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Cowboys CTK: Steve Beuerlein Makes His Way To #7

RJ Ochoa

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After a glorious day of college football, I went grocery shopping last night. The standard stuff found its way inside my cart: bananas, strawberries, a case of water, teddy grahams, and a quart of milk. Even though I’m sure that you’re now daydreaming about cinnamon teddy grahams (they’re delicious) I need you to focus on the milk. You know why? The Dallas Cowboys play a game before it expires.

That’s right. In precisely one week the Dallas Cowboys will take the field at AT&T Stadium while my milk is fresh and capable of being used in a brand new crownie recipe (still looking for one, by the way). A mere 7 days separate us from the greatest season of all… Dallas Cowboys football.

Pull up a chair and grab a glass of milk, because as we have for the last 92 days we’re going to stroll down memory lane with our Countdown To Kickoff series, and today we’re talking about the Greatest 7 in Dallas Cowboys History.

The Following Players Have All Worn 7 For The Dallas Cowboys:

  • Steve Beuerlein, QB
  • Randall Cunningham, QB
  • Martin Gramatica, K
  • Drew Henson, QB
  • Chad Hutchinson, QB
  • Stephen McGee, QB

One of the more exciting moments from yesterday came when we saw the University of Notre Dame run out of the tunnel. There is hardly anything more beautiful throughout the landscape of college football than those gold helmets glimmering under the bright lights of Notre Dame.

Those Irishmen sure do churn out some good football players. After all, last year’s rookie sensation Zack Martin played his college ball for the legendary school. Way back in 1991 another Irishman, a 4th round selection from the 1987 NFL Draft, also found himself with a Star on his hat. You can call him the Greatest 7 in Dallas Cowboys History.

Steve Beuerlein

The Greatest 8 in Dallas Cowboys History, Troy Aikman, was an incredible quarterback. Unfortunately, and contrary to popular belief, he was also mortal. After two years of nagging injuries Head Coach Jimmy Johnson decided going into 1991 that he wanted a capable backup in the event that Aikman went down.

Always a wheeler and dealer, Johnson picked up his phone and called the Los Angeles Raiders to acquire the services of Steve Beuerlein. After agreeing to the price of a fourth round draft choice, the deal was done and Beuerlein packed his bags and headed to Dallas.

1991: The Year Of Steve Beuerlein

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On November 24th, 1991 the Dallas Cowboys were playing the Washington Redskins, eventual Super Bowl XXVI Champions, at the legendary RFK Stadium. The moment that Johnson feared arrived when Aikman went down with a knee injury, but he called upon the man he knew could handle it.

Beuerlein threw a touchdown pass to the Greatest 88 in Dallas Cowboys History, Michael Irvin, in the fourth quarter that helped the Cowboys overall effort to give the Redskins their first loss of the season… for what it’s worth this Redskins squad would only lose one more game before they won the Super Bowl.

Steve remained the starter throughout the final four games of the 1991 season, streaming together wins against the Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, and Atlanta Falcons. In his four game run Beuerlein threw for 774 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions.

When the Cowboys finished the season 11-5 and were headed to Chicago to take on the Bears in the Playoffs, Aikman was healed and ready for action; however, Jimmy Johnson decided to go with the guy who had all the momentum and that was Steve Beuerlein. He put together a very nice game throwing for 180 yards and a touchdown as the Cowboys won their first playoff game in the Jerry Jones/Jimmy Johnson era.

#7: Steve Beuerlein

Even though he only suited up in the blue and silver for two seasons, Steve Beuerlein made his presence well known across Dallas Cowboys fans. His heroic effort to finish the 1991 season off strong with a playoff win helped give the team the confidence that they would use over the next four seasons when they would win three Super Bowls.

Beuerlein was a part of the 1992 Dallas Cowboys that won Super Bowl XXVII before he moved on in his NFL career elsewhere. Nowadays you can find Steve in the broadcast booth where he serves as a game analyst for CBS.

If you are not completely jacked for Dallas Cowboys football at this point then you definitely do need a crownie. Get hyped and be thankful for the Greatest 7 in Dallas Cowboys History, Steve Beuerlein.

Check back tomorrow to find out who the Greatest 6 in Dallas Cowboys History is!


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: Steve Beuerlein Makes His Way To #7" 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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Will DeMarcus Lawrence Be Franchise Tagged Again in 2019?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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DeMarcus Lawrence, Franchise Tags and Realities for Dallas Cowboys
Matthew Emmons / USA TODAY Sports

The deadline for extending players under the franchise tag has come and gone last Monday, in a day in which none of the remaining tagged players reached an agreement with their respective teams. That includes Dallas Cowboy Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence, who's set to earn $17M in 2018.

The front office and the 26-year old defensive end failed to agree to a new contract before the season's start, but we saw that coming. After all, there was never a point in which we had the classic "X player and his team are close to a new deal" headline.

All of this makes the future of the Cowboys' promising "War Daddy" very uncertain. What lies a head of the player that put on an impressive show in 2018?

Since 2017 was Lawrence's breakout year, racking up 14.5 sacks trough the season, we have leaned towards the narrative of last season being his only good one. His performance last season was impressive and clearly his best one yet, but we tend to overlook 2015.

In his sophomore season, the only other year in which he has played 16 games, he finished the campaign with eight sacks and 35 tackles (55 combined). Really, the idea of 2017 being his only good year is not as accurate as we might think.

That being said, I think it's more likely that we see another great year from him this upcoming season than seeing a disappointing one. This, of course, will end up being the main thing that determines his future in Dallas.

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Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence

The Dallas Cowboys front office really took a risk by tagging Lawrence this offseason. #90 was reportedly asking for an average of $17M per year in his long-term contract, which is Olivier Vernon kind of money.

So what if he puts a similar season or an even better one? Lawrence and his agent could end up asking for even more money. Perhaps in the 18 or 20 million dollars per year range. If that ends up being the case, the team will find itself in a tough position when trying to reach an agreement with its promising pass rusher.

Which leads us to the possibility of seeing the Cowboys franchise tagging Lawrence for the second consecutive season. Dallas will already be negotiating a contract extension with QB Dak Prescott, and things will get complicated. Even more if they decide to pursue a big-time free agent in March, such as Earl Thomas.

It would make sense, from a financial perspective, to hand the tag twice in consecutive years to D-Law. However, it shouldn't be the priority. If he plays like he did in 2017, the front office will be more than wise to extend him for good.

According to OverTheCap.com, the Cowboys will have approximately $50.6M. Seemingly, the team's cap woes will be over soon.

Fortunately, Lawrence didn't become a headache by threatening to holdout for offseason programs and even training camp. However, don't expect that to happen if he finds himself under the tag next year.

Careers in the NFL are short, so DeMarcus will surely want to get paid. If he keeps it up, he'll deserve it. As much as he deserves it, though, football is a cold business. If the Jones need to tag him, they will.

Do you think the Cowboys will franchise tag Lawrence in 2019?

Tell me what you think about "Will DeMarcus Lawrence Be Franchise Tagged Again in 2019?" 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!



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Without Looming Suspension, RB Ezekiel Elliott Should Shine In 2018

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NFL Films typically does a good job of exposing some truths around NFL teams. Whether through "Hard Knocks" or Amazon's new "All or Nothing" series, these documentaries do an excellent job of giving fans an inside look of their favorite teams.

If anything was revealed through the Cowboys' All or Nothing series on their 2017 season, it's that Ezekiel Elliott's suspension weighed heavy on his mind all year.

The Pro Bowl running back did not look, act, or play like himself while awaiting decision on his incoming suspension. And, once it was finally announced he would serve the six games, the entire team collapsed in Atlanta.

Despite the clear and detrimental effects Elliott's suspension had on the Cowboys' season, Zeke still put up more-than-respectable numbers; rushing for almost 1,000 yards and averaging a league leading 98.3 yards per game.

Now, Ezekiel Elliott enters a season with no doubts about his own availability. Scott Linehan gets to coach an offense that knows they will have their best player for the entire season barring major injury. And, Jason Garrett can lead his team without addressing questions about Elliott's future day in and day out.What Workload is Ezekiel Elliott Prepared for in 2018? 1

Of course, these effects aren't quantifiable. We can't sit here and say that without the pressure of court appearances and suspensions that Elliott will be worth "X" amount of more yards and "Y" more touchdowns.

But I do believe we can say, without question, that playing with a clear mind and without a looming suspension will breed the type of production we saw from Zeke his rookie year.

We can say that Elliott has had a weight lifted off his shoulders, and could be looking for revenge on a league he feels did him wrong.

And, for the Cowboys sake, I hope this is true. Because they are going to need Ezekiel Elliott to be even better than he ever has been if they hope to make a run at the Super Bowl in 2018.



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Cowboys en Español: El Regreso de Randy Gregory

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Randy Gregory, Eagles
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A sólo días de que los Dallas Cowboys aterricen en Oxnard, California para dar inicio a su training camp como todos los años, el equipo recibió excelentes noticias respecto a la selección de segunda ronda del 2015: Randy Gregory. Después de pasar todo el 2017 suspendido, el ala defensiva ha sido oficialmente reintegrado por la NFL.

Gregory, quien tuvo muchos problemas debido al uso de marihuana, ha pasado los últimos meses rehabilitándose para poder volver a vestir la estrella y volver al emparrillado. Los Cowboys, quienes siempre apoyaron a su joven jugador, sin duda estarán felices de verlo de vuelta en el equipo por motivos más allá que el football americano.

Sin duda alguna, antes de estar emocionados y felices por verlo en el campo intimidando a quarterbacks rivales, deberíamos estar alegres por el logro personal de Randy como un ser humano. Realmente hizo un esfuerzo consciente en un lugar en el que muchos se hubieran rendido y dejado sus sueños de ser parte de la NFL. Pero no lo hizo, y ahora, todos sus esfuerzos han valido la pena.

El siguiente paso en su lista por-hacer, es volver al campo y poco a poco, ganarse su puesto en el equipo y después, la titularidad. La última vez que vimos a Gregory en el campo, fue contra Philadelphia, en el final de temporada del 2016.

En este juego, Gregory mostró muchos destellos de lo que sería capaz de hacer semana tras semana en la liga y porque valió la pena nunca dejarlo ir, lo cual no hubiera tenido sentido hacer, dado que los Cowboys no les costaba nada (literalmente) mantenerlo en el equipo.

Sean Martin escribió un artículo recientemente en el que analiza este partido a fondo.

El potencial de Gregory es inmenso, suficiente incluso, para aventurarse a decir que se convertirá en el defensive end (ala defensiva) derecho antes de lo esperado. El reto más grande para el jugador de 25 años será regresar a una condición física óptima para la NFL.

Afortunadamente, a diferencia del 2016, Gregory no estará regresando a media temporada. Su llegada toma lugar justo a tiempo para el training camp, dándole tiempo para regresar a la forma en la que tiene que estar.

Una vez ahí, ¿qué tanto le tomará ganarse un rol más importante que el de Tyrone Crawford y Taco Charlton? A pesar de que prácticamente no lo hemos visto jugar en Dallas, sabemos el potencial que tiene para convertirse en un defensivo de suma importancia para los Cowboys.

Un año después de ver la mejor temporada en la carrera de DeMarcus Lawrence, los Cowboys tendrán el potencial de una estrella similar en el lado derecho de su línea defensiva. Gregory tiene una montaña que escalar para cumplir las expectativas de los aficionados, pero no será una sorpresa si lo logra.

Vaya, no olvidemos que si no fuera por sus problemas fuera del campo, hubiera sido seleccionado en el Top 10 del Draft del 2015. Tiene el potencial de conseguir diez sacks por temporada.

Con un poco de suerte, no nos equivocaremos en tenerle fe al jugador que ha tenido un gran viaje para llegar a este punto. El punto de ponerse el casco e ir a trabajar con su equipo.

Incluso si sólo llega a ser un jugador de rotación, sin duda será importante para el éxito del equipo. Entre DeMarcus Lawrence, David Irving, Randy Gregory y el resto del talento que los Cowboys tienen en la línea defensiva, el equipo podría tener un frente de muy buena calidad.

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