Dallas Cowboys Official Weekly from September 28, 1985

Doug Cosbie: Hard Road to the Top

A reader named Bruce Lombard earlier this year most generously sent me a stack of copies of the old Dallas Cowboys Official Weekly from the 1985 season and 1986 offseason. Each Wednesday, we will take a look at some interesting tidbits in these issues.

The focus this week is in the issue published on September 28, 1985.

Ask Tex Schramm: What’s the Deal with the Line Shift?

A readers asked Tex Schramm about the Cowboys’ line shift, where the linemen stand up at the line before getting into their stances. Schramm called this the Cowboys’ trademark and noted that the shift is legal and that there is a reason behind it.

When the Cowboys come up to the line of scrimmage, they assume the semi-crouching two-point stance, and then on a command such as “set,” they stand up and then go down to a three-point stance. This is not considered illegal motion or false start because it precedes the player assuming the three-point stance. The original purpose for this was to obscure the shifting of the backs, which occurs at the same time. That reason still prevails.

Danny White Catches a Touchdown in a 20-7 Win Over Cleveland

The Cowboys did not have a big passing day against the Browns in a week 3 win, but the passes were effective. QB Danny White turned into a receiver on one play when Tom Landry called the old “Quarterback Throwback.” Halfback James Jones took a handoff and rolled right. Jones then threw the ball across the field to White, who caught the pass for a touchdown. It was White’s third reception of his career and second touchdown catch.

With the win, Dallas moved back into the Top 10 NFL Poll at the #10 spot. Seattle remained at #1 with a 2-1 record, while San Francisco and Chicago had the #2 and #3 spots, respectively.

Doug Cosbie: Hard Times and Discipline Shaped His Football Life

The cover story focused on tight end Doug Cosbie. He grew up in the lower-class town of East Palo Alto, California, near San Jose. His mother had to support his family when his parents divorced, and his older brother was in and out of jail. He did not appear to have all-pro potential when he played at Santa Clara or when he joined the league in 1979. However, by 1985, he had been a member of two consecutive Pro Bowl teams.

Herschel Walker Isn’t Coming to Dallas Anytime Soon

Some wondered whether Herschel Walker might join the Cowboys sooner rather than later. But the USFL star told radio host Norm Hitzges that he was committed to Donald Trump and the New Jersey Generals. In three USFL seasons, he had gained 5,562 yards.

Kevin Brooks Wants to Play

First-round draft pick Kevin Brooks wanted to break into the staring lineup, but defensive coach Ernie Stautner said Brook wasn’t quite ready. Said Stautner, “He needs to find a way to escape a pass blocker that holds and grabs.” However, Stautner also said he thought Brooks was “going to be a good one.”

Jim Jeffcoat Gets Engaged

Third-year defensive end Jim Jeffcoat was the focus on a story about his recent engagement to Tammy Young, a flight attendant for American Airlines. Groomsmen in the wedding included Too Tall Jones and Mark Tuinei, along with one-time Cowboys Kirk Phillips and Chuck McSwain. At the time, Jeffcoat owned a home in Carrollton.

[Fast forward a few years, and the couple’s children were making news. Jacqueline Jeffcoat plays basketball for the University of Oklahoma, while twin brother Jackson plays football at the University of Texas. Jim and Tammy still live in Plano]


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