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Jim Jeffcoat: Greatest #77 Dallas Cowboys Have Ever Had

RJ Ochoa

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There are officially 77 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.

It wouldn’t be Sunday Funday if we weren’t thinking about Dallas Cowboys football. In exactly Cole Beasley, aka 11, weeks you’ll be firing up the grill and tweeting about how we’re going 16-0 all the way to Super Bowl 50. It’ll commemorate 38 years ago since the 1977 Dallas Cowboys went to, and won, Super Bowl XII. Today we focus on a different 77, the best one to ever wear it for the Dallas Cowboys.

The following players have all worn 77 for the Dallas Cowboys:

  • Byron Bradfute, OT
  • Clyde Brock, OT
  • Steve Cisowski, OT
  • Jim Colvin, DT
  • Ron East, DT
  • Bill Gregory, DT
  • Jim Jeffcoat, DE
  • Pat McQuistan, OT
  • Solomon Page, OT
  • Steve Scifres, OG
  • Tyron Smith*, OT
  • Larry Stephens, DE
  • Bruce Thornton, DE
  • Torrin Tucker, OT

*Active player on the Dallas Cowboys roster

There is plenty of 77 to go around for Cowboys fans of all ages. Fans of the 1990s will remember the legendary Jim Jeffcoat while today's fans are very excited about 24-year-old Tyron Smith.

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Dec 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith (77) prepares to block against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Taken with the 9th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft (at the ripe age of 20 mind you) out of USC…it was the hope of everyone that Tyron would be our future. After a rookie year spent at right tackle, the coaching staff thought it best to establish Tyron at the all-valuable left tackle spot in 2012. He began to prosper and deliver on his draft day hype. Tyron’s true emergence came in the 2013 season as he allowed only one sack in all 16 regular season games. Tyron went into 2014 with high expectations and delivered yet again, helping fellow young o-linemen Travis Frederick and Zack Martin lead the way for the NFL’s rushing champion, DeMarco Murray.

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Tyron Smith received an 8-year, $109 million contract last summer and is without question a huge, no pun intended, part of our franchise’s future. He is the leader of the offensive line (again…he is only 24 years old now to put in perspective how amazing that is) and arguably the best left tackle in the NFL. Tyron has a very legitimate shot at one day becoming our greatest 77, but as of today that honor belongs to someone else.

The 1983 NFL Draft is remembered for all of its famous quarterbacks (John Elway, Jim Kelly, Dan Marino, etc.), Eric Dickerson, and various other parts. It was a draft that shaped the NFL landscape through the end of the twentieth century; however, people tend to overlook the 23rd overall pick of that draft, Jim Jeffcoat.

Jeffcoat landed on a Cowboys team that had traveled to the previous three NFC Championship Games. He helped the Cowboys transition to a new era of talent as most of the members of the famed Doomsday Defense retired shortly after Jim’s career began. Jim took over the starting defensive end spot in 1984, but really found his form in 1985. In a November 10th game at the legendary RFK Stadium Jeffcoat tallied 5 sacks on Redskin quarterback Joe Theisman. Jeffcoat would follow that year up with a team-leading 14 sacks in 1986.

Part of Jim Jeffcoat’s true greatness was his leadership on the young Cowboys dynasty in the early 90s. When he was replaced by Tony Tolbert in 1992 and was reduced to a situational pass-rusher role (the trading for Charles Haley pushed Jim even further down the depth chart), Jim found new ways to flourish…and still led the team in sacks with 10.5. He was an integral part of the defensive line rotation that Butch Johnson led that helped the Cowboys win back-to-back Super Bowls in 1992 and 1993.

Jeffcoat finished his NFL career with 102.5 sacks. This makes him part of the prestigious “100 sack” club that features only two other Cowboys: Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Member Charles Haley and DeMarcus Ware (who currently plays for the Denver Broncos). There are only 31 total members of this club, 11 of which that are already enshrined in Canton, OH. Jim Jeffcoat has an elite place in NFL History, and while Tyron Smith may one day unseat him…Jim Jeffcoat is the Greatest 77 in Dallas Cowboys History.

Check back tomorrow to find out who the Greatest 76 in Dallas Cowboys History is!

Tell us what you think about "Jim Jeffcoat: Greatest #77 Dallas Cowboys Have Ever Had" in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!



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How The Tables Have Turned for 2019 Dallas Cowboys

Mauricio Rodriguez

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How The Tables Have Turned for 2019 Dallas Cowboys

The 2018 season was a two-part tale for the Dallas Cowboys. The first is the story of a mediocre 3-5 team that couldn't get it going offensively. The second part is about a football team that turned its season around, made the playoffs, got a win in the postseason and ultimately lost to the team that ended up representing the NFC in Super Bowl LIII, the Los Angeles Rams.

Surely, 2018 didn't go as planned. The storylines leading to last season are actually very different from the ones we're hearing today. Let's take a look at a few examples of how the tables have turned for the Dallas Cowboys.

The need for a true WR1

Last season, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys preached the philosophy of not needing a #1 wide receiver. While that could've sound encouraging at the time, once the season began the team was proven wrong. They did need a WR1. Fortunately, this season we won't have to worry about it. This year, Dez Bryant shouldn't be a discussion topic among Cowboys' fans.

Amari Cooper is in the house. And he's been pretty good since he started playing with a Star on his helmet. If we have conversations about the WR position, they will not be about who's the #1 guy. With Michael Gallup showing up late in the season, it probably won't be about who is #2 either.

How Cowboys Set up High-Stakes Division Meeting with Eagles at Home

Back on top of the NFC East

Last year, the Dallas Cowboys were not really the favorites to win the NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles had just made history by winning their first Super Bowl ever and it seemed like the Cowboys would have to get a wildcard spot to play in January. Now it's the Cowboys back on top after sweeping the Eagles and turning their once 3-5 season around.

That of course, means a tougher schedule next season. However, it's nice to be back on top of the division. These two teams will surely have an intense race for the division title next season. Maybe we even see them both in the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

Sean Lee's uncertain future

I'm pretty sure no one expected Sean Lee to be considered a potential cap casualty for the 2019 season. Even if he was, it would've probably been anticipating an injury or something like that. No one would've imagined that Leighton Vander Esch would be so good to take Sean Lee's job.

The Cowboys' first round rookie truly earned the starting role as the defense's weak linebacker and he should keep it. With Sean Lee set to return to the field, I'm sure we didn't expect him to be a backup by now. We'll have to wait and see if the Cowboys decide to part ways with him. As a fan, it would certainly be painful. But we can't deny it would be a move that makes sense.

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It's a crazy franchise on a crazy league. Who knows how things will go from now on, but the Dallas Cowboys certainly look like a promising team heading into the 2019 offseason. Here at Inside The Star, we'll continue to update you with the latest on your favorite NFL team.

Tell me what you think about "How The Tables Have Turned for 2019 Dallas Cowboys" 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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Cowboys en Español: Volviendo a la Idea de Earl Thomas

Mauricio Rodriguez

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El año pasado, Earl Thomas fue uno de los temas de conversación más frecuentes para los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys. Después de que los Seattle Seahawks no le dieran su deseada extensión de contrato, Thomas se convirtió en un candidato a ser intercambiado de su equipo. Entre los favoritos estaban los Cowboys, quienes tenían una necesidad en su defensiva secundaria. Ahora que la temporada 2018 llegó a su fin, la misma necesidad por un safety de calidad está presente en Dallas.

Sólo que en esta ocasión, Earl Thomas no está bajo contrato con ningún equipo. Su último momento con el uniforme de los Seahawks fue en un carro de lesiones, donde salía lesionado en dirección a su vestidor. Esto mientras se despedía de su equipo con el dedo de en medio extendido hacia sus entrenadores y compañeros. Así concluyó su temporada y su carrera en Seattle.

Ahora, listo para cumplir los 30 años en mayo, Earl Thomas probará la agencia libre cuando comience en marzo. Y sin lugar a dudas, uno de los equipos candidatos a firmarlo serán los Dallas Cowboys. Es un equipo que a pesar de tener una de las mejores defensivas la temporada pasada, se vería muy beneficiada con la llegada de un profundo del calibre de Thomas.

A pesar de su edad y las lesiones, Thomas continúa siendo uno de los mejores en la liga. Su talento es innegable y tendrá toda la disposición de demostrar lo que vale cuando tome el campo la próxima temporada. Cuando llegue el momento, podríamos ver una guerra de ofertas entre varios equipos de la NFL para llevarse al veterano a sus respectivas ciudades.

La pregunta es: ¿estarán los Dallas Cowboys en esa guerra de ofertas?

Los Cowboys tienen espacio en el tope salarial. Sin embargo, este no durará mucho considerando que DeMarcus Lawrence está esperando su merecida y cara extensión después de jugar bajo la etiqueta franquicia en 2018. Además, jugadores que aún están bajo contrato también estarán buscando ofertas este offseason.

Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, y Byron Jones están en la lista de quehaceres de la administración. Eso sin mencionar a Cole Beasley, cuyo contrato ya expiró y podría llegar a la agencia libre en marzo.

A pesar de esta complicada situación, los Dallas Cowboys deberían buscar conseguir a Thomas. Siendo sinceros, la defensiva tiene mucho talento y podría mantener su nivel en 2019. Pero hace falta un jugador en la posición de safety para llevar a esta unidad a otro nivel. Un nivel realmente capaz de ganar en postemporada enfrentándose a cualquier tipo de ofensiva. Sin importar que tan explosiva sea. Y además de esto, un jugador que sea capaz de robar el balón y hacer jugadas de impacto constantemente.

Cuando los Cowboys se enfrentaron a Seahawks en temporada regular, Thomas dio un buen ejemplo de esto interceptando en dos ocasiones a la ofensiva de Dak Prescott.

A pasos de un equipo de campeonato, un movimiento agresivo para obtener a Earl Thomas sería algo genial para Dallas. Vimos como los Rams de Los Angeles fueron agresivos al construir su equipo y llegaron hasta el Super Bowl este febrero. Quizá es tiempo de que Jerry Jones y compañía sean igual de agresivos y vayan por ese safety elite que la afición lleva pidiendo desde el offseason del año pasado.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Volviendo a la Idea de Earl Thomas" 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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Slot Machine: Amari Cooper in the Slot Could be Even More Dangerous

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Slot Machine: Cole Beasley Out, Amari Cooper In?

Amari Cooper was a dangerous man with the Dallas Cowboys after he arrived via trade from the Oakland Raiders last season. He was one of the big reasons why they were able to turn around a season that looked as if it was circling the drain and I don't think anybody would argue the point. But, I think he could be even more dangerous in 2019, especially if Cole Beasley departs via free agency.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you pretty much know the topic of the Cowboys offseason so far has centered around Cole Beasley and his future with the organization. He has been invaluable in Dallas since arriving as an undrafted free agent in 2012, but it's looking more and more as if he could be taking his talents elsewhere in 2019.

With Beasley more than likely moving on, the Cowboys will need to find someone who can replace his production in the passing game, especially in the slot. Everybody assumes Dallas needs to go outside the organization to find that player, but I'm not so sure. I think they already have a wide receiver more than capable of stepping in, and he just so happens to be there first-round draft pick this year.

In case you haven't figured it out already, I'm talking about Wide Receiver Amari Cooper. He has mostly been used as an outside receiver in his professional career, but he does have the skill set and route running ability to be a really dangerous out of the slot. I'm not talking about a full-time move into the slot or anything, just a marginal increase in snaps.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

According to Rotounderworld.com, only 12.6% of Amari Cooper's snaps in 2018 were out of the slot. For comparison sake, Cole Beasley's snaps in the slot was 85.9%, the highest of any receiver in the NFL last season. That's a huge difference, not one the Cowboys should try to match with Cooper or any other potential slot WR replacement.

Personally, I'd like to see Cooper's snaps playing out of the slot increased to around 20%. That would put him in Odell Beckham Jr. territory (19.9%), and we all know how difficult he is to cover all over the field. It would likely do the same for Amari Cooper.

I just really like the idea of him having the entire field to work with and the favorable matchup it creates with slot/nickel cornerbacks around the league. Can you imagine opposing defensive coordinators trying to figure out how to contain a player that has the kind of speed and route running ability that Amari Cooper has? They better stock up on Tylenol, because that is a surefire way to get a headache.

This is course is just speculation at this point, especially since we don't know what the Cowboys offense will look like with Kellen Moore taking over the playcalling duties. But if it was me, I'd be doing everything in my power to get the ball in the hands of my best WR, Amari Cooper, and that might mean increasing his snaps out of the slot.

What do you think about using Amari Cooper out of the slot more often in 2019?



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