Anyone who follows the NFL on twitter, or check their website regularly had probably seen the NFL Bracketology to determine the best NFL plays ever.
For the month of March fans can go to nfl.com and pick between the 64 best plays ever to determine the fans selection of greatest play of all-time.
Of course there are a few Dallas Cowboy plays you can vote on, four to be exact. So go on and support the Dallas Cowboys.
This inspired me to make a list of my own, below I have described, in no particular order, what I think the top 5 Dallas Cowboys plays of all-time are.
Roger Staubach to Drew Pearson Hail Mary - 1975
Trailing 14 - 10 the only thing standing in the Cowboys way of defeating the Minnesota Vikings is 80 yards. Staubach is looking around desperately to find Drew Pearson. Staubach finds Pearson, Pearson caught the catch moving the Cowboys up to mid-field. There is 24 seconds left in the game and in one swift catch that looked almost effortless Pearson moved the Cowboys in to the end-zone, and in to victory. Post-game Paul Krause complained to a field judge that an interference penalty should of been called on Pearson. Vikings fans threw debris on to the field, and at the Dallas Cowboys players enraged that no penalty had been called on Pearson. Roger Staubach was quoted saying "I closed my eyes and said a Hail Mary.”
Tony Dorsett's 99-yard TD run - 1983
January 3, 1983, the Cowboys are playing the Vikings and trailing 24-13 in the fourth. Halfway between the goal line and 1-yard like Danny White took the snap and immediately Dorsett took the ball. Dorsett springs through a gap he sees between the offensive tackle and guard, suddenly he’s at the 5-yard line and there’s no defender for eight feet. It seemed effortless as he avoided the safety at the 15-yard line. Next thing you know he’s at the 30-yard line and Pearson is running in front of him trying to block remaining two defenders. Dorsett escapes and attempted wrap around swatting away the defender with his left hand. He’s at the End zone, touchdown. He spikes the ball and turns to embraces Pearson's hug.
A simple snap can save the game, and create a dynasty - 1993
It’s early January, the year is 1993 and the Dallas Cowboys are in San Francisco. Irvin tells Harper that he was taking the slot. The 49ers were not in a zone but rather in a man defense. San Francisco had clearly been anticipating a handoff to Emmitt Smith, leaving cornerback Don Griffin. Harper made a quick move inside, catching the ball at the 35 and sprinting another 46 yards before eventually being taken down at the 9-yard line. At that moment, a dynasty was born.
The Mad Bomber - 1974
It’s Thanksgiving day and the Dallas Cowboys are playing the Washington Redskins. In the days prior to the game Redskins defensive tackle, Diron Talbert expressed to the media that they were going to knock Roger Staubach out of the game. “All they have left is that rookie.” Words I’m sure he regrets saying to this day.
Cowboys are mid-field, fourth-and-6 and Drew Pearson says to the “rookie” Howard Clinton Longley “I’m going to fake inside and go deep.” Longley liked the sounds of this. Redskins corner Ken Stone was running side-by-side with Pearson. Stone must have lacked faith in the “rookies” arm because he stopped sprinting and turned to intercept the ball probably thinking there is no way this kid is throwing 60 yards. Longley dropped back 10 yards from the midfield snap and released the ball from his own 40-yard line. The perfect throw to Pearson who finds the ball and the 4-yard line and finds the end-zone making it a tackle, and a play to remember for years to come. “It was the triumph of the uncluttered mind,” said Cowboys guard Blaine Nye.
Staubach’s simple pass to Butch Johnson - 1978
There's not much to describe for this play, because it all happened so fast, and it was simple, yet spectacular. January 15, 1978, Super Bowl XII, the Cowboys lead the Denver Broncos 13-3. Dominating all game the Cowboys should have been in command, but their momentum was starting to lack putting the Redskins back in the game. One play changed the whole momentum of the game. Roger Staubach goes deep down the middle, throwing the perfect pass. Butch Johnson finds the ball, touchdown.
As we all know these are just 5 of many spectacular Dallas Cowboy plays. I wanted to take this opportunity to start a discussion with all of you readers about what play you think the best Dallas Cowboy play of all time is. Comment and let us know your favorite plays.
Should Cowboys Sign This RFA to a Contract Sheet?
Fortune favors the bold. It's a rough translation of an old Latin proverb and the mantra I believe the Dallas Cowboys should indoctrinate this offseason.
I think it's time the Dallas Cowboys start to make a few bold moves. I truly believe they are close to competing for a championship title and one or two offseason moves could increase those odds. One such move would be to sign restricted free agent (RFA) Shaquil Barrett to an offer sheet.
It's expected that the Denver Broncos will place a second-round tender on Barrett and I think the Dallas Cowboys would be wise to explore the possibility of signing him to a contract sheet. If Denver declines to match the offer, the Cowboys would then send them their second round draft pick as compensation.
You on board?
Probably not at this point, but let me try to explain why I believe this is a good move on the Cowboys part, even if it is an uncharacteristic one.
You see, the Cowboys could definitely use someone to play opposite DeMarcus Lawrence and I think Shaquil Barrett could be the solution.
I know it sounds like a lot to give up a second round draft pick, but the Cowboys have been deplorable at drafting players in the second round the past decade. Sean Lee, DeMarcus Lawrence, and possibly Jaylon Smith have really been the only "hits" the Cowboys have found in the second round. That's simply unacceptable!
So, why not use that second rounder to acquire a player who is already a proven commodity in the NFL?
I know the first thing a lot of you are going to do is to look up Shaquil Barrett's stats to see what he has accomplished in the NFL. But, stats don't always show the big picture.
You see, Barrett has been stuck behind some pretty talented pass rushers in Denver, so his statistics aren't going to jump off the paper. But, when given the opportunity he has proven he deserves a larger role. That's where the Dallas Cowboys come in.
The Broncos probably don't have the money to keep Shaquil Barrett if the Cowboys sign him to a contract sheet. It doesn't necessarily even have to be a big money contract offer. The Broncos simply don't have the salary cap to do much, especially considering they are still looking for a starting quarterback.
I honestly like the idea of the Cowboys going after Barrett. You may have forgotten, but he gave a healthy Tyron Smith fits last season.
With an injured Shane Ray, Shaquil Barrett got the start against the Cowboys in 2017 and finished the game with two quarterback hits, six QB pressures, and five stops. No other player found that kind of success against Tyron Smith all season, even when he was banged up.
Unfortunately, when Shane Ray returned, Barrett's usage on defense declined. That's why you can't always judge a players productivity by statistics. You have to judge him more on a per-snap basis, and if you do that you will discover he was very effective as both a pass rusher and run stopper.
I believe Barrett is ready for a full-time role. Yes, he has been used as a standup 3-4 OLB with the Broncos, but he has the required traits to put his hand on the ground and maintain his effectiveness.
The downside to all of this is the Dallas Cowboys would have to give up their second-round draft pick, but draft picks are sometimes overvalued anyways. Shaquil Barrett is probably better than anybody the Cowboys could draft in the second round, so I say pull the trigger.
Should the Cowboys sign Shaquil Barrett to a contract sheet?
Could a Former Division Rival be Cowboys’ LG Solution?
When it comes to prioritizing the Dallas Cowboys offseason needs, offensive guard is definitely near the top of the list. Opinions will certainly vary, but for me, solidifying the offensive line with a new starting left guard is the top priority for the Cowboys.
I know many of you will disagree and believe the Dallas Cowboys need to continue to upgrade their defense. But, this teams success or failure will be determined by how their offensive line performs. That's just the way the Cowboys are built, which is why they have invested so heavily putting this unit together.
Four out of five of the Dallas Cowboys starting offensive line is set in stone, but there is currently no one on the roster to step into the vacant left guard position unless you want to see the coaching staff give Chaz Green another try.
No, I didn't think so.
With the start of the 2018 free agency just a few weeks away, the Dallas Cowboys have certainly narrowed down some of the potential free agents they would be interested in bringing aboard if the price is right. Remember, they have turned into "bargain shoppers".
There are a few intriguing free agent options who I believe could step in to upgrade the LG position for the Cowboys next season, and not break the bank. One such option is a former division rival of the New York Giants, Justin Pugh.
The former 19th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft has spent five years in New York while playing out his rookie contract, but that time has come to an end. The Giants aren't likely to re-sign him, which means he will get his first taste of free agency.
Justin Pugh could step in and be an immediate upgrade over what the Dallas Cowboys employed at the left guard position in 2017. He has exceptional mobility. He reaches the second level with ease and plays with good body control and footwork. He is a perfect fit in a zone blocking scheme like the Cowboys employ.
Pugh is also versatile. He has played both right tackle and offensive guard for the Giants. He of course would be asked to play between Travis Frederick and Tyron Smith at LG with the Cowboys, but versatility to play another position is never a bad thing.
Unfortunately, Pugh doesn't come without baggage. He has missed a total of 13 games over the last two seasons with the Giants, including eight last season due to a back injury. This is definitely a huge red flag, especially for the Cowboys after dealing with the same issue with Tyron Smith.
But, this is why Justin Pugh will likely be in the Cowboys price range. Sportrac currently estimates his contract at 4 years at $23,983,847, which equates to $5,995,968 annually. I personally think that's a little low for someone of Pugh's caliber and versatility, but it certainly understandable when you take into account his recent injury history.
I personally think this is a longshot to happen because the Cowboys would prefer to go younger and cheaper, but it wouldn't surprise me.
Do you think Justin Pugh makes sense for the Cowboys?
Dallas Cowboys Wishlist: 2018 Free Agency Edition
Sadly, we can't wake up on Sundays to NFL football. The Dallas Cowboys are not on TV every week for us to watch them play. To make matters worse, we'll have to wait until September to get real football from our favorite team.
But that doesn't mean there's nothing to talk about until then! For the die-hard Cowboys fan, the offseason should be quite entertaining. Free agency will begin in March, and it should be an intense one for Dallas.
They need to handle a tight salary cap while trying to add a bit of help for this football team. Recently, Inside The Star Contributor John Williams wrote an in-depth piece about the Cowboys' cap situation and how they can manage to get things done, despite having little cap space right now.
Last season, I wrote a weekly Cowboys Wishlist about things I wanted to see for each game. Now there are no games, but I decided to write a special edition for this upcoming free agency.
Wish #1: Keep The Rushmen
The front office will have one hell of a challenge trying to retain all of its free agents. The two most important ones may be their two defensive linemen. If they can keep them, DL won't be a top need heading to the Draft.
Lawrence is one of the biggest names in free agency this 2018, but the Cowboys should find a way to keep him from ever being available.
If they're able to franchise tag him, that'd be the way to go since he's only had one elite season in his four-year career and they may not want to sign him to a huge long-term deal and risk not seeing the same guy next season.
David Irving is a more polarizing player, with off-the-field issues. However, he's been a very disruptive guy and he has the chance to be a unique player. His talent is really out of this world. Keeping him and Irving would give this franchise a top defensive line for the first time in many years.
Wish #2: Pay Anthony Hitchens
When healthy, Sean Lee is one of the NFL's top linebackers. He is simply an outstanding player who's always around the ball and seems to know where the ball is going before the opposing coach even calls the play.
The problem is, he has a lot of trouble remaining available. Anthony Hitchens is a guy who's found the way to step up every time the General is out, and he's shown a great progression as a player year after year.
Lee will be 32 by the time the season starts, giving Dallas something to think about. Hitchens is a guy capable of starting and competing in the NFL. If the front office finds a way to keep him, they'll be getting closer to being less "Sean Lee-dependent."
Wish #3: Get Seattle Seahawks' Earl Thomas
When we talk about a potential big name addition to the Dallas Cowboys, we're usually a bit pessimistic. This team isn't one that makes splashes like this, but Earl Thomas to Dallas makes a ton of sense. Former Seahawks' defensive coordinator is now the Cowboys' defensive backs' coach.
With Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis (and maybe Byron Jones moving to CB), this team will have a promising secondary. Add Earl Thomas, and it will go from "promising" to "great" in a heartbeat.
The Cowboys could not only have a top DL, but a top secondary if they're able to get this veteran.
Let's hope the Cowboys listen to Thomas and they go get him.
Wish #4: Get Dez Bryant to Take a Pay Cut
When I started writing this, I wanted to add a "get this wide receiver in FA"... but I won't. A few weeks ago, I wrote a case in favor and one against Dez Bryant remaining a Cowboy in 2018. Personally, I would be fine with him parting ways with the team.
However, I'm aware of how hard it can be finding a replacement for a guy like #88. The biggest issue with Dez is definitely his cap hit. He hasn't justified the money he's being paid on the field as he should be.
If they can get him to take a pay cut, it may end up being the ideal scenario for the Dallas Cowboys.
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