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Double EntANDRIE: George Andrie Is Easily Greatest #66

RJ Ochoa

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There are officially 66 days until the toe meets the ball at AT&T Stadium where the Dallas Cowboys will host the New York Giants on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

Thank God for another Thursday! We’re just 24 hours away from our favorite day Friday, and we’re only 66 days away from Dallas Cowboys Football! What possible way could we celebrate? Well we could officially dub today “RJ Ochoa Day”, you can convince my chef cousin to make me baby back ribs every day of my life, or we could all chip in and buy Mark Cuban a snow cone…he probably needs one after yesterday. I think our best bet is to stick to what we know, and that’s counting down Cowboys. Today we’re going to talk about the Greatest 66 in Dallas Cowboys History.

The following players have all worn 66 for the Dallas Cowboys:

  • George Andrie, DE
  • Jesse Baker, DE
  • Ken Bishop*, DT
  • Ben Fricke, C
  • Clifton Geathers, DE
  • Kevin Gogan, OG
  • Ed Husmann, DT
  • Tony Hutson, OG
  • Tank Johnson, DT
  • Burton Lawless, OG
  • Jeremy McKinney, OG
  • Jay Ratliff, DT
  • Brian Schaefering, DT
  • Chris Schultz, OT
  • Norm Wells, DT

*Active player on the Dallas Cowboys roster

The jersey numbers have all been fun to evaluate, but the 70s and 60s have an extra sense of interest to them. Both offensive and defensive players have worn all twenty of these numbers, as you can see by the list of players to wear 66. Today’s victor came down to one of each, Defensive End George Andrie and Offensive Guard Kevin Gogan.

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Kevin Gogan was taken in the 8th round of the 1987 NFL Draft. His drafting came at a time when the Cowboys’ front office was making a shift in terms of what they looked for in an offensive lineman. While a player’s speed and athleticism (think about our Greatest 70 in Dallas Cowboys History, Rayfield Wright) were the key characteristics sought in a lineman, the new trend was all about size and brute force strength. Gogan brought a lot of strength to the table, in fact he played with such a tenacity that he would go on to earn the nickname “Big Nasty” from fellow teammates/opponents.

Gogan was a part of the “Great Wall of Dallas” that boasts the NFL’s All-Time Leading Rusher, Emmitt Smith. He embodied most of the qualities that people thought of when they considered those 90s Cowboys: loud, fierce, and extremely competitive. He helped the Dallas Cowboys win back-to-back Super Bowls in 1992 and 1993 and he has a big place in the History of the Cowboy 66.

The true History of 66 was written long before Kevin Gogan ever put it on though, and it was written by George Andrie. The Godfather of scouting and player personnel, Gil Brandt, had his eye on Andrie and advised the Cowboys to select him. Taken in the 6th round of the 1962 NFL Draft George was looked at to be a defensive force from the very beginning, and he was.

George Andrie was quick in getting to the quarterback, he had the size to play well against the run, and he was tall enough to bat down passes if he couldn’t get to the quarterback himself.

George Andrie Had A Knack For Coming Up Big In Big-Time Games:

  • Andrie picked up a Bart Starr fumble and ran it in for a touchdown in the iconic 1967 Ice Bowl.
  • In Super Bowl V Andrie chased down Johnny Unitas, tackled him, and knocked him out of the game. Earl Morrall replaced Johnny U after the injury and finished the game for Baltimore.
  • During the 1971 NFC Championship Game, George Andrie intercepted a John Brodie pass and returned it to the San Francisco 2-yard line. This set up the game-winning touchdown, scored by Calvin Hill.

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Andrie was a stout force on the Cowboy defensive unit during the 60s and early 70s. He spent the majority of his career lining up next to the Greatest 74 in Dallas Cowboys History, Bob Lilly. Andrie and Lilly together helped form the foundation of what would become the famed Doomsday Defense. George Andrie was a terror for opposing quarterbacks, a critical part of the early Cowboys’ success, and he is the Greatest 66 in Dallas Cowboys History.

Check back tomorrow to find out who the Greatest 65 in Dallas Cowboys History is!

Tell us what you think about "Double EntANDRIE: George Andrie Is Easily Greatest #66" 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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Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Can we Believe General Manager Jerry Jones?

Entre los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys, pocas cosas son criticadas tan frecuentemente como la administración de la franquicia que no ha ganado ningún Super Bowl en más de dos décadas. Se ha convertido en un equipo que, a pesar de ser el más valioso en el mundo deportivo, no ha sido nada relevante en el emparrillado. Lo que alguna vez fue una dinastía se ha convertido en una unidad que rompe frecuentemente los corazones de los fans.

Jerry Jones y Stephen Jones, siendo los operadores del ámbito deportivo del negocio familiar, son criticados semana tras semana y en gran parte por justa razón. Pero en gran parte, por cosas no muy válidas.

Cambios de Coach

A mi parecer, lo más criticable para la administración de este equipo viene cuando hablamos de los coaches. Muchos se burlan de los Cincinnati Bengals y de la manera en la que están atascados con el Head Coach Marvin Lewis. Con Jason Garrett al volante, la situación para los Cowboys no es nada diferente.

A mediados de la temporada 2018, no parece que esta narrativa vaya a cambiar. Una vez más, los Cowboys arrancaron de una manera muy inconsistente y ya no sabemos que esperar de ellos. Gran parte de las derrotas, la mayor parte, es el coacheo.

Sin duda el equipo no será exactamente el mismo en 2019, pero ¿serán suficientes los cambios como para decidir quedarse con el mismo capitán que no ha podido mantener el barco navegando por años?

El Draft

A diferencia de como se manejan muchos equipos en la liga, los Jones fungen como general managers de su propio equipo. Con la ayuda de Will McClay han logrado superar varios de los fracasos de los Jones de antaño, pero actualmente, siendo sinceros no han hecho un mal trabajo.

A pesar de las critícas de Abril, Leighton Vander Esch está probando haber valido más que la pena. Siendo objetivos, aparte de Taco Charlton en el 2017, todas las selecciones de primera ronda de los Cowboys han sido valiosas. La línea ofensiva, el corredor, un cornerback que por fin se está perfilando como uno de los mejores en la liga.

En cuanto a la segunda ronda, ha habido varias críticas, muchas con razón. Pero el mejor caza cabezas del equipo, DeMarcus Lawrence, el linebacker Jaylon Smith, Randy Gregory y más están teniendo un impacto muy fuerte en el equipo.

Decisiones difíciles

La administración se ha visto en la necesidad de tomar decisiones bastante difíciles después de una temporada de nueve victorias en 2017. El LB Anthony Hitchens fue liberado, Dan Bailey se fue inesperadamente, se confió en Byron Jones para tomar su opción de quinto año.

Hasta ahora, pura decisión digna de aplaudirse. Pero ninguna como la más reciente de todas: Amari Cooper.

Por más caro que haya salido, los Cowboys merecen bastante crédito por haber mejorado muchísimo su posición de WR. Si el equipo llega a tener una oportunidad esta temporada, será en gran parte por él.

No cabe ninguna duda en mi cabeza de que los Jones han cometido errores a lo largo de los años, el más evidente siendo la resistencia de dejar ir a Jason Garrett. Pero a pesar de esto, la administración ha tomado excelentes decisiones y ha realizado el draft muy bien. En ese aspecto en específico, les aplaudo.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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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Sack Numbers Don’t Tell DeMarcus Lawrence’s 2018 Story

Kevin Brady

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Breaking Down DeMarcus Lawrence's League High 5.5 Sacks Through Week 4

Coming off of a career year in 2017, many fans expected DeMarcus Lawrence to continue his ridiculous sack production this season. After all, he is once again in a "contract year" due to the franchise tag, and fans are hoping the Cowboys can secure him longterm this offseason.

Through the first four games of 2018, Lawrence looked as ridiculous and unstoppable as ever. He had 5.5 sacks, tied for the league lead, and was dictating the pass protection schemes of every offense the Cowboys were facing.

Since that hot start, though, DeMarcus Lawrence has recorded just 1 sack, falling behind some of the league leaders he was once ahead of. This has some people scratching their heads and wondering if Lawrence's career year in 2017 was just that, a career year. One which he will never replicate again, and one which the Cowboys should factor out when talking contract extensions.

Here's why those people are wrong.

Let's first talk about what makes DeMarcus Lawrence so good, and then we'll get into the full context of the Cowboys defense and how that explains some of the drop in sacks.

Lawrence, unlike some of the league's other top pass rushers, is a complete 4-3 defensive end. He is one of, if not the best run defending defensive ends in football, as shown by his 12 tackles for loss on the season (only Aaron Donald and Danielle Hunter have more).

Much of the year, the Cowboys run defense has boiled down to Lawrence making splash plays, as we saw against the Washington Redskins. Adrian Peterson was gashing the Cowboys during that game, and the only one who did anything to stop him was DeMarcus Lawrence, as indicated by his 3 tackles for loss that Sunday.

There's also the point that 6.5 sacks through half the season is, well, good. It's really good! And when you couple his sack numbers with his solid pressure and QB hit stats, you can see that Lawrence is having a very good season.

Then there is the context of this entire Cowboys defense, specifically their defensive line and pass rush. To put it bluntly, DeMarcus Lawrence has been their only consistent rusher this season. Though we came into the year with high hopes for Randy Gregory, and cautious optimism about first round pick Taco Charlton, neither have been all that impressive this season.

Somebody, anybody, has to step up and become a threat opposite of Lawrence. David Irving could help matters with his interior pass rush ability, but he has been unavailable for basically the entire season.

Without another pass rusher for offense's to even think twice about, Lawrence is getting double teamed and/or chipped by a tight end or running back on just about every rush. It's becoming rare that Lawrence is in a true one-on-one pass rush situation.

Of course, if you are elite, offenses are going to shift protections to you in this way and you still have to find ways to be productive.

And thus far in 2018, DeMarcus Lawrence is doing just that.



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Can QB Dak Prescott Steal Back His Mojo From Atlanta?

Brian Martin

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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.

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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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