Switzer says Cowboys need to be better than average

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It’s time for the Dallas Cowboys to be more than average, according to former coach Barry Switzer.

“We all get excited this time of the year because we haven’t seen them play yet,” Switzer said Tuesday. “If they stay healthy, they’ll probably be as good as they have been — they’ve been average — but they need to be more than average. Have they gotten any skilled players to help them out — receivers, running backs — that make a difference? I don’t know.”

Speaking of health, Switzer’s life has changed for the better after undergoing hip replacement surgery.

For the past couple of years, Switzer, who also coached at Oklahoma, was embarrassed to be seen because he was slumped over whenever he walked.

He thought he was experiencing back pain, but doctors kept telling him his back was fine. A doctor asked him if he’d ever had a magnetic resonance imaging test on his hips.

That piece of information changed Switzer’s life. And now he’s working in conjunction with DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction to get the word out to people who are suffering from pain in their joints.

“I just recommend anybody that’s got hip pain, go to the doctor and check out your hips,” Switzer said. “Back pain and the hip pain have very similar symptoms.

“It was just embarrassing to me to walk around like the way I was. So they can go to HipReplacement.com and they can find out all I went through and what I did, because it’s made a difference in my life.”

Switzer had plenty to say about the Cowboys and his former boss, owner Jerry Jones, in his interview with the Star-Telegram:

Jerry Jones is coming up on his 25th season as the owner, general manager and president of the Cowboys. What’s your take on the job he’s done with the Cowboys? He’s a good owner and he was good to me. All I’ve got to say are good things about Jerry because Jerry was good to me when I was here. He never had a fear of me. He never had a fear with coaches. He was just around all the time. A lot of these [owners] had other fortunes that they ran — banking, oil and gas businesses and all that. But Jerry was there [with the Cowboys] every day. That’s his business, the Dallas Cowboys. He put all his heart and soul and money into it. Jerry is going to be Jerry and he’s going to always be there.

What are your thoughts on the Cowboys leaving Valley Ranch and moving their headquarters to Frisco? It’s closer to the Red River for me. I can go by there more often. I didn’t know they were moving out there. This will be a little farther off I-35, but you can take one of those tollways over to there.

What do you think of the Cowboys changing the name of their stadium to AT&T Stadium? I’m not surprised at all. In fact, I had dinner [with Jones] a couple of years ago. Jerry called me and wanted me to come to dinner at his home. The only people there were Barry Andrews, who has Miller Lite/Coors, and Randall Stephenson and his wife, who is the chairman and CEO of AT&T. The reason Jerry invited me was because Randall is an OU graduate, and he’s an Oklahoma guy. He’s from Moore, Okla. So the eight of us were at Jerry’s house for dinner down in the wine cellar. There were two or three years of negotiations. Jerry got what he wanted and AT&T got what they wanted, too.

What are your thoughts on Larry Allen entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame? He’s my only player that I drafted that’s gone in and he was the most valuable player in the league for all the time he played. The offensive guards aren’t supposed to beat defensive tackles, but he did. He was really special and strong. He had it all. He was the perfect offensive guard.

You are credited by many for perfecting the Wishbone offense in college. Are we seeing some variations of it in the NFL? I’ve always said the option would work in the NFL, but first of all you had to have the coach. It was never the quarterback. It was the coach who had to be committed to making it as an integral part of his offense. You’ve got [Washington Redskins coach Mike] Shanahan and Robert Griffin III. Shanahan was my quarterback coach in 1975 at Oklahoma when we won the national championship. [San Francisco coach] Jim Harbaugh is a former college coach who knows the importance of the option and the intricacies of it and has the quarterback to do it. You’ll see more of it. I’d have Cam Newton do it.

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @dwainprice

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