Ed note: Our guest writer and ex-Cowboys player Tony Casillas is back with his thoughts on road trips.
After a much needed win over the Detroit Lions, the Dallas Cowboys go on the road to face the 1-3 Houston Texans. In the Jimmy Johnson era losing wasn’t tolerated, especially on the road. I remember when we lost to the Washington Redskins coach Johnson was so mad that when our plane landing was delayed because of inclement weather, he told the pilot to “land the plane right now!” That is a true story.
The fact of the matter is that road trips are good, especially if you’re trying to create momentum and surpass a .500 record. I always thought as a player that good teams can win anywhere. There’s this feeling of cohesiveness when a team goes on the road. It’s a business trip with no distractions from family being in town, or people asking for tickets, or any number of things people don’t see behind the curtain. And last but not least, there is always the competition of who’s going to make a fashion statement as “the best dressed man.” Those are some the benefits of being on the road.
Don’t get me wrong, playing at home is an advantage. Even so, with the Cowboys fan base throughout the country, especially in Houston, it may not be your typical hostile environment, and a great place for the Cowboys to win and get to a 3-2 record.
Road Trip! Road Trip!