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Cowboys CTK: The House of #44: Robert Newhouse

RJ Ochoa



Cowboys Blog - Cowboys CTK: The House of #44: Robert Newhouse

Make sure you stretch those legs, I know you’re sore since we’re in the middle of training camp! Doesn’t this feel incredible? The sun is shining, the pads are on, and the helmets are clashing… it’s football season.

While we get our training camp on we know that the season will be here before we know it. That glorious day is only 44 sets of the sun away so let’s celebrate by talking about the Greatest 44 in Dallas Cowboys History.

The Following Players Have All Worn 44 For The Dallas Cowboys:

  • Don Bishop, CB
  • Michael Brooks, S
  • Tyler Clutts*, FB
  • Lincoln Coleman, FB
  • Vince Courville, WR
  • Cornell Gowdy, S
  • Chris Gronkowski, FB
  • Robert Newhouse, FB
  • Robert Thomas, FB

*Active player on the Dallas Cowboys roster

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During the 2nd round of the 1972 NFL Draft the all-time leading rusher in the University of Houston’s school history was on the board. He was a bit shorter than most running backs, 5’10”, and weighed in at 209 pounds… and he would go on to become one of the finer men to tote the rock for America’s Team.

Robert Newhouse

Cowboys Blog - The House of #44: Robert Newhouse

While many considered him too small for the position of running back, Newhouse’s low center of gravity and massive legs made him impossible to tackle. He was a yards after contact machine and was very difficult to bring down, a trait which earned him nicknames like “The House” and “The Human Bowling Ball”.

Newhouse was by definition a running back out of Houston, but he unselfishly chose to play fullback and was even named the starter at the position in 1975 when Walt Garrison retired. 1975 would turn out to be a big year for Robert as he would actually lead the Cowboys in rushing, as a fullback, with 930 yards during a year where they made it to the Super Bowl.

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Robert Newhouse was a running back/fullback that did things his way. He was a very fun runner to watch and did anything that he could to help his team win.

1977 Dallas Cowboys Player Golden Richards Scores Touchdown Catch in Super Bowl XII

Here is a play called: Brown Right X Opposite Shift, Fire Toss 38, Half-Back Lead, Full Back Pass To Y and the hike was on 2. Here is wide receiver Golden Richards of the 1977 Dallas Cowboys catching a touchdown pass from Robert Newhouse on a trick play Tom Landry called in Super Bowl XII.

During Super Bowl XII the team asked him to do something that is rarely asked among ball carriers… to throw a pass. With 7 minutes remaining in the big game, Newhouse took a pitch and threw it downfield 29 yards into the hands of the Greatest 83 in Dallas Cowboys History, Golden Richards, for the game-clinching touchdown.

The House of #44

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In an era of great Cowboy running backs (players like Ron Springs and Tony Dorsett) Robert Newhouse was a huge threat out of the backfield. In 12 seasons, Newhouse accumulated 4,784 rushing yards, 956 receiving yards, and 31 total touchdowns.

Cowboys Blog - The House of #44: Robert Newhouse 2He helped the Dallas Cowboys remain one of the elite teams in the NFL throughout the 1970s and was a big contributor to the Super Bowl XII winning team.

There aren’t many players built with the same resiliency nowadays as Robert Newhouse. He was one of a kind and someone that Cowboy fans remember fondly.

Among all of his incredible accomplishments, it should come as no surprise that Robert Newhouse is the Greatest 44 in Dallas Cowboys History.

Check back tomorrow to find out who the Greatest 43 in Dallas Cowboys History is!

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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

Kevin Brady



DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of free agency on Monday, and capped it off by signing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one year deal.

The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a "one year wonder" of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.

After having 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits as a defensive end in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury. Last season, under new head coach Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose tackle and 5-technique more often.

So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.

What exactly is that role, though?

I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the center often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.

Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to Tyrone Crawford in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.

Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a Rod Marinelli unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.

If Hyder is actually a "one year wonder" who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.

This is a smart signing by the Cowboys front office as they look to re-tool their defensive line, and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.

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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

Kevin Brady



New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

On Tuesday this week it became official the Cowboys would sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one year deal worth an estimated $5 million. After his visit Monday morning, speculation around whether and when he would sign was swirling.

Cobb confirmed his intentions to join the Cowboys himself, and did so with some A+ GIF usage on Twitter.

Randall Cobb on Twitter

Randall Cobb on Twitter

In case you don't know, the GIF Cobb tweeted is Woody from Toy Story, emerging confidently and tipping his cap.

This was Cobb signaling that he his a Cowboy, and he appears excited to be joining America's Team. Cobb also received some social media love from his now former teammates in Green Bay, including wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

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Aaron Rodgers had some parting words for new Cowboys WR Randall Cobb

Clearly Randall Cobb made an impact in Green Bay, both on and off the field. Let's hope he can replicate some of that in Dallas now that he has joined the Cowboys.

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Malik McDowell Is Well Worth The Risk For The Dallas Cowboys

Kevin Brady



Malik McDowell, Michigan State

The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly brining defensive lineman Malik McDowell into The Star this week for a visit, as they decide whether or not to potentially sign him for the 2019 season.

McDowell is a former second round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, who fell to day two because of what scouts call "off the field" or "character" concerns. McDowell did not last long with Seahawks, as he was released in 2017 following an ATV accident in which he reportedly suffered "extensive brain and eye trauma" according to Charles Robinson.

None of us know much about who Malik McDowell is as a person, or what concerns their really should be with his health. But what I do know is that on tape at Michigan State, McDowell was a top 5-10 player in the 2017 draft class. He was a stud, and has the traits to continue to be a stud in the NFL.

2017 NFL Draft: Scouting Michigan State DL Malik McDowell - Slant Sports

The 2017 NFL Draft is chock full of talented, athletic, and productive defensive linemen. While most of the draft pundits have focused on EDGE rushers thus far, the defensive tackle class also possesses some of this year's top NFL prospects. Arguably the best of those defensive tackles is Michigan State's Malik McDowell.

Back in 2017 I wrote a full scouting report on McDowell, detailing why he earned such a high grade on my board. McDowell is a versatile linemen who is explosive off the ball, powerful and rangy against the run, and a skilled pass rusher who plays with a high motor. What more could you really ask for?

"McDowell is a patient pass rusher at times, setting up the blocker how he likes and then beating them with ease. McDowell’s ability to swipe hands off helps him greatly, but his quick swim is his most effective pass rush move.

On this play he uses that swim to perfection, forcing the center to power down to the right before swimming back to the other side."

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When the Spartans went to a three man pass rushing front, McDowell moved to the EDGE often and made plays with his quick, active hands and impressive swim move. He was much more impressive on the interior, however, and could be a direct replacement for David Irving as an explosive and powerful 3-technique for the Cowboys.

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I love that the Cowboys are bringing McDowell in for a free agent visit. His price will likely be low, as he is yet to play in an NFL game over the last two years, but his ceiling remains very high if he is healthy. It's rare for a player with his college production, natural ability, and measurables to completely fail in the NFL.

Maybe all McDowell needs is a second chance to get his head right and prove that he belongs in the league. Maybe he flames out quickly and can't get on the field due to "off the field" stuff. Or, maybe he simply isn't healthy enough to contribute as an NFL player. Regardless, for the price he'll likely command, McDowell is well worth the risk if the Cowboys are willing to take it.

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