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The Dallas Cowboys Are On The Way To “Becoming The Hunted”

, the second overall pick in the 1986 draft, was featured on Cowboys Cast yesterday with . The former Sooner spent part of his Memorial Day Weekend walking down memory lane and giving us his insights on the 2015 version of the .

There’s a lot that’s been said about how our stout (I think teams are starting to draft robots to play because that’s what it’s going to take) and how it compares to the former Great Wall of Dallas. There’s , this generation’s . There’s , The Playmaker reincarnated. has shown that he is to Dez as was to Irvin.

Who is the modern-day Tony Casillas?

Bobby talked to Casillas about how when he was traded to the Cowboys from the in 1991, he found himself as the veteran leader of a young group of defensive linemen at the age of 27. Casillas remembers players like , , Tony Tolbert and the brotherhood that they developed among each other. Their was bolstered by Russell Maryland, the 1991 first overall pick, and , acquired in a from the in 1992, and these guys are all starting to reappear. They were at the time, in Casilla’s own words, “unknown.”

Cowboys Blog - Becoming the HuntedThe team saw a wave of success that began in Casillas’ first season with the team in 1991.

They won a playoff game in the wildcard round at Chicago and traveled to Detroit for the . Losing handily to the Lions, 38-6, the Cowboys vowed to never suffer such a defeat again.

[quote_regular name=”” icon_quote=”no”]“We don’t want to be embarrassed, we want to be the hunted. We don’t want to go out and hunt the other team… If you’re being hunted that means that people respect you and know that you’re for real.”[/quote_regular]

The World Champion 1992 Dallas Cowboys had the league’s number one defense in terms of yards allowed and it was Tony Casillas who helped anchor that unit. Now it’s becoming reincarnated.

The 2014 Dallas Cowboys saw their own wave of success.

Their win in the against the (ironic, huh?) was one of the more thrilling games of the entire season. It was outdone, however, in a showdown at where Dez Bryant made one of the most spectacular catches that was overruled in a Cowboys loss. The Cowboys tasted playoff success, much like in 1991, and have vowed to never suffer such a defeat again.

has become the leader on the defensive front. He’s the savvy veteran, much like Casillas was, leading the charge. is developing into the Jimmie Jones of our time. Much has been said about ’s similar path to that of Pro Football Hall of Famer Charles Haley. And is our newly drafted high-profile pass rusher, much like Russell Maryland. has shown the same promise that Jeffcoat did, but more than anything, this new band of brothers is relatively unknown.

The Cowboys of the 90s built a tough and were able to run the football, but it wasn’t until the solidification of Dave Wannstedt’s defense (and Butch Davis’ front line) that they became a complete team.

Tony says of the 2015 Cowboys mirroring the 1991-1992 teams, “They want to beat you up in the fourth quarter.”

The Cowboys have spent some considerable time, energy, money, and draft picks to turn the defensive front around and it’s starting to look more and more like Casillas and Co. running around out there.

While the new defensive line is chasing quarterbacks, the 2015 Cowboys are on the precipice of achieving what Casillas’ Cowboys did in the early 90s…

Becoming the hunted.

You can follow Tony Casillas at @tccasillas, Cowboys Cast at @CowboysCast, and Bobby Belt at @SportsByDallas

RJ Ochoa
RJ Ochoa
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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Bryson T

It is very cool how that’s coming together, RJ. And I think Tony touched on a particular point of interest for this season when he talked about E. Smith holding out the first 2 games of 1992 and the team losing both games without him. A lot is said about plugging any running back behind that line and being successful, but it takes a little more than that. Here’s hoping the RBC of Randle, McFadden and Williams is a little more than that.

Happy Memorial Day!

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