Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cowboys Still Barry Good Dallas Dominates Steelers 26-9 and Gives Switzer a Sweet Win

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cowboys Still Barry Good Dallas Dominates Steelers 26-9 and Gives Switzer a Sweet Win

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One game into his first National Football League season, Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer already has surpassed Tom Landry and equaled Jimmy Johnson.

Dallas' 26-9 thrashing of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Three Rivers Stadium gave Switzer a 1-0 record as an NFL head coach.

The legendary Landry was 0-11-1 in his first season at Dallas. Johnson started 1-15. Of course, Landry was starting a new franchise. Johnson was beginning a massive rebuilding job.

Switzer? He merely presided over the most anticipated opening since the Red Sea.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said this opening act had "unparalleled" interest for a coach in his first game and "had we not played well, then I think we would have been in for a major onslaught of criticism and doubt."

Actually, Switzer's toughest decision Sunday may have been what to eat on the plane ride home. He wore a headset during the game, but the Cowboys were so efficient he could have been listening to country and western instead of offensive coordinator Ernie Zampese.

Dallas simply dominated a Pittsburgh team that some expect to contend for the AFC championship. Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin both enjoyed 100-yard days. On defense, Charles Haley sacked Steelers quarterback Neil O'Donnell four times.

Any concerns about the Cowboys' kicking game seemed unfounded after Chris Boniol, the rookie free agent from Louisiana Tech, was perfect on four field goal attempts.

Any more doubts that the Cowboys remain the team to beat in the NFL?

Smith scolded the media after the game, saying, "You guys right now are looking at us like we're diseased or something. I think our team is fine. If you guys would just leave us alone and quit looking for the nitpicking things and trying to tear us apart."

Emmitt seemed edgy, but when you've won two consecutive Super Bowls, you draw plenty of scrutiny. Switzer noticed that as soon as he walked into his first postgame news conference in the NFL. The room was packed.

"Boy, this is bigger than Texas-Oklahoma," said Switzer, who led the Oklahoma Sooners to three national titles as a college coach.

He had thought about this game for a long time and winning was sweet, he said.

"It was a big thrill," he added. …

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