Star Blog Cowboys CTK: Greatest Dallas Cowboy Of All-Time Roger Staubach Takes #12 Published 2 years ago on September 1, 2015 By RJ Ochoa Share Tweet The halls of Pro Football History are lined with the number 12. Countless legends have worn it: Terry Bradshaw, Bob Griese, Joe Namath, Jim Kelly, John Brodie, Randall Cunningham, Ken Stabler, and active players like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers… the number 12 has become synonymous with great quarterbacks. With 12 days until what fans hope will be a memorable season for the Dallas Cowboys begins, we are continuing our Countdown To Kickoff with perhaps the greatest one of all. The Following Players Have All Worn 12 For The Dallas Cowboys: John Roach, QB Roger Staubach^, QB Ron Widby, P ^Pro Football Hall of Famer There is a man, an icon, a legend, a universally treasured Dallas Cowboy that also slipped the number 12 over his shoulders during his football playing days. He is much more than an amazing football player; he is an amazing person in every conceivable way. Not only does this #12 transcend all of the players that have worn it for the Dallas Cowboys, but he he transcends the entire history of the Dallas Cowboys franchise. We are talking about a player who is, across multiple generations, regarded as the best. Every day since June 6th we have used our Countdown To Kickoff series to highlight the Greatest Cowboys to wear each individual jersey number. While we are certainly continuing that tradition today, this Cowboy carries a badge of honor that only one can tout. It is my absolute privilege to present to you: The Greatest Dallas Cowboy Of All-Time: Roger Staubach In 1963 the United States Naval Academy boasted one of the finest football players all across the land. He was an improvisational type of quarterback, one who opposing defenses seemed incapable of containing with his quick feet and iconic escapability. Roger Thomas Staubach – hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio – was the talk of the country as he quarterbacked the Midshipmen. His offensive linemen raved about how it was such an adventure to block for him because one second he’d be on the left side of the field and then dash his way to the right – you never knew where he’d be! Where he was happened to be smack dab in the middle of the college football universe. Roger was widely regarded as the best player in the game in 1963. This popular opinion turned stone cold fact when Roger Staubach won the Heisman Trophy in 1963, making him the second person out of the Navy to win the award (and most recent). 1964 NFL Draft During the early days of the NFL there were such things as “future picks.” These allowed NFL clubs to draft players and obtain their rights while said players still had college eligibility that they fulfilled. It was like calling dibs on that last slice of pizza while it’s still dough. The Dallas Cowboys brain trust had heard whispers of that kid out of the Navy that won the Heisman. He was supposed to be pretty good, right? They deemed Staubach worthy of their 10th round pick, 129th overall, and were ready to roll. All they had to do was wait for him to fulfill that college eligibility, right? One year later in 1965, another Cowboys “future pick” from the year before joined the team. His name was Bob Hayes. Where was his fellow draftee Roger Staubach? The Navy And Vietnam Part of the reason that Roger Staubach slipped all the way to the 10th round in that 1964 Draft revolved around much more than his remaining year of college eligibility. While, yes, Staubach returned for one more year to play football for the Navy… he still owed them four years of Naval service after that. Beginning in 1965, while his Dallas Cowboy teammates were training for football, Staubach was fulfilling his commitment to the United States Navy. During this time he’d work on his throwing mechanics as much as he could, receiving footballs from Gil Brandt to toss around wherever he was. In the middle of his Naval service Staubach volunteered for a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam. The former Heisman Trophy Winner, who belonged to the Dallas Cowboys, was as far away from the game of football as he had ever been. How incredible is it that Roger Staubach, over the course of four years, served his country and managed to maintain his football skills at the same time? Think about it for a second. Imagine if the reigning Heisman Trophy Winner, so in this case Marcus Mariota, was drafted and unable to play for four years. The speculation about his return, if even possible, would be never-ending. Roger Staubach fully planned on playing professional football after he completed his time in the Navy. Could someone actually win the Heisman Trophy, take four years “off” (in the Navy no less), and return to compete at a legitimate level? We were about to find out. 1969: The Return Of Roger When on leave, and while the other Navy members were fulfilling their own commitments or getting some much needed rest and relaxation, Roger Staubach spent his time training with the Dallas Cowboys. His dreams and aspirations of being an NFL quarterback were alive and well, and when he returned in 1969 as a 27-year-old rookie he was ready to prove it. Those first two seasons in Dallas belonged primarily to quarterback Craig Morton, who was drafted in the same year that Roger’s Naval duties began. He was a fine quarterback, and he even took the Cowboys to the Super Bowl in the first season of NFL-AFL merger in 1970… just barely losing to the Baltimore Colts. Entering the 1971 contest Roger Staubach knew that he had the goods to play quarterback in the National Football League. He also knew that at 29 years old he needed to begin his career before it was too late. He petitioned to Head Coach Tom Landry to either start or be traded. Tom Landry is arguably the finest mind to ever grace the sidelines of a football field. He designed a system for how his football team was to work, including the offensive mechanics, that he believed needed to be followed at all times. With two capable quarterbacks in Morton and Staubach, Coach Landry didn’t know what to do. He decided to start Morton in the first week, but then started Staubach, then he started Morton, what was going on? Things reached a breaking point on Halloween in a loss against the Chicago Bears when Coach Landry literally swapped Morton and Staubach out every series. This had to stop. The team needed one quarterback. They needed one leader. The Dallas Cowboys needed Roger Staubach. Captain America Craig Morton recounts Tom Landry calling him over following the loss in Chicago and telling him that he was going with Staubach. “He said he had a feeling,” Morton said. What. A. Feeling. On November 7th, 1971 Roger Staubach took the reins of the Dallas Cowboys. He was now the leader of America’s Team; Roger Staubach was Captain America. He tore through the remainder of the 1971 season throwing for 1,249 yards, 10 touchdowns, and a lone interception in the regular season finale as the Cowboys made their way to the playoffs in hopes of avenging the previous year’s Super Bowl loss. The Cowboys started their playoff run with a win on Christmas Day in Minnesota and punched their ticket to Super Bowl VI against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. Roger Staubach put the exclamation point on a spectacular season (he was voted to the Pro Bowl and led the NFL in Passer Rating with 104.8) with a victory in the biggest game there is. His 119 yards and 2 touchdowns (Staubach threw for 321 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions in the entire 1971 postseason) cemented him as the game’s Most Valuable Player… making Roger Staubach the first person ever to win both the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP Award. Roger The Dodger While he lost most of the 1972 season to a shoulder injury, Roger Staubach assumed his starting role for good in 1973. His play style became widely known throughout the NFL as defenders one and all were left wondering how to stop him. Just when they thought they had him, he was gone. Right when they thought they’d trapped him, he danced his way out of trouble. When they collapsed the pocket and gave him no way out – Roger shook them all off. Staubach electrified fans with his dazzling moves in the backfield. His uncanny ability to keep plays alive was his secret weapon, but it went against Tom Landry’s coveted system. The Greatest 41 in Dallas Cowboys History, Charlie Waters, recalls that Coach Landry’s “No, Roger, no!” shouts would suddenly, after a trademark Staubach escape, turn into “Go, Roger, go!”. Roger’s ability to evade would-be tacklers and make something happen out of what seemed like nothing made him and the Dallas Cowboys one of the more premiere offenses of the time. Opponents absolutely could not contain him. He had a will to win unlike anyone had ever seen. Compete, Compete, Compete It shouldn’t be surprising that NFL players are highly competitive, but there are none who have ever wanted to win more than Roger Staubach. Everything was about winning, every single thing. Bob Lilly has told tales about practices where Roger would tell Bob Hayes (owner of an Olympic Gold Medal in sprinting, mind you) that he could beat him in a 20-yard dash. “Roger told Bob Hayes one day, he said, ‘I’m gonna beat you in a 20-yard dash.’ They ran one and Bob beat him. And they ran two and Bob beat him. They ran five and Bob beat him. And they ran ten and Bob beat him! …And after about the thirtieth one – he beat Bob. And that was the end.” Staubach’s competitiveness wasn’t just seen in races against Pro Football Hall of Famer Bob Hayes. He pushed his teammates to greater heights than even they thought possible. Roger was able to draw more out of a player than that player could have drawn out of himself – the mark of a true leader. Roger’s teammates idolized him. He was bigger than life to them. They felt that with him, anything was possible. They gave him their absolute all because they knew that if they did he would deliver for them and the Dallas Cowboys. Hail Mary The ability to deliver victory when all hope was lost had become the signature move of Roger Staubach in the mid-70s. He could be counted on in extremely clutch situations and exemplified a will win, regardless of the circumstances. As a deep man of faith, Roger never hid his religious beliefs or conservative lifestyle. He was a married man who praised God and was one of the greatest quarterbacks in the world. His religious life and football life merged as one on December 28th, 1975. Minnesota is a cold place in December. It’s even colder when you’re trailing 14-10 in the playoffs with very little time remaining. Toss in the Purple People Eaters chasing you on every play and it’s hard to imagine anything more frigid. While Dallas Cowboy quarterback Roger Staubach (12) looks for receiver in first quarter action, Minnesota Viking Carl Eller (81) leaps over Cowboy blockers Robert Newhouse (44) and Rayfield Wright (70) during NFC playoff game here Sunday in Bloomington, Minn., December 28, 1975. (AP Photo) Captain Comeback to the rescue! With the season on the line Roger Staubach launched a 50-yard bomb in the direction of Drew Pearson. As fate, or divine intervention, would have it… the ball landed safely in the arms of Pearson as he ran in for the game-winning score. When asked by reporters what happened on the all-important play, Staubach gave birth to an iconic term that is, still to this day, used all across football. “So we win 17-14. And after the game they just said to me, ‘Roger, what were you thinking about when you threw the ball?’ I just said, ‘Well I closed my eyes and said a Hail Mary. I’m a Catholic kid from Cincinnati.’” Of all the comebacks that Roger Staubach engineered, this one stands out the most. The “Hail Mary” was born out of Staubach’s never-give-up mentality, and it is etched forever in NFL History. The Legend Of Roger Staubach The thrilling victory over the Vikings in 1975 was met with the disappointment of losing Super Bowl X to the Pittsburgh Steelers. No worries, Roger Staubach would rescue the Cowboys once again. In 1976 the Dallas Cowboys drafted what seemed to be the heir apparent at quarterback in Danny White. He was good and Roger was, well, Roger Staubach. This left another backup quarterback by the name of Clint Longley feeling a little on edge. One day Clint and Roger were arguing in the locker room. Before you know it a scuffle breaks out! Fists flying, legs up in the air, these were quarterbacks… brawling! The next day Longley, seeking revenge, cold-cocked Staubach when his guard was down and scampered away. Gil Brandt wasn’t going to tolerate someone sucker punching his starting quarterback and leader of the team, so he traded Longley away to the San Diego Chargers for draft picks. This was the first domino that fell in a line that led to the Cowboys drafting Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett with the second overall pick in 1977. With another Heisman Trophy Winner to hand the ball off to, Roger had a myriad of weapons on the Dallas Cowboys offense. Staubach and the Cowboys stormed through the 1977 season, going 12-2, and found themselves in Super Bowl XII (the first Super Bowl in the Louisiana Superdome, fun fact). Their opponents? The Denver Broncos… quarterbacked by none other than Craig Morton. The famed Doomsday Defense, knowing everything about him, took care of Morton while Staubach and the offense lit up the Superdome scoreboard. Roger threw one of the most beautiful touchdown passes in Super Bowl History to Butch Johnson as the Cowboys marched to a 27-10 victory, and America’s Team was once again on top of the world. End Of An Era Even though two Super Bowl rings weighed down his hand at this point, Roger Staubach had his finest statistical seasons in 1978 and 1979. He crossed 3,000 yards in both seasons, something that he had never done up until that point. He also threw for at least 25 touchdowns in both seasons, which was another new accomplishment – although he did lead the league with 23 touchdowns in 1973. Staubach also led the league in quarterback rating both years with 84.9 and 92.3, respectively. The Cowboys reached the Super Bowl for the second straight season in 1978 and played in what I believe to be the greatest game ever played, Super Bowl XIII. A combined 15 Pro Football Hall of Famers participated in the shootout. This was, at the time, the highest scoring Super Bowl in NFL History… and the Steelers unfortunately outlasted the Cowboys, 35-31. Staubach would return for one more year in 1979, leading the Cowboys to an 11-5 record and yet another playoff appearance; however, the Cowboys were denied a third straight Super Bowl appearance by the Los Angeles Rams at Texas Stadium, and the end of an era was upon the Dallas Cowboys. With concussion injuries a concern, and heeding some professional medical advice, Roger Staubach retired from football… after giving the game everything that he had, making it all the more greater while doing so. Staubach gave one of the most memorable retirement speeches in Dallas Cowboys History. He cited the “system” that Coach Landry had instilled and, showing emotion, spoke of the influence of the iconic coach and his fedora. “The system was successful before me, and it’ll be successful without me. Of course the nuts and bolts of the Dallas Cowboys is… a man who wears a funny hat on the sidelines.” #12: Roger Staubach It’s hard to comprehend just how much Roger Staubach accomplished during his time in the NFL. It’s especially hard to wrap your mind around it when you consider that he did it after four years being away from the game while in the Navy. His career resume includes: 1963 Heisman Trophy Winner 6-Time Pro Bowl Selection (1971, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979) Led NFL in Passer Rating 4 Times (1971, 1973, 1978, 1979) 85 Career Wins (2nd in Dallas Cowboys History) 153 Career Touchdown Passes (4th in Dallas Cowboys History) 22,700 Career Passing Yards (3rd in Dallas Cowboys History) 2-Time Super Bowl Champion (VI, XII) Super Bowl VI MVP Member of NFL’s 1970s All-Decade Team Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor, Class of 1983 Pro Football Hall of Fame, Class of 1985 In 1977 Roger Staubach started a commercial real estate business called The Staubach Company. After his football career was over he ventured deeper into this new world. He applied the same level of focus, intensity, and classic Staubach touch to his new playing field and experienced immense success. In 2007 he sold his company to Jones Lang LaSalle, where he currently serves as Executive Chairman. Legacy As much as people believe in Roger Staubach, an amount that knows no end, he believes in people more. Throughout his entire life Roger Staubach has shown the same ferocity that he displayed on the football field through his unconditional love towards others. The likes of Drew Pearson, Charlie Waters, Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson, and many others have all spoken of Staubach’s endless generosity. When someone is in need, anyone, Roger Staubach dials up one of his trademark plays and finds a way to help them cross the goal line for a touchdown. So often in sports we idolize those who are capable of superhuman acts that seem impossible to us. The way football players dodge defenders, run through tackles, and leap through the air to catch touchdowns are all things that we just do not have the ability to do. Throughout his entire life Roger Staubach has done the impossible. The greatest defenders in NFL History were all left empty-handed when they chased him down. There is no doubt that he is one of the most legendary figures to ever play the game of football. What makes Roger Staubach truly admirable though, is he has always done the impossible and the possible. So many public figures, and especially athletes, lose sight of what’s important in life… not Roger Staubach. Everything about him is world class both in and out of the game of football. He is devout in his faith, a wonderful husband, a loving father and grandfather, and he gives his all in every facet of his life. If you have ever experienced the joy of watching Roger Staubach play football then you know what I’m talking about. Roger Staubach is so much more than the Greatest 12 in Dallas Cowboys History. He serves as an inspiration to us all that real-life heroes do exist. He is anything and everything that you would want him to be, both on and off the field. He is a man of faith, an American hero, an NFL legend, and a Star in everything that he’s ever done… Roger Staubach is, and will forever be, the Greatest Dallas Cowboy of All-Time. Check back tomorrow to find out who the Greatest 11 in Dallas Cowboys History is! Want to share your opinions on who should be featured on our Countdown To Kickoff? Email me at email@example.com or Tweet @rjochoa. Tell us what you think about “Cowboys CTK: Greatest Dallas Cowboy Of All-Time Roger Staubach Takes #12” in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa! ADVERTISEMENT Related Topics:Charlie WatersCountdown To KickoffRoger StaubachTom Landry Up Next Ep #20: Charean Williams Interview, DAL @ SF Wrap & Previewing Cowboys Vs. Vikings Don't Miss Cowboys CTK: Jerry Rhome Tops #13 RJ Ochoa I like long walks on the beach, mystery novels, no just kidding those suck. The Dallas Cowboys were put on this earth for us all to love and appreciate. I do that 24/7/365. I also love chicken parmesan. Let's roll. @RJOchoa if you wanna shout! Advertisement You may like Ranking the Top 10 Quarterbacks in Dallas Cowboys History Tweet Break: Dallas Cowboys Move into The Star What Roger Staubach and Jaylon Smith Have in Common Cowboys on the Clock: Morris Claiborne, #6 Overall Cowboys on the Clock: Bob Lilly, #13 Overall Beyond the Clock: Cowboys Undrafted Wonder, Cliff Harris 2 Comments http://www.facebook.com/DallasCowboyBooksBlog Fred Goodwin It was my honor and privilege to see Roger Staubach play. Being a Cowboy fan during decade of the seventies was the best, because you felt like our ‘Boys were never out of it. Just give Roger the ball and two minutes, and he’d find a way to pull it out! Five NFC Championships, two Super Bowl victories, the Hail Mary, the Miracle by the Bay, the double comeback against the Redskins — it was a magical time. RJ Ochoa Thanks for your comment, Fred! Roger was very special in everything that he did. All of his comebacks are incredible, it was such an incredible joy to relive them while I wrote this. It’s amazing how he did it all after four years serving in the Navy. You said it best. It was a magical time. Star Blog Dallas Cowboys’ 2017 Rookies Need to Avoid Sophomore Slumps Published 1 day ago on January 20, 2018 By Mauricio Rodriguez Dustin Bradford / Getty Images Right now, it’s pretty tough to predict how the 2018 Dallas Cowboys’ season will turn out. Even with Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan and Rod Marinelli all returning for next season, there’s a lot of change going on in Dallas. The Cowboys will have to deal with a lot of new position coaches as they try to get back to the top after a 9-7 season in 2017. Obviously, there are a lot of things that’ll impact the outcome of this season. Will we see a better version of Dak Prescott after a year which seemed to be his learning curve? Will Dez Bryant even be here next season? Will the front office be able to keep DeMarcus Lawrence, David Irving and Anthony Hitchens? One of those questions hasn’t been discussed much. That question is: how will the 2017 rookie class fare in their sophomore seasons? In 2016 and 2017, rookies were very important for this franchise. Two years ago, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott took the NFL by storm, ending the season with a 13-3 record and the #1 seed in the NFC. Anthony Brown looked to be the Cowboys’ future shutdown cornerback, and Maliek Collins looked very promising. Last season, the Cowboys didn’t have rookie seasons as spectacular as Dak and Zeke had in 2016 (I don’t think we’ll see anything similar in the NFL for a long time), but the rookie class ended up being a very important one for sure. After letting a lot of veteran players walk in free agency, the team went ahead and fixed the secondary by drafting Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis in consecutive rounds, and trading up to get Xavier Woods in the sixth. Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis, CB Chidobe Awuzie, S Xavier Woods (AP Photo / Ron Jenkins) Jourdan Lewis made his presence felt early in the season, while we had to wait a bit to see Chidobe Awuzie in action. Both of them had surprising rookie seasons and they truly look like the future in Dallas’ secondary. Both have shown what they’re capable of; we’ve seen them make plays and turn their heads to the ball… really, something we hadn’t seen in a long time. Ryan Switzer didn’t get a chance to play as a wide receiver that much, but he was very impressive as a returner. He still has a long way to go, but I’m betting on Switzer to remain among the NFL’s best returners for a long time. After seeing him replace Cole Beasley in the season finale, I’ll be shocked if Dallas doesn’t give him more playing time on offense next year. He deserves a more important role. Taco Charlton still has a lot to improve on, but surprisingly, he did a nice job during the final games of the season. It’s always premature to call a player a “bust” after a single season, and Taco’s been called a bust since the moment he was drafted. Let’s give him a chance. For 2017, we set the bar high for the Cowboys’ sophomores. We thought Dak Prescott would be among the best QBs in the league, that Ezekiel Elliott would pass the 2,000-yard mark, that Anthony Brown would be an ideal CB1, and that Maliek Collins could even lead the team in sacks as a defensive tackle. There are a lot of reasons this team struggled in 2017, and some of those reasons still preoccupy us when thinking about next season. The Cowboys will definitely need their 2017 rookies to continue playing quality football. It will be key if they want to leave a painful 9-7 season behind and get back to winning this year. Here’s to hoping the Cowboys’ 2018 sophomores avoid the “inevitable slumps.” In a season filled with uncertainty, they’ll sure be needed. Tell me what you think about “Dallas Cowboys’ 2017 Rookies Need to Avoid Sophomore Slumps” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys! ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Star Blog Cowboys en Español: ¿Estará Dez Bryant de Vuelta en el 2018? Published 2 days ago on January 19, 2018 By Mauricio Rodriguez Dez Bryant es ese jugador que incontables veces me hizo gritar y saltar de alegría con sus excepcionales recepciones y su manera de pelear el balón en el aire. Tantos momentos tan memorables con Tony Romo e incluso algunos con Dak Prescott lo han vuelto uno de mis jugadores favoritos… Pero ahora, después de una difícil temporada de los Dallas Cowboys, los sentimientos están encontrados. En muchos momentos, no parece que estamos viendo al Dez Bryant de antes. Claro, podemos decidir recordar esa recepción de touchdown que rompió el récord de la franquicia contra los Redskins, o esa escapada de 50 yardas en New York en la semana 14. Pero Dez no ha sido el mismo las últimas tres temporadas. Y este 2017, todos los momentos de frustración culminaron en el partido que eliminó a los Cowboys de la temporada. Cuando los Cowboys se enfrentaron a los Seattle Seahawks, un fumble acompañado por un pase soltado de Dez que resultó en una intercepción, todos nos pusimos a pensar. La cosa no es que Dez Bryant sea un mal receptor. El talento está ahí, y es fácil verlo en ciertas jugadas. A veces es visible cuando atropella a algún defensivo, a veces cuando busca el balón y consigue atraparlo de una manera impresionante. Quizá el próximo año se sacuda la mala racha que ha tenido los últimos años y encuentre una manera de ser el jugador que alguna vez fue… el problema es la cantidad de dinero que se le paga. Después de la temporada del 2014, cuando Bryant terminó el año con 16 touchdowns y más de 1,300 yardas, el receptor estrella firmó un contrato por $70M. Los Dallas Cowboys tienen frente a ellos una pregunta muy importante que resolver este offseason. ¿Deberían Deshacerse de Dez Bryant? A pesar de tener una mala racha, la razón por la cual Dallas le diría adiós a Dez es su contrato. Dez está listo para cobrar $16.5M en el 2018 y otros 16 millones y medio en el 2019. De ser cortado, los Cowboys se ahorrarían ocho millones y medio la próxima temporada. Suficiente dinero para firmar a un jugador que realmente haga impacto esta agencia libre. Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (Brad Penner / USA TODAY Sports) Normalmente, cuando hablamos de jugadores como él, hay muchos conflictos para los aficionados. Vaya, yo mismo acabo de plantear que es uno de mis jugadores favoritos, pero quizá a veces el cambio es necesario. Sí, la producción de Dez Bryant no ha sido la misma desde la última temporada que tuvo con Tony Romo. Pero ¿es eso excusa suficiente? Basta pensar en jugadores como Larry Fitzgerald y DeAndre Hopkins para darse cuenta de que no. Aún con quarterbacks mediocres, ambos se mantienen como receptores de elite en la NFL. Es cierto que Dak Prescott no es el mismo QB que Romo era, y no es un jugador que vaya a lanzar pases profundos tan frecuentemente como Tony lo hacía, pero eso tampoco significa que sea algo malo necesariamente. Este equipo le construyó un equipo a su ex-mariscal para sacarle todo el provecho al #9. Es hora de hacer lo mismo por Dak Prescott. Insisto en que los Cowboys tienen que buscar a un WR tan pronto como en la primera ronda del NFL Draft o incluso hasta en agencia libre. Los Dallas Cowboys tienen tantas cosas que hacer antes de la próxima temporada y decidir que hacer con uno de sus jugadores más emblemáticos de la actualidad, Dez Bryant, es una de ellas. ¿Les gustaría ver a Dez Bryant de vuelta en el 2018? Tell me what you think about “Cowboys en Español: ¿Estará Dez Bryant de Vuelta en el 2018?” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys! ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Star Blog Will Ryan Switzer see an Increased Offensive Role in 2018? Published 3 days ago on January 18, 2018 By Brian Martin The Dallas Cowboys clearly had a specific role in mind for Ryan Switzer when they drafted him 133rd overall in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Come to find out, that role didn’t include being involved much on the offensive side of the ball, at least not as a rookie. After watching the way the Cowboys utilized Ryan Switzer in 2017, it’s pretty obvious the sole purpose he was drafted was to improve the special-teams play in the return game. They clearly didn’t envision him being a part of the game plan on offense, despite the continuous outcry from fans. Like most rookies, Ryan Switzer didn’t really get off to a fast start, and took a while to get used to the speed of the NFL. But, once he calmed his nerves and regained his confidence, he proved to be an upgrade in the return game. Switzer ended up ranking third in kickoff returns, averaging 25 yards per return in 2017 and 12th in punt returns with almost 9 yards per return. He also became the first Dallas Cowboys player to return a punt for a touchdown since 2013. He accomplished this against the Washington Redskins, in Week 13 when he took an 83-yarder to the house. Surprisingly enough, using Ryan Switzer solely as a return specialist wasn’t enough for a lot of Cowboys Nation. A lot of fans wanted to see his talents utilized more on the offensive side of the ball as well, but were only left disappointed. Dallas Cowboys WR Ryan Switzer Getting Switzer involved in the offensive game plan just wasn’t in the cards in 2017. He only managed to catch six passes for 41 yards and rushed four times for 5 yards. This isn’t exactly what Cowboys fans envisioned after hearing Switzer was opening a lot eyes in training camp and organized team activities (OTAs). That was the main problem. He was hyped up so much heading into the season that fans expected to see him involved much more on offense. The Cowboys, on the other hand, had something else in mind, but I doubt that’s the case for the upcoming 2018 season. I really think we’re going to see an increased role for Ryan Switzer next season. The Cowboys coaching staff should have a much better understanding of his strengths and weaknesses now that he has a year in the system under his belt. And, they’ve seen firsthand how explosive he can be with the ball in his hands. What the Cowboys coaching staff will have to determine this offseason is just how big of a role Switzer will have next year. Should Switzer take Cole Beasley‘s job? Cole Beasley, like the rest of the Cowboys receivers, had a down year in 2017. We shouldn’t assume that his job is safe, especially with someone like Ryan Switzer waiting in the wings. But, is Switzer ready to take over full-time? Tough decisions will have to be made eventually, but such is life in the NFL. Will Ryan Switzer see an increased offensive role in 2018? ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Sportsbook odds for all Dallas Cowboys games Reader Survey Want to help make Inside The Star better? We’re collecting feedback from our readers about the site. It only takes <2 minutes to complete, and can be done from any device. > Take the survey now Don’t worry, your information will not be shared with anyone but me (Bryson T.). 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