Cowboys can look to '09 for inspiration

'11 team also has chance to finish with back-to-back NFC East wins to take the division

Updated: December 20, 2011, 1:31 AM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- If Coach Jason Garrett wanted, he could address his players just about every day with "back in my day" stories about what it's like to play for the Dallas Cowboys.

Undoubtedly those Cowboys would have walked to school barefoot through the snow, uphill. Both ways.

But Garrett does so only occasionally, most likely to either prevent repetition or not further burden this team with expectations laid out by guys such as Michael Irvin, Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith.

"One ...

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