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Cowboys Nostalgia: Roger Staubach

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I remember growing up, playing football, merely to impress my dad. What pissed me off the most, was that everyone was so much better then me.

You always had that one guy, whose looks pierced the hearts of class cheerleaders, whose talent long surpassed the extent that mine would ever reach. Subconsciously, you envied that guy, but you were thrilled that he was on your side.

That guy in someone else's world evolved into one that became the face of America's Team. Roger Staubach was Tom Landry's "guy" so to speak in the early years of this evolving franchise. A man of man names-Captain comeback, Roger the Dodger, and Captain America, Roger lived up to all these names. His play was matchless, His heart was invigorating, but his passion and desire to win, that defined him.

Roger was a navy and Vietnam veteran, and drafted in the 10th round of the NFL draft in 1964. Staubach became in instant crutch to the Cowboy's offense in week 8 of his rookie season when he took over full time duties ahead of Craig Morton. Staubach would take the Cowboys for 10 straight wins and a Super Bowl Victory over the Miami Dolphins.

Roger, a six time Pro-Bowler, lived up to his nicknames of Roger the Dodger and Captain comeback by his incredible scrambling abilities and his uncanny ability to orchestrate fourth quarter comebacks. Roger's leadership was the kick starter to the careers of Bullet-Bob Hayes and Drew Pearson. He was a gunslinger who had the vision and speed to make the meanest of defensive players cringe.

With two Super Bowl victories it is undeniable that Roger is a player that always gave hope, you might not like this, but a similar player still holds that position today. One remarkable credit due to Roger is the invention of the "Hail Mary" pass. In 1975, in a game versus Minnesota, Staubach launched a 50 yard bomb to WR Drew Pearson for a TD to in the game in the last seconds to win the game. Afterwards he joked that he prayed a "Hail Mary" during the play.

Career accomplishments of Roger include:

  • Pro Bowl Selection Six Times
  • 4-Time NFL Passing Champion
  • Super Bowl MVP
  • Won two Super Bowl Titles
  • Won Five NFC Titles
  • Won Seven Division Titles
  • Named NFL MVP
  • Named to the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor (1983)
  • Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1985)

Roger completed his career with 1,685 completions for 22,700 yards and 153 touchdowns, with 109 interceptions. Blazing 2,264 rushing yards and scored 21 touchdowns on a amazing 410 attempts.

As we progress through the days, it will be hard to ever see a player with the leadership, skill, and heart that Captain America played with. His impact on the Cowboys was comparable to that of many of their other legends, but his greatest impact is the impact he made on the NFL as an Off the Field gentlemen and an On the Field perfectionist. His intelligence simply manhandled teams and we as Cowboys fans should honor the great things he's done to the development of the Cowboys.



Former Sports Writer. Veteran. Serving veterans is my passion. Johns Hopkins Student. Enjoy Discussing Politics and sports!

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  • Long Ball

    Bryan, enjoyed your article as Roger was a hero of mine as well; however, I must correct your statement “Roger’s leadership was the kick starter to the careers of Bullet-Bob Hayes and Drew Pearson.” Bob Hayes’ first year with the Cowboys was 1965 — Don Meredith was quarterback, then followed by Craig Morton. Here are Hayes’ statistics with the Cowboys (he played for the 49’ers in 1975) by year:
    Year Rec Yards Avg TD
    1965 46 1,003 21.8 12
    1966 64 1,232 19.3 13
    1967 49 998 20.4 10
    1968 53 909 17.2 10
    1969 40 746 18.7 4
    1970 34 889 26.1 10
    1971 35 840 24.0 8
    1972 15 200 13.3 0
    1973 22 360 16.4 3
    1974 7 118 16.9 1
    Roger did not become the starting quarterback on a full-time basis until the 8th game of the 1971 season — Hayes’ best years were from 1965 to 1971, hardly a “kick-start”. Still, I enjoyed your article.

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Can QB Dak Prescott Steal Back His Mojo From Atlanta?

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Can Dak Prescott Regain His Mojo Against Atlanta?
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When the Dallas Cowboys last traveled to Mercedes-Benz Stadium they were completely throttled by the Atlanta Falcons. It's a game a lot of Cowboys Nation would like to forget, but no one more so than Quarterback Dak Prescott. That game could very well be where his struggles really began.

It's almost exactly a year later and the Dallas Cowboys still find themselves haunted by that brutal beating the Atlanta Falcons handed them in Week 10 of the 2017 season. The Cowboys seemed to lose all confidence in themselves after that game, but it was almost as if it was the exact point in time where Dak Prescott lost all of his mojo as well.

Before that match up against the Falcons, Prescott was still playing at a pretty high level. But since then, he has been in a slump and there have been very few signs of recapturing any of that magic he once had. Heading back to Atlanta maybe the key for him finding and stealing back his mojo.

Things could definitely go a little differently this time around. The Cowboys will have Ezekiel Elliott and Tyron Smith in the lineup this week. Zeke missed the game last year due to the league mandated six-game suspension, and Tyron missed due to an injury. Having those two back in the lineup could pay huge dividends, especially for Prescott.

Without his starting left tackle and running back, Dak was pretty much beaten to a pulp by the Falcons defense a year ago. They applied relentless pressure, hitting and sacking him on a number of occasions. Unfortunately, I think that's where he started seeing ghost in the pocket and its haunted him ever since.

Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

The beating he took at the hands of the Falcons has really thrown off his entire game. His mechanics, accuracy, and effectiveness as a scrambler can all be traced back to that one matchup. He just hasn't been the same QB he was prior to that game.

Prescott's stats prior to the Falcons game:

24 starts
66.7 completion percentage
102.4 passer rating

Prescott's stats since the Falcons game:

17 starts
63.3 completion percentage
83.1 passer rating

As you can see, that's a notable difference. His passer rating has shockingly dropped nearly 20 points since last playing the Falcons and it's really hurt the entire offensive production. It's time for that to change.

Prescott has no choice this week. He has to get back up on the horse that bucked him off and hopefully regain that mojo he left in Atlanta a year ago. Fortunately for him, his confidence might be is as high as it's been since that last meeting after pulling off the upset against the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

Now, he just has to go out and prove it!

Do you think Dak Prescott can regain his mojo against the Atlanta Falcons?



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How Cowboys Could Regain a 2019 1st-Round Draft Pick

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Cowboys Headlines - 5 Cowboys Players That Could Be Traded
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The Dallas Cowboys are currently without a 2019 first-round draft pick after acquiring Wide Receiver Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders, but what if I were to tell you there was a way to regain another first-rounder? Well, with a little outside the box thinking I think there could be a way to accomplish just that.

It's completely hypothetical, but I think the Dallas Cowboys could possibly regain a first-round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft with little finagling and good luck. Everything would have to fall into place perfectly, but I think it's definitely doable.

Remember, this is completely hypothetical with a lot of "what if's" involved, but the Cowboys could regain what they lost acquiring Amari Cooper and come out of it no worse for wear. I think there are a lot of different scenarios that could accomplish this feat, but only one of them that doesn't hurt the team in my opinion and it centers around Right Tackle La'el Collins.

I know you're probably going to think I'm crazy, but I think the Dallas Cowboys could possibly land a 2019 first-round draft pick if they decided to trade away RT La'el Collins. Trust me, I wouldn't suggest this if I didn't think there was somebody capable of stepping in and playing just as well.

Enter Connor Williams.

Connor Williams

Dallas Cowboys LG Connor Williams

I always believed Connor Williams' best position in the NFL was at right tackle, not on the inside at guard. And yes, I was one of those advocating for Williams to play RT and Collins to move back to LG before the 2018 season started. I thought that gave the Cowboys their best starting five.

Williams has been serviceable at LG this season, but has been overpowered at times. His athletic ability would've been much better served on the outside at tackle, which is where I would play him next season, making La'el Collins expendable.

Again, I know what you're thinking. If you move Williams to RT and trade Collins, there is now a void at LG. Well, that's where Xavier Su'a-Filo comes into play. He is coming off a fantastic performance against the Philadelphia Eagles and a lot of Cowboys Nation is already advocating that he remains the starter over Connor Williams.

If Su'a-Filo can maintain the same level play he did against the Eagles, he probably remains the starter for the rest of the 2018 season. If this is indeed what happens, he could end up being the starter once again next season, making my plan of trading La'el Collins more feasible.

Were you able to follow all of that?

Keep Xavier Su'a-Filo at left guard

Move Connor Williams to right tackle

Trade La'el Collins

Like I said, this is all hypothetical, but something that could feasibly happen. Now we just have to wait and see if Xavier Su'a-Filo can continue to play like he did last week, because without him sticking at left guard none of this is possible.

I told you it was some out-of-the-box thinking.

Would you go along with the scenario to regain a 2019 first-round draft pick?



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Should Cowboys Stick With Xavier Su’a-Filo at Left Guard?

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Should Cowboys Stick With Xavier Su'a-Filo at Left Guard? 1

Don't look now, but we may have another Ron Leary/La'el Collins situation unfolding before our eyes with Xavier Su'a-Filo and Connor Williams. Who ends up starting at left guard for the Dallas Cowboys the rest of the 2018 season is up in the air right now, but might not be for long.

Remember a few years ago when La'el Collins started the season at left guard for the Dallas Cowboys, but then had to miss time due to a toe injury. Ronald Leary took over during his absence and never looked back. It even earned him a big payday with the Denver Broncos.

Déjà vu anyone?

Yes, I'm talking about the hot topic of the hour as to whether or not the Dallas Cowboys should stick with Xavier Su'a-Filo at left guard or reinsert Connor Williams once he is healthy enough to return to the lineup? As with any debate, there are two sides of the coin.

Honestly, I can make an argument for both sides here. These are two different players and both have their own strengths and weaknesses. Su'a-Filo isn't as agile as Williams and relies more on his strength and power, whereas Williams is almost the complete opposite. Depending what the Cowboys coaching staff wants out of their LG, either player makes sense.

Xavier Su'a-Filo

Dallas Cowboys LG Xavier Su'a-Filo

I could go into a long debate as to who I believe the Cowboys should start at LG moving forward, but I think that would be a waste of our time. I think this is a situation that will work itself out one way or another this week against the Atlanta Falcons.

Nothing is set in stone right now, but I have a hard time seeing Connor Williams being ready to play this week after having knee surgery. It would be unwise to rush him back before he's 100% healthy, especially after the way Su'a-Filo preformed against the Eagles. And if Su'a-Filo plays well once again, Williams may not get his starting job back.

See, I told you it was looking like a Ronald Leary/La'el Collins situation all over again.

This is a situation that many of us will be following closely this week and it may not only have ramifications on the rest of the 2018 season, but it could carry over into next year. Maybe Xavier Su'a-Filo remains at LG next year and Connor Williams moves to his more natural position (right tackle), making La'el Collins expendable. But that's a debate for another time.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys should stick with Xavier Su'a-Filo at LG?



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