1997 Dallas Cowboys season
|1997 Dallas Cowboys season|
|Head coach||Barry Switzer|
|Home field||Texas Stadium|
|Division place||4th NFC East|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1997 Dallas Cowboys season would mark their 38th in the NFL and for the first time since 1990, the team would suffer a losing season and miss the playoffs. They collapsed from a 6–5 start and finished at 6–10.
|Dallas Cowboys 1997 roster|
Rookies in italics
Though the season began well with an impressive win against the Pittsburgh Steelers and a 3–1 start, the Cowboys would soon see a sharp decline that included five consecutive losses to close out the year. A series of countless off-the-field incidents, lack of discipline, and rumors of infighting between quarterback Troy Aikman and head coach Barry Switzer plagued the team throughout the year. In a season filled with injuries and controversy, which also saw a tearful Michael Irvin promising change following a tough loss to the New York Giants in the final regular season game, Switzer would later resign after the season. Notable additions to the team were linebacker Dexter Coakley.
|at Pittsburgh Steelers||37||7||W||
|at Arizona Cardinals||22||25||L||
|at New York Giants||17||20||L||
|at Washington Redskins||16||21||L||
|at Philadelphia Eagles||12||13||L||
|at San Francisco 49ers||10||17||L||
|at Green Bay Packers||17||45||L||
|at Cincinnati Bengals||24||31||L||
|New York Giants||7||20||L||
- Michael Irvin 7 Rec, 153 Yds
|(3) New York Giants||10||5||1||.656||307||265||W3|
Awards and records
- Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Oct-20.