Steve Young is someone who knows when he is talking about when it comes to facing the Dallas Cowboys and playing quarterback in the NFL.
During his time with the 49ers, Young faced off with Dallas in the NFC Championship Game three years in a row. After falling short to the Cowboys following the 1992 and 1993 seasons, Young would finally lead San Francisco to victory on the third try in 1995.
When Young looks at the current Cowboys team he sees a talented roster, but something is missing.
“I think there’s something about hiring coaches who don’t have the authority, because the players know the owner is the authority, Young said during his weekly discussion Wednesday evening with the hosts of the TKB Show on KNBR.
“That’s why they’re so up and down and they don’t get to their full potential. I don’t believe the guys coming out of the Cowboys locker room are going to come out with the ownership, the belief like the 49ers players have.”
That could be true.
San Francisco has fought through adversity all season. They would then open the season 3-5 before winning seven of their last nine while dealing with injuries to key players throughout.
Moreover, there were constant questions about the quarterback situation, to be expected after the team traded up to draft Trey Lance.
“Jimmy had something happen this year. I don’t know when. He started the year tight, feeling all the pressure of what was happening in the offseason, not sure of his place, said Young.
“Against the Rams it was like playing with house money and there was a release. Usually when it’s tighter late in the game you can see he’s grinding. Last week it was like, ‘Bro, I’m good, let’s roll.’ He’s smiling, he and Deebo Samuel are laughing.
“I thought it was a different guy. I’m pretty excited to see him go down to Dallas.”