On December 16, 1989 the Dallas Cowboys were -- according to their head coach, Jimmy Johnson -- a laughably weak team. After watching his offensive line and running backs fail to score four times from the 1-yard line late in an ugly 15-0 loss to the New York Giants in The Meadowlands, Johnson fumed after the game that his team needed to get mentally and, especially, physically stronger.
Johnson's solution: He fired long-time strength coach Bob Ward, a guy who grew up with the Cowboys under Tom Landry. And, on a recommendation from fullback Daryl Johnston, hired Mike Woicik.
Six Super Bowl rings later, Woicik is poised to return to Valley Ranch as the Cowboys' strength and conditioning coach.
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Woicik won three rings in Dallas and the Cowboys went 89-38 with 12 playoff wins under his program. After a stint with the Saints, he then won another three championships with the New England Patriots, making him the NFL's only "coach" with six rings.
Woicik is a beast, one of those Neanderthal types who bids hello and goodbye with only a low, primal grunt. Johnston -- who developed under Woicik at Syracuse -- and Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith and Darren Woodson swear by him.
While current strength coach Joe Juraszek was friendly and affable, I have to admit that the Cowboys may have gotten better at one position this off-season.