Welcome to another Hump Day here at Inside The Star!
The Cowboys will square off for the Governor’s Cup tomorrow against the Houston Texans in the preseason finale, but as it stands we are currently 11 days away from putting the shoulder pads on and going out there for real!
To keep in rhythm with the beat of the Countdown To Kickoff series that we’ve been playing for the last few months, we are going to commemorate that with the Greatest 11 in Dallas Cowboys History.
Dancing is encouraged.
The Following Players Have All Worn 11 For The Dallas Cowboys:
*Active player on the Dallas Cowboys Roster
+Active player on the Dallas Cowboys Staff
There is something about multi-tools that speaks to the general public. The ability to manage multiple things with an object is a point of convenience that we all like in our lives. The “Swiss army knife” of life is what we’re all looking for, isn’t it?
Dual-threats are such a popular thing in the NFL nowadays. Running backs are coveted because they can run hard AND catch passes out of the backfield. If you’ve kept up with the Houston Texans this preseason they’re using a defensive back at the running back position. Two positions! That’s crazy!
One of the more famous dual-position players for the Dallas Cowboys has been Deion Sanders. Primetime played corner and dabbled a little bit at receiver. As great as he was, there is another dual-position player in Dallas Cowboys History that trumps him.
After a failed third down conversion most quarterbacks trot back to the bench, dejected with their inability to move the chains. The Greatest 11 in Dallas Cowboys History stayed out on the field, booming punts after his quarterback duties were finished for that series.
Wilford Daniel White wasn’t too impressive of a quarterback prospect in high school, but man could he play some baseball. Frank Kush, head football coach at Arizona State University, convinced the school’s baseball coach, Bobby Winkles, to offer White a baseball scholarship and allow him to play punter on the football team. Punter, seriously?
The foot of Danny White was spectacular, but his arm wasn’t a fluke. White managed to earn the starting gig for the Sun Devils in the middle of his sophomore season. He was one of the finer quarterbacks AND punters in ASU history.
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Danny White was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1974 draft, but Tom Landry and Co. were primarily interested in his services as a punter. Wanting to play quarterback, White signed with the Memphis Southmen of the World Football League.
In 1976 the WFL folded and Danny White still wanted to play some pigskin… whether he had to throw it or punt it. He joined the Dallas Cowboys to back up star quarterback Roger Staubach and boom punts downfield when need be.
QB1: Danny White
When the Greatest 12/Cowboy in Dallas Cowboys History, Roger Staubach, retired after the 1979 season fans were wondering how the franchise could possible move on. Tom Landry knew how.
White took over for Captain America as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys when the 1980 season kicked off, and he made the overall transition pretty seamless. Danny Boy threw for over 3,000 yards in his first season and also averaged over 40 yards per punt! How cool is that?
Danny White quarterbacked the Dallas Cowboys to high levels of success in each of his first three seasons under center. He took America’s Team to three straight NFC Championship Games from 1980-1982, but unfortunately lost all three times.
The thing that is particularly incredible about Danny White is that he did all of this with an enormous amount of pressure on him. Besides managing double duties with quarterbacking and punting through 1984, Danny White was following a legend at the position. While the San Francisco 49ers are rightfully regarded as the dynasty of the 1980s, Danny White kept the Cowboys highly competitive in the National Football League for the early part of the decade, which is highly impressive.
#11: Danny White
Danny earned a trip to the Pro Bowl in 1982, but his finest statistical season came in 1983 when he posted 3,980 yards and 29 touchdowns. Keep in mind you kids who are into fantasy football, at this point in NFL History 4,000 yards was very difficult to achieve.
Danny White’s career statistics are pretty impressive within Dallas Cowboys History:
- 166 Games Played (1st among quarterbacks)
- 62 wins (4th among quarterbacks behind Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach, and Tony Romo)
- 1,761 completions (3rd in Dallas Cowboys History)
- 21,959 yards (4th in Dallas Cowboys History behind Tony Romo, Troy Aikman, and Roger Staubach)
- 155 passing touchdowns (3rd in Dallas Cowboys History behind Tony Romo and Troy Aikman)
- 610 punts (1st in Dallas Cowboys History)
- 24,509 career punt yards (2nd in Dallas Cowboys History behind Mike Saxon)
The career of Danny White is one of the more undervalued ones in Dallas Cowboys History. What he accomplished in his time as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys is nothing short of spectacular.
Danny White is undoubtedly the Greatest 11 in Dallas Cowboys History.
Check back tomorrow to find out who the Greatest 10 in Dallas Cowboys History is!
Starters Make Cowboys Serious Contenders, But Depth is a Concern
Playing in the National Football Conference, the Dallas Cowboys have a difficult task ahead of them if they are to be serious Super Bowl contenders. Even still, they've become a very underrated football team due to their 9-7 record last season. The Cowboys struggled in many areas and with the Philadelphia Eagles crowned as Super Bowl Champions, everyone has forgotten about America's Team.
2017 was an awful year for the Cowboys. It seemed like a roller coaster of success, putting up an impressive performance one week only to disappoint the next one. Let's be honest with ourselves here and talk about what really ended the Cowboys' last season.
As much as we talk about how there shouldn't be any excuses in football - the Eagles made a huge statement by winning it all with a backup QB and other key starters missing - we can't deny the impact of these injuries.
Anthony Hitchens, Sean Lee, Tyron Smith and Ezekiel Elliott all missed some time last year, affecting the team's performance week in and week out. Had the starters been healthy, the truth is this team would've been in the playoffs.
Heading into 2018, the Cowboys will face a very similar situation. This year, starters make Dallas a serious contender. Even if they're playing in a conference that will feature a lot of quality teams, the Cowboys are a team that could beat any team in the league if healthy.
Even the dreaded wide receiver position - which has been famous this offseason for the lack of a #1 receiver - won't be as bad as we make it out to be starter-wise. A starting trio of Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup and Cole Beasley doesn't really sound bad.
Heck, not even Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods starting at safety is concerning. They have what it takes to be decent starters. Sure, Heath isn't a guy who will make the Pro Bowl, but his skills will show on the field once the season starts in September.
The Cowboys' starters will do just fine this season. If the team's fate is up to them, they are in a very good spot. The same can not be said about depth, though.
Except for the defensive line, every other position lacks depth. If Sean Lee goes down, the linebackers stop looking like a three-headed monster. Same goes for the cornerbacks. Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis seem like a good group but as soon as one of them suffers an injury, the Cowboys will be in trouble.
We're in for an exciting season with a lot of young talent waiting to breakout. The Cowboys are underrated this year. They may not be among the NFC's favorites, but they truly have what it takes to replicate the success they had in 2016. However, it seems like circumstances have to be ideal for them to make a run for the Lombardi Trophy.
With a little bit of luck, they'll bounce back this season.
The Dallas Cowboys WR Position Battle is Heating Up
Earning a spot on the Dallas Cowboys final 53-man roster is going to be a lot tougher in 2018 then it has been in years past. There is no shortage of position battles taking place right now to earn one of those coveted openings, but it's the battle taking place at receiver that's gaining steam and starting to heat up.
The ultimate unknown right now is how many wide receivers the Dallas Cowboys choose to carry on their 53-man roster this season. Last year they decided to carry six, but they have been known to carry just five. Unfortunately, this means they will have to release some talented players and risk losing them to another team.
As things stand right now there may just be one, possibly two, roster spots up for grabs. I think the only thing we know for sure right now is Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin are the only WRs who can feel secure their jobs are safe for 2018. Everybody else is playing a game of Survivor, just hoping their name isn't the one written down and their torch isn't snuffed out.
Terrance Williams' flame may be safe due to his current contract. The Dallas Cowboys can't save anything by releasing him, but it doesn't cost them that much either. It's unlikely he has a future with the team, so if someone were to prove themselves more worthy, his flame could be extinguished.
Last season I thought Noah Brown was ready to unseat Williams, but that never really materialized. Unfortunately, Brown hasn't really shown up as much as I thought he would this offseason, and missing the game against the San Francisco 49ers last week didn't do him any favors either. This doesn't bode well for him moving forward.
Deonte Thompson was signed as a free agent to provide some veteran experience and speed to the passing game, but that in no way means his job is secure. He needs to do something to show up a little more because his age and salary means a younger up-and-coming WR could make him expendable.
Second-year WR Lance Lenoir Jr. might just be the receiver who has stirred things up the most. He has not only created a buzz for himself in offseason practices, but he was able to carry it over into the preseason last week against the 49ers. His arrow trajectory is definitely pointing upwards.
I'd definitely hate to be the one to decide who stays and who goes when final cuts are made. It's not going to be an easy decision to make, because the outcome will definitely have an impact on the team's success this year.
All of these players were brought into help Quarterback Dak Prescott and the passing game reach new heights, so making the wrong move could be detrimental. The number of wide receivers and who the Dallas Cowboys decide to keep might be the most important decision they make before the season starts.
How would you predict the Dallas Cowboys WR position battle turning out?
Any Concern About Dan Bailey Not Playing Against 49ers?
With all the excitement of the Dallas Cowboys finally playing in a game last week against the San Francisco 49ers, it may have escaped your attention that Dan Bailey remained on the sideline the entire time. He didn't attempt one field goal or kick off once last Thursday, which in my opinion is a little concerning.
Dan Bailey joined Ezekiel Elliott and Sean Lee on the sideline as a healthy scratch last week. The decision to sit both Zeke and Sean Lee makes sense due to the physical demands of their positions, but sitting Bailey was a bit of a head scratcher. After all, it's not like he plays a physically demanding position like the other two.
I know. I know. Dan Bailey is an integral part for the Cowboys success moving forward. I'm not arguing that he's not, but after sitting out the majority of the 2017 season with a groin injury and lingering concerns about his health this year, not playing him at all against the 49ers is a bit confusing.
I don't believe there is any kind of kicking competition between Dan Bailey and Brett Maher, who handled all of the kicking duties against the 49ers last Thursday. Bailey will be the Cowboys kicker when the 2018 season gets underway in just a few short weeks. But, the question remains… Why didn't he receive any playing time?
Dan Bailey was never quite the same last season once he returned from his injury. Something was off and I don't know if it was more mental or physical, maybe a little of both. He just wasn't splitting the uprights like his normal self.
Unfortunately, we have seen this kind of thing happen in the past with one of the Cowboys kickers. Nick Folk went through a similar situation with an injury and never really bounced back. I'm just hoping history doesn't repeat itself.
Obviously, the Dallas Cowboys know more about what's going on with Dan Bailey than I do. But, you would think they'd have allowed him to attempt a field goal or at least an extra point in a game situation to build up his confidence once again. It's what I would have done.
Hopefully I'm just being a little paranoid and I'm reading more into this than there actually is. But, the fact I haven't heard any reasoning as to why Dan Bailey was held out last week is sitting a little uneasy with me. I'm just hoping it was precautionary in order to keep him as healthy as possible for the upcoming season.
Should we be concerned Dan Bailey was a healthy scratch last week?
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