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Cowboys CTK: Mike Gaechter Sprints To #27

RJ Ochoa

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Back in high school I ran for student body president. My campaign centered around one main idea – if elected I would abolish Mondays from the school week and ensure three day weekends for everyone.

Unfortunately I lost and we all have to get the week going on Monday. This can be good news though, and today it means that we find ourselves 24 hours closer to the 2015 regular season. In fact, exactly four weeks from today you’ll be procrastinating work and figuring out your dinner plans for Monday Night Football!

One day before that the Cowboys will begin their quest for Super Bowl 50 against the New York Giants. That moment is 27 days away and we’re going to continue our Countdown To Kickoff series highlighting the Greatest 27 in Dallas Cowboys History.

The Following Players Have All Worn 27 For The Dallas Cowboys:

  • Courtney Brown, S
  • Mario Edwards, CB
  • Thomas Everett, FS
  • Ron Fellows, CB
  • Eric Frampton, CB
  • Mike Gaechter, CB/SS
  • Eddie George, RB
  • Tommy Haynes, CB
  • Keylon Kincade, RB
  • Singor Mobley, CB
  • Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, CB
  • Curvin Richards, RB
  • Bill Thomas, RB
  • Greg Tremble, CB
  • J.J. Wilcox*, S
  • C.J. Wilson, CB

*Active player on the Dallas Cowboys roster

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony took place a little over a week ago out in Canton, Ohio. Among the members of the Class of 2015 was one of the finest centers to ever play the game, Minnesota Vikings Center Mick Tingelhoff.

The newest bust in Canton wasn’t even drafted in 1962, but still managed to put together a Hall of Fame resume. There were two other players that went undrafted that would find their way into the NFL… and specifically the Dallas Cowboys.

In 1962 The Greatest 34 in Dallas Cowboys History, Cornell Green, was signed to America’s Team after never having played football. The other? Well he was a University of Oregon Duck who ran track with another Pro Football Hall of Famer, Mel Renfro, that would go on to become the Greatest 27 in Dallas Cowboys History.

Mike Gaechter

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Undrafted rookies can go on to do amazing things in the NFL. Take a look at current Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, he went undrafted and has become one of the top tier gunslingers in football.

When the Dallas Cowboys signed Mike Gaechter as an undrafted free agent in 1962 they saw results right away, specifically in Week 5 of his rookie year the Cowboys hosted the division rival Philadelphia Eagles at the Cotton Bowl.

Late in the fourth quarter Philly QB King Hill dropped back and threw towards the endzone. ‘Ol Mike Gaechter picked it off and ran it back - 100 yards for the score.

Gaechter The Strong Safety

The track background that fellow Duck Mel Renfro had helped him transition well to the cornerback position in the NFL. While track teammates at Oregon, the scampering Mike Gaechter was more cut out for the strong safety spot.

In 1963 he made the move and quickly developed a reputation as one of the more feared safeties in the league. In fact, in the 1966 NFL Championship Game Gaechter laid some serious wood on Boyd Dowler of the Green Bay Packers. Two weeks later in Super Bowl I Dowler was limited which allowed Max McGee to help lead the Pack to victory… despite a raging hangover (that’s a story for another day!).

#27: Mike Gaechter

The Dallas defense of the 1960s had 108 games influenced by the skills of Mike Gaechter. His 21 career interceptions are good for 13th in franchise history, and his 100-yard interception return was the longest in franchise history until Bryan McCann broke it in 2010.

Mike Gaechter helped the Dallas Cowboys last until the 1970s when the NFL merger happened and they really established themselves as one of the league’s most elite teams. His contributions are enough to establish Mike Gaechter as the Greatest 27 in Dallas Cowboys History.

Check back tomorrow to find out who the Greatest 26 in Dallas Cowboys History is!

 

UPDATE:

Tragically Mike Gaechter died as a result of heart failure on Monday, August 17th, at his home in Dallas. All of our thoughts and prayers here at Inside The Star are with his family during this time.


Want to share your opinions on who should be featured on our Countdown To Kickoff? Email me at rjochoa@insidethestar.com or Tweet @rjochoa.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys CTK: Mike Gaechter Sprints To #27" in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!



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!

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Malik McDowell Is Well Worth The Risk For The Dallas Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly brining defensive lineman Malik McDowell into The Star this week for a visit, as they decide whether or not to potentially sign him for the 2019 season.

McDowell is a former second round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, who fell to day two because of what scouts call "off the field" or "character" concerns. McDowell did not last long with Seahawks, as he was released in 2017 following an ATV accident in which he reportedly suffered "extensive brain and eye trauma" according to Charles Robinson.

None of us know much about who Malik McDowell is as a person, or what concerns their really should be with his health. But what I do know is that on tape at Michigan State, McDowell was a top 5-10 player in the 2017 draft class. He was a stud, and has the traits to continue to be a stud in the NFL.

2017 NFL Draft: Scouting Michigan State DL Malik McDowell - Slant Sports

The 2017 NFL Draft is chock full of talented, athletic, and productive defensive linemen. While most of the draft pundits have focused on EDGE rushers thus far, the defensive tackle class also possesses some of this year's top NFL prospects. Arguably the best of those defensive tackles is Michigan State's Malik McDowell.

Back in 2017 I wrote a full scouting report on McDowell, detailing why he earned such a high grade on my board. McDowell is a versatile linemen who is explosive off the ball, powerful and rangy against the run, and a skilled pass rusher who plays with a high motor. What more could you really ask for?

"McDowell is a patient pass rusher at times, setting up the blocker how he likes and then beating them with ease. McDowell’s ability to swipe hands off helps him greatly, but his quick swim is his most effective pass rush move.

On this play he uses that swim to perfection, forcing the center to power down to the right before swimming back to the other side."

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When the Spartans went to a three man pass rushing front, McDowell moved to the EDGE often and made plays with his quick, active hands and impressive swim move. He was much more impressive on the interior, however, and could be a direct replacement for David Irving as an explosive and powerful 3-technique for the Cowboys.

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I love that the Cowboys are bringing McDowell in for a free agent visit. His price will likely be low, as he is yet to play in an NFL game over the last two years, but his ceiling remains very high if he is healthy. It's rare for a player with his college production, natural ability, and measurables to completely fail in the NFL.

Maybe all McDowell needs is a second chance to get his head right and prove that he belongs in the league. Maybe he flames out quickly and can't get on the field due to "off the field" stuff. Or, maybe he simply isn't healthy enough to contribute as an NFL player. Regardless, for the price he'll likely command, McDowell is well worth the risk if the Cowboys are willing to take it.



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Though Not A Direct Beasley Replacement, Randall Cobb Would Bring Value To Cowboys’ Offense

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Not A Direct Beasley Replacement, Randall Cobb Would Bring Value To Cowboys' Offense

When the news broke Monday that veteran wide receiver Randall Cobb was visiting the Dallas Cowboys, most immediately assumed he would be a logical replacement for the departed Cole Beasley.

When you take a look at the film and each of their skillsets, however, you quickly see this is likely not the case.

While Cobb would be able to play in the slot as a receiver for the Cowboys if he signs, his value extends much further than just a slot receiver. Where Beasley makes his mark with precise route running, short area quickness, and 3rd down reliability, Cobb is much more of a threat after the catch. He's not the route runner that Beasley is, and really isn't an upgrade over Beasley as a receiver, but Cobb would be able to help the Cowboys' become more diverse in their offensive schemes.

Similar to Tavon Austin, Randall Cobb can be used in pre snap motion and jet-sweep packages, as well as a traditional running back. A college quarterback, Cobb's versatility is what makes him so attractive to NFL teams. Cobb would actually fit more of the Lance Dunbar "scat back" role of sorts for the Cowboys than that of the Cole Beasley slot receiver role. His versatility, however, allows him to carve out a lane within the offense which they haven't quite had before.

Another area Cobb could help the Cowboys is when the play breaks down. With experience in the Packers offense playing with arguably the greatest improviser we've ever seen in Aaron Rodgers, Cobb would be able to help Dak Prescott down the field when he breaks the pocket and the play is off schedule.

So often last season we talked about how the Cowboys offense is reliant on remaining on schedule, staying in front of the chains and not having to force the ball downfield. Unleashing the Mississippi State version of Dak Prescott, where he can improvise and use his legs to create big plays, tends to be when this offense is at its best, however.

Randall Cobb won't be a Pro Bowler if the Cowboys sign him, and depending on the money he receives, it might not even be a lock that he makes the final roster. But Cobb would be an exciting addition to a Cowboys offense which has lacked "creativity" over the last few seasons, and is looking to reinvent themselves to a certain extent.

A receiving corps headlined by Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, with versatile weapons such as Cobb and Tavon Austin behind them, is a pretty good one to head into draft day with.

Signing Cobb would keep the Cowboys from "needing" to take a wide receiver early in the draft, and would allow them to easily shed Allen Hurns if a receiving weapon did fall to them at 58th overall.



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Should Cowboys Inquire About Trading for 49ers DL Solomon Thomas?

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When it comes to making trades, the Dallas Cowboys are typically the buyer and not the seller. They proved that last season when they acquired Tavon Austin, Jamize Olawale, and Jihad Ward via trade and could be looking do the same once again this offseason. That's why today I want to talk about the Cowboys putting in a call to the San Francisco 49ers to inquire about potentially trading for Solomon Thomas.

New 49ers Defensive Line Coach Kris Kocurek is rumored to be evaluating Solomon Thomas' film in order to determine his fit and future with the organization moving forward. This is no easy task. In his two years in the league they've tried Thomas at DE and DT, but unfortunately the former No. 3 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft has yet to find his footing at either position.

Being a man without a position doesn't bode well for Solomon Thomas, especially after the 49ers acquired Defensive End Dee Ford from the Kansas City Chiefs last week via trade. The 49ers are suddenly stacked along the defensive line. That's not all though, things could actually get worse for Thomas.

To further complicate matters, the 49ers could use their second overall pick in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft on the either Nick Bosa or Quinnen Williams. If that's what indeed happens, someone is going to be the odd man out. If you haven't guessed it yet, I think that player could be Solomon Thomas.

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San Francisco 49ers DL Solomon Thomas

As a former high first-round draft pick, Thomas would count $7,678,468 against the salary cap in 2019 and $8,958,213 in 2020. That's probably more than the 49ers want to pay for a rotational/backup defensive lineman. And cutting him this season would create $16.6 million in dead money, so a trade is the logical solution.

With all that in mind, it wouldn't surprise me if San Francisco put Solomon Thomas on the trade block any day now. He is only two years into his four-year rookie deal and comes with a fifth-year option as a former first-round draft pick. That means if a team does trade for him they have him under contract for essentially three more years.

If you add all of this up, it makes a lot of sense for the Dallas Cowboys. They need defensive line help and Solomon Thomas needs a fresh start. The Cowboys would get a young versatile defensive lineman and the 49ers get to dump his contract while also receiving some compensation in return. It's a win-win for all parties concerned.

I know what you're thinking though. What would the Cowboys have to give up in the trade? Well, it might not be as much as you think.

Fortunately, Thomas' failure to make an impact his first two years in the NFL favor the buyer, in this case the Dallas Cowboys. He has only four career quarterback sacks, three of which came in his rookie season. Stats of course don't always tell the entire story, but game film does. Unfortunately for Thomas, he can't escape his poor play.

I believe it wouldn't take more than a 2019 fourth-round draft pick to get Solomon Thomas away from the 49ers. Remember, just last season the New England Patriots sent a third-round draft pick to San Francisco and received Offensive Tackle Trent Brown and the fifth-round pick in return. Brown was a more proven player and was in the last year of his contract.

I don't know about you, but I kind of like the idea of Solomon Thomas in a Dallas Cowboys uniform. If anybody can tap into his potential, Rod Marinelli can. Giving up a 2019 fourth-round pick is well worth the gamble in my opinion.

Do you think the Cowboys should inquire about trading for Solomon Thomas?



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