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8. Tom Landry (1960-1988) ranks as one of the greatest and most innovative coaches in NFL history, creating many new formations and methods. He invented the now popular 43 defense, and the "flex defense" system made famous by the "Doomsday Defense" squads he created during his 29-year tenure with the Dallas Cowboys. His 29 consecutive years as the coach of one team are an NFL record, along with his 20 consecutive winning seasons. Landry won two Super Bowl titles (VI, XII), five NFC titles, 13 Divisional titles, and compiled a 2701786 record, the third-most wins all-time for an NFL coach. His 20 career playoff victories are the second most of any coach in NFL history. He was named the NFL Coach of the Year in 1966 and the NFC Coach of the Year in 1975. His most impressive professional accomplishment is his 20 consecutive winning seasons (19661985), an NFL record that remains unbroken and unchallenged. From 1966 to 1982 Dallas played in 12 NFL or NFC Championship games, a span of 17 years. More impressive is the Cowboys' appearance in 10 NFC Championship games in the 13-year span from 1970 to 1982. Leading the Cowboys to three Super Bowl appearances in four years between 1975 and 1978, and five in nine years between 1970 and 1978, and being on television more than any other NFL team is what spawned the title of "America's Team"

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FILE - In this June 13, 2017, file photo, Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Jaylon Smith (54) reaches up to catch a pass as he participates in drills during an NFL football practice at the team's training facility, in Frisco, Texas. Jaylon Smith was mostly hidden from view rehabbing a knee injury during his first training camp with the Dallas Cowboys a year ago. Now the former Notre Dame standout, taken in the second round of the 2016 draft with the Cowboys, is finally on the field. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

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FILE - In this June 13, 2017, file photo, Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Jaylon Smith (54) talks with outside linebacker Sean Lee (50) as they walk off the field after an NFL football practice at the team's training facility, in Frisco, Texas. Jaylon Smith was mostly hidden from view rehabbing a knee injury during his first training camp with the Dallas Cowboys a year ago. Now the former Notre Dame standout, taken in the second round of the 2016 draft with the Cowboys, is finally on the field. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

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FILE - In this June 13, 2017, file photo, Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Jaylon Smith runs through a drill during an NFL football practice at the team's training facility, in Frisco, Texas. Jaylon Smith was mostly hidden from view rehabbing a knee injury during his first training camp with the Dallas Cowboys a year ago. Now the former Notre Dame standout, taken in the second round of the 2016 draft with the Cowboys, is finally on the field. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

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Two Dallas Cowboys fans take a picture outside FedEx Field before an NFL football game between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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This Oct. 11, 2015 photo shows Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, right, talking with quarterback Tony Romo before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Arlington, Texas. Oct. 11, 2015. Jones honored DeMarcus Ware with the announcement that the franchise sacks leader would retire as a Cowboy, then engaged in a draft discussion centered largely on finding the team’s next dominant pass rusher. It’s exactly the opposite with Tony Romo, since the Cowboys have yet to pay homage to their 10-year starting quarterback as he heads to the broadcast booth while Dallas prepares for the start of the NFL draft feeling secure in the future under center. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

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FILE - At left, in an April 11, 2017, file photo, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo laughs while speaking to reporters in Dallas. At right, in a Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, Phil Simms participates in the "CBS Sports" panel at the CBS 2016 Winter TCA, in Pasadena, Calif. Simms is heading to the studio as part of the CBS program “NFL Today.” Simms, recently replaced in the broadcast booth by Romo when the Cowboys quarterback retired from playing, has experience working in a studio setting with Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.” (AP Photo/File)

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NFC quarterback Dak Prescott (4), of the Dallas Cowboys, looks to pass, during the first half of the NFL Pro Bowl football game Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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Dallas Cowboys - Super Bowl championships (5) 1971 (VI), 1977 (XII), 1992 (XXVII), 1993 (XXVIII), 1995 (XXX) Dallas Cowboys' head coach Jimmy Johnson hugs quarterback Troy Aikman in their lockerroom after defeating the Buffalo Bills 30-13 in Super Bowl XXVIII at the Georgia Dome, Jan. 30, 1994. The Cowboys handed the Bills their fourth straight Super Bowl defeat. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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FILE- In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman talks during an interview with The Associated Press in New York. The New England Patriots earned a record ninth Super Bowl berth with a 36-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in the AFC championship game. The Steelers, Cowboys and Denver Broncos, all with eight Super Bowl trips apiece, must wait another year before trying to join the Patriots in rarefied company. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, file photo, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) takes the handoff from quarterback Dak Prescott (4) during NFL football practice at the team's headquarters in Frisco, Texas. Aaron Rodgers has been unbeatable on a seven-game run that carried the Green Bay Packers to a divisional-round game against Dallas. So was Cowboys rookie Dak Prescott for 11 straight in the regular season, giving him the No. 1 seed for his playoff debut Sunday. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

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FILE - In this undated file photo, Dallas Cowboys quarterback takes the snap from a shotgun formation against the Atlanta Falcons during an NFL game. The Pro Football Hall of Fame _ which counts both Staubach and Cowboys coach Tom Landry among its members _ says San Francisco 49ers coach Red Hickey introduced a form of the shotgun offense to the sport in 1960, before abandoning it during the following season. But Landry's Cowboys get credit for bringing it back and popularizing it by positioning Staubach 5 yards behind the center. (AP Photo/File)

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FILE - In this July 24, 2007, file photo, workers hang a Dallas Cowboys logo on the Alamodome in preparation for football training camp in San Antonio. WFAA-TV reported on Jan. 10, 2017 that a Texas baby hospitalized with a congenital heart defect calms down when watching Cowboys games. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

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FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2016, file photo, Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Sean Lee defends during an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Arlington, Texas. Lee was forced to watch Dallas in the playoffs two years ago, including a loss at Green Bay, because of one of the many injuries that have plagued his seven-year career. Healthy and coming off his first All-Pro season, the Cowboys linebacker will make his playoff debut this weekend against the Packers. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman, File)

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FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2016, file photo, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs the ball as Washington Redskins' Will Blackmon (41) gives chase in the second half of an NFL football game, in Arlington, Texas. NFL teams ran the ball less than ever in 2016 yet six playoff teams had a 1,000-yard rusher.Ezekiel Elliot (Cowboys), Jay Ajayi (Dolphins), Le'Veon Bell (Steelers), LeGarrette Blount (Patriots), Devonta Freeman (Falcons) and Lamar Miller (Texans) each topped 1,000 and are still playing. Last year, Adrian Peterson was the only 1,000-yard rusher in the playoffs.(AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)

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FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2016, file photo, Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) gets past a tackle attempt by Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Javien Elliott (35) after catching a pass during an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas. The last time Dallas had the top seed secured before the end of the regular season, Witten was a fifth-year tight end in 2007. The Cowboys promptly lost their first playoff game to the New York Giants and watched their division rival upset undefeated New England in the Super Bowl. So now the question is how the Cowboys (12-2) keep their edge with two games that won’t change their spot in the playoff bracket--starting Monday night at home against Detroit (9-5)--along with a bye before their postseason opener. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File)

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

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FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 file photo, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) hands the ball off to running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh. Rookie sensations Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott made the playoffs with four games to spare in Dallas. The Cowboys and their young stars could clinch everything else, topped by home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with three games remaining if they beat the New York Giants on Sunday night, Dec. 11, 2016 and get some help. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)

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In this Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, photo, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) is tackled by Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) after catching a pass during an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys haven't forced a turnover in four games and couldn't get a sack of Washington's Kirk Cousins despite 53 pass attempts. After an early season surge into the top 10, the Cowboys have slid a bit. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

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FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, file photo, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) runs the ball for a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas. As Dallas rookie quarterback's winning streak grows, Jerry Jones keeps modifying the answer for what happens when Tony Romo is ready. The latest change from the Cowboys owner and GM: Dallas should stay with the hot hand, and Romo is fine with it. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File)