When an NFL team makes the playoffs in back to back seasons or even better, make the playoffs in multiple consecutive seasons, that team has what is called “organizational momentum”. It’s a good indicator of how well the entire organizational structure is working.
So how often have the Cowboys had ORGANIZATIONAL MOMENTUM in the last 26 seasons?
- The last time the Cowboys made the playoffs in back to back seasons was 15 years ago- 2006-2007.
- The last time the Cowboys won the NFC East in back to back seasons was 1995-1996, 26 seasons ago.
- In those 26 seasons since 1996, the Cowboys have only made the playoffs 10 times. That’s 38% of the time. And this is during the “era of parity”.
Compare this to prior Cowboys history:
- From 1966-1985- 20 seasons- the Cowboys made the playoffs 18 times- that’s 90% of the time.
- From that same time period 1966-85, the Cowboys won the NFC East 14 times, and won it back to back seven times.
- From 1991-96, the Cowboys made the playoffs six consecutive seasons.
- From 92-96, the Cowboys win the NFC East 5 consecutive seasons.
Current Teams with Organizational Momentum:
- Baltimore- has made the playoffs 13 times in the last 18 seasons. Multiple back to back seasons. Done with 4 different starting QBs.
- New England- made the playoffs 20 of 22 seasons. Multiple back to back division and playoff seasons. Played in nearly 50 playoff games. All but one playoff season with Tom Brady.
- LA Rams- made the playoffs 4 of the last 5 seasons and back to back division champs twice. Went to two SBs with two different QBs.
- GB- made the playoffs 11 of 13 seasons and on a current 3 straight seasons as NFC North champs.
In the era of parity, the Cowboys have made the playoffs 38% of the time, played in 13 playoff games, only winning 3. Organizational momentum means your front office has a viable plan and vision on how to build a team that can compete for a championship. It’s been a loooooong time since we’ve been able to have that kind of consistency.