive coordinator.
With that change, Sam Huff became the Giants “middle linebacker” which was a revolutionary move for nFL defenses.
Landry created the flex defense with the Dallas Cowsboys.
When Landry was the Giants defensive coordinator, Vince Lombardi was the team’s offensive coordinator.
Landry’s Cowboys and Lombardi’s Packers met in the first two NFC Championship Games with the Packers winning both closely contested contests.
Both Landry and Lombardi were giants in their profession.
Their approach was much different.
Lombardi was much more emotional and you can be quite certain he would not have made this kind of statement.
Some people preferred Lombardi’s style; others liked Landry’s approach.
The difference in these two men proves there is more than one way to be successful.