Tom Landry was the 1st and only coach the Dallas Cowboys had for their first 29 years! During the Cowboys first five seasons they struggled to sub .500 records. Once the Cowboys had their system in place, they ran off an unprecedented string of 20 straight winning seasons starting in 1966 untill 1985. The Cowboys became the most successful franchise in league history during Landry's tenure, winning 2 Super Bowls, 5 NFC Championships, and 13 division titles, becoming affectionately known as 'America's Team'. When Landry retired in 1988, he was second on the all-time NFL list of coaches with 250 victories. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame a year later and on November 7, 1993 he was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor. Tom Landry was one of the Greatest Coaches to ever grace a sideline.
Landry's regular season career record is 250-162-6 and his record counting playoffs is 270-178-6. Only George Halas and Don Shula top his 270 career victories. Landry gained a reputation as a great technical innovator, as well as an inspirational leader. He introduced the "flex-defense" and "multiple-offense" in the 1960s. In the 1970s, he restructured the "shotgun" or "spread" offense and, in the 1980s, he helped develop the "situation substitution" concept of handling his player talent.
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