Possible Career Stat Accomplishments in 2009

In 2009, a few of the Cowboys will have opportunities to move up in the career rankings in franchise history. Here is a look.

Tony Romo

Romo is currently fifth in most of the main career passing categories. In three years as a starter, he has completed 831 of 1307 passes for 10,562 yards with 81 TDs and 46 interceptions. His career passer rating of 94.7 is the best in team history as of right now.

Romo isn’t likely catch Aikman, Staubach, White, or Meredith in any category in 2009, except for the possibility of surpassing Meredith for career completions. Meredith completed 1170, which is 339 more than Romo. Romo completed 335 passes in 2007, so it is possible for him to reach this number. However, with the offensive changes in 2009, it is not likely.

Marion Barber

With 3,052 yards on 715 carries, Barber currently ranks ninth in team history in rushing yards and attempts. His 36 career TDs is fifth in team history. He will likely be higher on both lists during 2009. Barber is tied for tenth for career touchdowns with Billy Joe Dupree and Dan Reeves. With only four touchdowns in 2009, Barber will jump all the way to eighth.

Yards

Barber could be as high as sixth in rushing yards by the end of the season. Here is a look:

5. Robert Newhouse – 4,784
6. Walt Garrison – 3,886
7. Herschel Walker – 3,491
8. Julius Jones – 3,484
9. Marion Barber – 3,052

Atts.

Barber is a little bit further behind in terms of attempts.

5. Newhouse – 1,160
6. Garrison – 899
7. Jones – 885
8. Walker – 818
9. Barber – 715

Rushing TDs

Barber isn’t going to catch Emmitt Smith or Tony Dorsett, but he may very well be #3 on the list by the end of 2009.

1. Emmitt Smith – 153
2. Tony Dorsett – 72
3. Don Perkins – 42
4. Calvin Hill – 39
5. Marion Barber – 36

Total TDs

1. Emmitt Smith – 164
2. Tony Dorsett – 86
3. Bob Hayes – 76
4. Michael Irvin – 65
5(t). Tony Hill – 51
5(t). Frank Clarke – 51
7. Drew Pearson – 50
8(t). Calvin Hill – 45
8(t). Don Perkins – 45
10(t). Billy Joe Dupree – 42
10(t). Dan Reeves – 42
10(t). Marion Barber – 42

Jason Witten

Witten ranks fifth in career receptions (429) and sixth in receiving yards (4,935). His 25 career TDs only ranks tenth, however.  With 61 receptions in 2009, Witten will jump all the way up to second in team history, trailing only Michael Irvin. He will also likely surpass Frank Clarke in receiving yards. Willen currently trails Clarke by 279 yards.

Receptions

1. Michael Irvin – 750
2. Drew Pearson – 489
3. Emmitt Smith – 486
4. Tony Hill – 479
5. Jason Witten –  429

Receiving Yards

4. Bob Hayes – 7,295
5. Frank Clarke – 5,214
6. Witten – 4,935

DeMarcus Ware

Ware has already passed the likes of Randy White and Harvey Martin in official stats, though to be fair to those players, the league did not calculate sacks officially until 1982. Ware will likely pass Too Tall Jones and Tony Tolbert in official sacks in 2009.

Official Sacks

1. Jim Jeffcoat – 94.5
2. Greg Ellis – 77
3. Tony Tolbert – 59
4. Too Tall Jones – 57.5
5. DeMarcus Ware –  53.5

Nick Folk

Folk’s 86.8% field goal percentage is second in team history, trailing only Chris Boniol’s percentage of 87.1. Folk’s 46 field goals ranks seventh in team history, trailing Billy Cundiff by 14 field goals.

Terence Newman

Newman’s 20 interceptions ranks 13th in team history, just one behind Mike Gaetcher. Newman could rise as high as ninth on the list by picking off just five passes in 2009.

8. Cliff Harris – 29
9. Chuck Howley – 24
10. Darren Woodson – 23
11. Don Bishop – 22
12. Mike Gaetcher – 21
13. Terence Newman – 20