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Cowboys Team Chemistry: Important Factor in Winning?

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Back when Miles Austin was absent for Cowboys offseason activities, we warned people to not overreact.  We argued that, as long as Austin was working out on his own, his absence was rather inconsequential.

The basis for this judgment was the fact that we don’t believe “team chemistry” is an important factor in winning football games.  We wrote:

Sure, championship teams generally have a lot of “team chemistry,” but is the winning truly due to the chemistry, or is the chemistry due to winning?  Now, we aren’t talking about ‘chemistry’ in terms of the cohesiveness of an offensive line, for example.  Surely on-field cohesiveness affects a team’s play.

But locker room chemistry–the type where everyone ‘gets along’?  It simply doesn’t have an affect on winning.  This may be a tough pill to swallow, but the proof is in the pudding.  The illusion lies in the distinction between causation and correlation. . .Labeling a winning team as one with great chemistry has no predictive power.  The team has already won, so how do we know if the winning was due to the chemistry, or vice versa?  Complete your preseason predictions based on which teams have “great chemistry” and you are sure to be disappointed.

Note that we talk about “team chemistry” as players liking each other, forming a bond, and so on–NOT on-field unity.  We recently came across a video clip that uses Tashard Choice, Keith Brooking, and Roy Williams as examples of unity.

While we do disregard the initial notion of team chemistry as a misinterpretation of correlation and causation, the “unity” spoken of in this video–as in setting aside one’s personal goals for the betterment of the team–is crucial to a team’s success.  In fact, we would argue it may be the most important factor in winning football games.

Now, some may argue that the two ideas–our “chemistry” and their “unity”–are so closely linked that they undoubtedly affect one another.  We disagree.

Unity can be seen and felt right now, while chemistry is determined after the fact.  Unified teams win football games.  Winning football teams have great chemsitry.  See the difference?

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