Even Landry was booed before he won a SB and lived with the name “next-years champions” for almost a decade. His teams were considered "soft" and won by "finesse" and tricks rather than good football. How quick we forget, its always been the same.
Statistically, the Jerry Era is almost identical to the Landry Era ( within a fraction of a standard deviation). The one six sigma event in the entire history of the Cowboys was the Jimmy Johnson Era and the 2 carry over years afterward, other than that it has all reverted to the mean.
Regular Season (through 2010)
Landry Record = 250-178-6 0.58
Jones Record = 190-146 0.56 (really not much difference)
Landry Record = 20-16 0.56
Jones Record = 13-9 0.59 (wow, Jerry era is better than Landry in the playoffs)
However lets look at with and without JImmy
Jimmy Regular Season = 44-36 0.55
Jones without Jimmy = 146-110 0.57
Playoffs with Jimmy = 7-1 (.88) This is the all time best percentage and the six sigma event referred to above.
Playoffs without Jimmy = 6-8 (.43) And the reversion to the mean
What this means is that even the Landry Era is tinted by a Rose Colored View, it was about the same as it is now, despite the perception.
The only true shining light was in the Jimster Era and something that statistically is almost impossible to ever be seen again.
Even this years record of either 9-7 or 8-8 is right on the historical average of the entire history of the cowboys (.57 or .500).
So (and here is the hopeful thing), by pure statistical expectation, the Cowboys should beat the Giants and should go 1-1 in the playoffs. We can still hope for more