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Video: 1967 Dallas Cowboys Highlight Film, Part 3 (Regular Season Highlights)

This is the third part of the 1967 Dallas Cowboys highlight film, focusing on the regular season. The highlights begin with the week

The complete results for 1967 were as follows (games featured in this clip appear in bold).

Sep 17 W 21-14 at Cleveland Browns
Sep 24 W 38-24 vs New York Giants
Oct 1 L 35-13 vs Los Angeles Rams
Oct 8 W 17-14 at Washington Redskins
Oct 15 W 14-10 vs New Orleans Saints
Oct 22 W 24-21 at Pittsburgh Steelers
Oct 29 L 21-14 at Philadelphia Eagles
Nov 5 W 37-7 vs Atlanta Falcons
Nov 12 W 27-10 at New Orleans Saints
Nov 19 L 27-20 vs Washington Redskins
Nov 23 W 46-21 vs St. Louis Cardinals
Dec 3 L 23-17 at Baltimore Colts
Dec 10 W 38-17 vs Philadelphia Eagles
Dec 16 L 24-16 at San Francisco 49ers

Video: 1967 Dallas Cowboys Highlight Film, Part 2 (Offense)

Here is part 2 of the 1967 Dallas Cowboys highlight film, focusing on the offense. The team finished 5th in the league out of 16 teams on offense, which was a step back from the 1967.

Players featured in this clip include:

WR, #22 Bob Hayes
LT, #72 Tony Liscio
LG, #76 John Niland
C, #53 Mike Connelly
RG, #62 Leon Donohue
RT, #73 Ralph Neely
TE, #84 Pettis Norman
TE, #82 Frank Clarke
WR, #19 Lance Rentzel
WR, #35 Pete Gent
QB, #17 Don Meredith (11)
QB, #14 Craig Morton (3)
RB, #30 Dan Reeves
RB, #46 Craig Baynham
FB, #43 Don Perkins

See also Video: 1967 Dallas Cowboys Highlight Film, Part 1 (Defense)

2008 Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft Meta Index



Last year at this time, I ran a post that summarized the results of about 100 mock drafts. As of the time of that post (Feb. 25, 2007), Texas tackle Justin Blalock was the clear leader. Blalock eventually fell to the second round, where the Atlanta Falcons selected him with the 39th overall pick. He started 14 games in 2007.

How worthwhile was that effort on my part? Here’s an clue: none of the 27 mock selections in the 100 mock drafts was Purdue linebacker Anthony Spencer. This immediately makes me second-guess my current post.

But it’s too late. I reviewed a sampling of 100 mock drafts from FF Toolbox and My Mock Draft to identify players that various draftniks have chosen in advance on behalf of the Cowboys. I did not include those mock drafts that expect Dallas to trade the 22nd and 28th picks in the first round. From this review I have identified 30 players who were picked in either position in the first round.

Felix JonesThe leaders: Arkansas running back Felix Jones (37 votes) and Tennesee State cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (15 votes).

Key: Name, Position, College (number of mock drafts selecting this player in either position of the first round). Click on the links to visit NFL.com’s profiles of these players.

Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas (37)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Tennessee St. (15)

Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona (13)
Reggie Smith, CB/S, Oklahoma (13)
Limus Sweed, WR, Texas (13)
Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan (13)
Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas (12)
Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy (11)
Early Doucet, WR, LSU (11)
DeSean Jackson, WR, Cal (8)
Rashard Mendenall, RB, Illinois (8)
Jeff Otah, T, Pitt (7)
Sam Baker, T, USC (6)
Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida (5)
Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma (5)
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon (4)
Patrick Lee, CB, Auburn (2)
Brandon Flowers, CB, Virginia Tech (2)
Kenny Phillips, S, Miami (2)
Derrick Harvey, DE, Miami (1)
Tracy Porter, CB, Indiana (1)
Gosder Cherilus, T, Boston College (1)
Keith Rivers, OLB, USC (1)
Marcus Griffin, S, Texas (1)
Jamaal Charles, RB, Texas (1)
Matt Forte, RB, Tulane (1)
James Hardy, WR, Indiana (1)
Dan Connor, LB, Penn St. (1)
Dre Moore, DT, Maryland (1)
Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina (1)
Devin Thomas, WR, Michigan St. (1)
Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt (1)

Positions:

Defensive Backs: 11
Wide Receivers: 7
Running Back: 5
Tackles: 4
Linebackers: 2
Defensive Tackles: 2
Defensive Ends: 1

My Notes:

* I have no doubt that Dallas needs help in the secondary, but I think it will be an enormous mistake if the team focuses once again on the defense in the first round and ignores its pressing needs on offense. I would personally like to see the Cowboys take a receiver and would not mind at all if the first two picks were a running back and a receiver, in either order.
* Along those lines, if Dallas uses either of those picks on a defensive lineman or a linebacker, I will be just as sick as I was on January 13 after the Giants game. Only one of the mock drafts anticipated the Cowboys taking Penn State linebacker Dan Connor, but at least one of the draftniks thought Conner was the best selection. I know there was a day when a team may have benefited from cornering the market on Big 10 linebackers, but today ain’t that day.
* Of the five running backs on the list above, Jones’ time in the 40 ranked fourth. The fastest was Jamaal Charles, who recorded a 4.38. Jones performed better in other events, especially the 20-yard shuttle. Here are the complete times.
* Another player who may get some good looks is Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart. The 235-pound back ran a 4.48 and completed 28 reps on the bench press, both very impressive. Here is more on Stewart.
* A few receivers that impressed those in attendance (and who do not appear on the list above): Eddie Royal (Virginia Tech), Andre Caldwell (Florida), and Maurice Purify (Nebraska).
* Two receivers who could see their stock rise after the combine: James Hardy (Indiana) (6’5, 217 pounds, 4.48 in the 40) and Devin Thomas (Michigan State) (6’2, 215 pounds, 4.40 in the 40).
* DeSean Jackson (Cal) was the fastest of the receivers, running a 4.35 in the 40.
* One player who may be slipping: Mario Manningham of Michigan, who only managed a 4.59 in the 40.
* Three receivers who appear on the list above– Limas Sweed (Texas), Malcolm Kelly (Oklahoma), and Early Doucet (LSU) — did not participate in drills.

Cornerbacks and safeties will perform on Tuesday, so I will have a follow-up afterward.

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Video: 1967 Dallas Cowboys Highlight Film, Part 1 (Defense)

This is part of a series of posts that provides an in-depth look at the Cowboys of the 1960s.

The title of the 1967 Dallas Cowboys highlight film was “Appointment with Destiny,” referring to the team’s run for an Eastern Conference title and a second showdown with the Green Bay Packers in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The clip below focuses on the defense, which had already earned the nickname “Doomsday.”

1967 Dallas Cowboys Defense

The 1967 Dallas Cowboys ranked seventh out of 16 teams in total defense in 1967, giving up 276.5 yards per game. The team allowed 268 points, 6th best in the NFL, and led the league in run defense, as opponents managed only 3.2 yards per carry.

Here are the starters for that season:

LE, #71 Willie Townes

LT, #75 Jethro Pugh

RT, #74 Bob Lilly

RE, #66 George Andrie

LLB, #54 Chuck Howley

MLB, #55 Lee Roy Jordan

RLB, #52 Dave Edwards

LCB, #34 Cornell Green

RCB, #23 Mike Johnson

SS, #27 Mike Gaechter

FS, #20 Mel Renfro

All-Pros on this unit included Andrie, Green, Howley, and Renfro.

A Look Back at Zach Thomas and the 1996 Draft



As you most likely know, the Cowboys have agreed in principle to sign free agent linebacker Zach Thomas, the former Texas Tech start and long-time Miami Dolphin standout. There is a little bit of history here, for Thomas was clearly a Jimmy Johnson-type who would have fit in very well with the Cowboys when he entered the league in 1996.

The 1996 season was one of transition at the linebacker position for the Cowboys. Robert Jones, who had started at middle linebacker for a part of his four-year stint with the Cowboys, had left for St. Louis (and later ended up in Miami). Dallas had also lost Dixon Edwards to Minnesota, leaving Darrin Smith as the only linebacker from the Super Bowl teams. Dallas signed former Green Bay middle linebacker Fred Strickland and also added Broderick Thomas, a former first-round pick who had been a bust in Tampa Bay before spending time in Detroit and Minnesota. With their second selection of the second round in 1996, Dallas took linebacker Randall Godfrey, who stayed in Dallas until 1999 before becoming a journeyman.

Thomas was not taken the 22nd pick of the 5th round (154th overall). Dallas had three picks prior to that selection and wound up selecting C Clay Shiver, WR Stepfret Williams, and DT/DE Mike Ulufale. Ulufale was a complete bust, playing in only three games in 1996 before being released during training camp in 1997. Williams caught 30 passes in his second year in 1997, but he was let go during training camp in 1998. Both Ulufale and Williams tried to latch on in other leagues– Ulufale played for a few years in the Arena Football League, while Williams was an all-league player with the XFL (along with another former Cowboy, Shante Carver)

Meanwhile, Thomas was an all-pro by 1998, earning the honor seven times along with seven Pro Bowl berths.

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Incidentally, the Cowboys have not during their history relied heavily on linebackers from other teams. Some notable linebackers that the Cowboys have picked up via free agency or trade include the following:

  • Jerry Tubbs (1960-1966): One-time Pro Bowler (1962). Selected in the 1st round by the Chicago Cardinals in 1957.
  • Chuck Howley (1961-1973): Six-time Pro Bowler and Seven Time All-Pro. Selected in the 1st round by Chicago in 1958 but suffered a serious knee injury in 1959. Dallas picked him up, and Howley became one of the best linebackers in team history.
  • Jack Del Rio (1989-1991): The current Jacksonville coach also played for New Orleans, Kansas City, and Minnesota.
  • Broderick Thomas (1996): Thomas was a solid contributor in 1996, but he was less effective in 1997 and did not play after that season.
  • Fred Strickland (1996-1998): Started 45 games in three seasons with Dallas.
  • Barron Wortham (2000): The former Titan was brought in to replace Randall Godfrey, but he eventually lost the job to Dat Nguyen.
  • Kevin Hardy (2002): Hardy, a free agent pickup from Jacksonville, was a solid player in 2002, but he left for Cincinnati after one season.
  • Al Singleton (2003-2006): Singleton was a solid contributor after coming to Dallas from Tampa Bay, but he was moved aside with the transition to the 3-4 defense.
  • Scott Shanle (2004-2005); Scott Fujita (2005): Dallas obtained both of these linebackers, but then lost Fujita via free agency to New Orleans and traded Shanle to the same team. By the end of the following season, both were team captains as the Saints made it to the NFC Championship game.

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There were a few other players of interest who were also still available at the time that Thomas was selected in 1996:

  • LaRoi Glover (166th overall pick by the Raiders)
  • Anthony Dorsett (177th overall pick by the Oilers)
  • Marco Rivera (208th overall pick by the Packers)
  • Carlos Emmons (242nd overall pick by the Steelers)

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Dallas Cowboys in the 1960s: Receiving Statistics

Frank Clarke

This is part of a series of posts that provides an in-depth look at the Cowboys of the 1960s. Several will provide comprehensive statistics.

Bob Hayes is widely regarded as the best receiver in Cowboys history prior to the arrival of Drew Pearson, but Frank Clarke needs to be mentioned any time that this conversation arises. Clarke was, of course, the first player in team history to surpass 1,000 receiving yards in a season, and his 14 touchdowns in 1962 remained the standard until 2007.

That said, the team’s passing game took off once Hayes arrived. In 1964, when the Cowboys featured such players as Clarke, Tommy McDonald, and Pettis Norman, Dallas averaged 179.71 yards per game. These number climbed to 237.93 yards per game in 1966 once the Cowboys had added Hayes, Pete Gent, and running back Dan Reeves. Lance Rentzel later emerged as a major target and became the third player in team history to gain more than 1,000 yards in a season.

Team Receiving Totals: 1960s
Year Rec. Yards Ave. TD Rec./Game Yds/Game
1960 163 2388 14.7 17 13.58 199.00
1961 219 2918 13.3 23 15.64 208.43
1962 200 3115 15.6 31 14.29 222.50
1963 200 2799 14 20 14.29 199.93
1964 192 2516 13.1 10 13.71 179.71
1965 167 2747 16.4 25 11.93 196.21
1966 214 3331 15.6 27 15.29 237.93
1967 210 3093 14.7 28 15.00 220.93
1968 220 3339 15.2 26 15.71 238.50
1969 189 3212 17 24 13.50 229.43
Total Combined Receptions, 1960s
Name Rec. Yards Ave. TD
Clarke, Frank 281 5214 18.6 50
Hayes, Bob 252 4888 19.4 49
Howton, Billy 161 2368 14.7 17
Rentzel, Lance 155 2965 19.1 26
Perkins, Don 146 1310 9 3
Norman, Pettis 118 1602 13.6 14
Reeves, Dan 114 1528 13.4 17
Marsh, Amos 97 1011 10.4 4
Folkins, Lee 75 984 13.1 10
Gent, Pete 68 989 14.5 4
McDonald, Tommy 46 612 13.3 2
Doran, Jim 44 707 16.1 5
Dial, Buddy 42 713 17 2
Baynham, Craig 32 393 12.3 3
Bielski, Dick 30 415 13.8 4
Dugan, Fred 29 461 15.9 1
Dupre, L.G. 27 265 9.8 2
Lockett, J.W. 26 192 7.4 4
Garrison, Walt 24 277 11.5 0
Stiger, Jim 22 216 9.8 1
Shy, Les 21 265 12.6 1
Hill, Calvin 20 232 11.6 0
Ditka, Mike 17 268 15.8 3
Homan, Dennis 16 332 20.8 1
McIlhenny, Don 16 126 7.9 1
Barnes, Gary 15 195 13.0 0
Kowalczyk, Walt 14 143 10.2 1
Babb, Gene 13 140 10.8 1
Bullocks, Amos 10 116 11.6 1
Dunn, Perry Lee 10 104 10.4 1
Gregory, Glynn 6 100 16.7 0
Smith, J.D. 6 13 2.2 1
Conrad, Bobby Joe 4 74 18.5 0
Renfro, Mel 4 65 16.3 0
Mathews, Ray 3 44 14.7 0
Davis, Donnie 2 31 15.5 0
Wright, Rayfield 2 27 13.5 1
Douglas, Merrill 1 -2 -2.0 0
Lewis, Woodley 1 19 19.0 0
Top Annual Receiving Totals
Year Name Rec. Yards Ave. TD
1964 Clarke, Frank 65 973 15.0 5
1966 Hayes, Bob 64 1232 19.3 13
1967 Rentzel, Lance 58 996 17.2 8
1961 Howton, Billy 56 785 14.0 4
1968 Rentzel, Lance 54 1009 18.7 6
1968 Hayes, Bob 53 909 17.2 10
1967 Hayes, Bob 49 998 20.4 10
1962 Howton, Billy 49 706 14.4 6
1962 Clarke, Frank 47 1043 22.2 14
1965 Hayes, Bob 46 1003 21.8 12
1964 McDonald, Tommy 46 612 13.3 2
1963 Clarke, Frank 43 833 19.4 10
1969 Rentzel, Lance 43 960 22.3 12
1961 Clarke, Frank 41 919 22.4 9
1965 Clarke, Frank 41 682 16.6 4
1966 Reeves, Dan 41 557 13.6 8
1969 Hayes, Bob 40 746 18.7 4
1962 Folkins, Lee 39 536 13.7 6
1967 Reeves, Dan 39 490 12.6 6
1962 Marsh, Amos 35 467 13.3 2
1963 Howton, Billy 33 514 15.6 3
1961 Perkins, Don 32 298 9.3 1
1960 Doran, Jim 31 554 17.9 3
1963 Folkins, Lee 31 407 13.1 4
1968 Baynham, Craig 29 380 13.1 3
1960 Dugan, Fred 29 461 15.9 1
1966 Gent, Pete 27 474 17.6 1
1961 Bielski, Dick 26 377 14.5 3
1966 Clarke, Frank 26 355 13.7 4
1963 Marsh, Amos 26 224 8.6 0
1964 Norman, Pettis 24 311 13.0 2
1960 Howton, Billy 23 363 15.8 4
1966 Perkins, Don 23 231 10.0 0
1960 Dupre, L.G. 21 216 10.3 2
1961 Marsh, Amos 21 189 9.0 2
1969 Hill, Calvin 20 232 11.6 0
1967 Norman, Pettis 20 220 11.0 2
1961 Lockett, J.W. 19 114 6.0 2
1963 Norman, Pettis 18 341 18.9 3
1968 Norman, Pettis 18 204 11.3 1
1967 Perkins, Don 18 116 6.4 0
1969 Reeves, Dan 18 187 10.4 1
1965 Dial, Buddy 17 283 16.6 1
1969 Ditka, Mike 17 268 15.8 3
1968 Perkins, Don 17 180 10.6 2
1965 Gent, Pete 16 233 14.6 2
1968 Gent, Pete 16 194 12.1 0
1963 Barnes, Gary 15 195 13.0 0
1964 Marsh, Amos 15 131 8.7 0
1960 McIlhenny, Don 15 120 8.0 1
1964 Perkins, Don 15 155 10.3 0
1966 Dial, Buddy 14 252 18.0 1
1960 Kowalczyk, Walt 14 143 10.2 1
1963 Perkins, Don 14 84 6.0 0
1965 Perkins, Don 14 142 10.1 0
1960 Babb, Gene 13 140 10.8 1
1961 Doran, Jim 13 153 11.8 2
1969 Garrison, Walt 13 131 10.1 0
1969 Norman, Pettis 13 238 18.3 3
1962 Perkins, Don 13 104 8.0 0
1963 Stiger, Jim 13 131 10.1 0
1969 Homan, Dennis 12 240 20.0 0
1966 Norman, Pettis 12 144 12.0 0
1964 Dial, Buddy 11 178 16.2 0
1965 Norman, Pettis 11 110 10.0 3
1968 Shy, Les 10 105 10.5 0
1960 Clarke, Frank 9 290 32.2 3
1967 Clarke, Frank 9 119 13.2 1
1967 Gent, Pete 9 88 9.8 1
1965 Reeves, Dan 9 210 23.3 1
1964 Stiger, Jim 9 85 9.4 1
1965 Dunn, Perry Lee 8 74 9.3 1
1969 Shy, Les 8 124 15.5 1
1963 Bullocks, Amos 7 70 10.0 0
1968 Garrison, Walt 7 111 15.9 0
1962 Lockett, J.W. 7 78 11.1 2
1968 Reeves, Dan 7 84 12.0 1
1961 Dupre, L.G. 6 49 8.2 0
1964 Folkins, Lee 5 41 8.2 0
1965 Smith, J.D. 5 10 2.0 1
1960 Bielski, Dick 4 38 9.5 1
1969 Conrad, Bobby Joe 4 74 18.5 0
1968 Homan, Dennis 4 92 23.0 1
1968 Randle, Sonny 4 56 14.0 1
1966 Renfro, Mel 4 65 16.3 0
1967 Baynham, Craig 3 13 4.3 0
1962 Bullocks, Amos 3 46 15.3 1
1961 Gregory, Glynn 3 30 10.0 0
1962 Gregory, Glynn 3 70 23.3 0
1960 Mathews, Ray 3 44 14.7 0
1967 Shy, Les 3 36 12.0 0
1962 Davis, Donnie 2 31 15.5 0
1964 Dunn, Perry Lee 2 30 15.0 0
1966 Garrison, Walt 2 18 9.0 0
1967 Garrison, Walt 2 17 8.5 0
1962 Norman, Pettis 2 34 17.0 0
1961 Douglas, Merrill 1 -2 -2.0 0
1960 Lewis, Woodley 1 19 19.0 0
1961 McIlhenny, Don 1 6 6.0
1966 Smith, J.D. 1 3 3.0 0
1969 Wright, Rayfield 1 12 12.0 0

Dallas Cowboys News in Brief: Barber’s Contract and Romo’s Possible Proposal

Notwithstanding my recent trip back to the decade before I was alive, there is some Cowboys news to report.

Barber’s Contract Talks

Marion BarberAccording to this video clip from the NFL Network, the Cowboys plan to step up their efforts to sign Marion Barber. For more on this, check out The Landry Hat.

Romo’s Possible Proposal

Now here’s a sudden change in direction for this blog: From 1960s Cowboys rushing statistics to Tony Romo’s love life. Someone from US Magazine.com sent me a link to this story, so I feel somewhat obligated to share it:

Jessica Simpson is head over heels in love with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo – and close pals say an engagement might be around the corner.

“I think they’re going to get married,” Romo’s close friend of three years, Michael Starr, says in the latest issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands now.

Starr’s prediction comes on top of Romo’s former fling Sophia Bush telling Us, “I think they could go the distance.

“They’re perfect for each other,” the actress, a mutual friend of Romo and Simpson, added. “They’re both funny and wonderful and kind. I’m rooting for them.”

Even Simpson’s ex, Nick Lachey, has chimed in to add his blessing. “I wish her nothing but happiness,” he told Us. “If she’s found that… good for her.”

I personally know far more about Jim Lachey of Washington Redskins fame than I do about Nick Lachey, but I suppose this is indeed news.

Flozell and the Free Agent Market

Apparently this draft has quite a number of candidates at the tackle position, but I am not pleased about the possibility of losing Flozell Adams is troublesome. Here is a blurb from the DMN:

The team has some concerns about signing Adams. Signing an offensive lineman in free agency is doubtful unless it’s an upgrade over what they have or finding someone better than Adams. But taking one in the second day of the draft is possible.

The report says that Dallas will start Pat McQuistan if Flozell leaves. Not good.

Dallas Cowboys in the 1960s: Rushing Statistics



This is part of a series of posts that provides an in-depth look at the Cowboys of the 1960s. Several will provide comprehensive statistics.

Don PerkinsBy today’s standards, the Cowboys’ rushing statistics in the 1960s are hardly impressive. But for that era, the Cowboys were consistently one of the best running teams in the league, even though Dallas was in its first decade of existence. As you can see from the first table below, the Cowboys’ ranking in rushing yards climbed steadily, and the team finished first or second in the league in rushing yards during three of its four most competitive years between 1966 through 1969.

Don Perkins currently ranks 62nd on the all-time rushing list, with 6,217 yards on 1500 carries. At the time of his retirement following the 1968 season, however, Perkins ranked fifth on the all-time list, even though he had only played eight years. The other players ahead of him included Jim Brown (12,312 in 9 years); Jim Taylor (8,597 yards in 10 years); Joe Perry (8,378 in 14 years); and John Henry Johnson (6,803 in 13 years). So if anyone should want to question why Perkins is in the Ring of Honor, that gives a pretty good reason for it.

Team Rushing Totals: 1960s
Year Att. Yards Ave. TD Yds. Per Game NFL Rank
1960 312 1049 3.4 6 87.42 13/13
1961 427 1837 4.3 7 131.21 10/14
1962 434 2040 4.7 16 145.71 3/14
1963 420 1795 4.3 18 128.21 6/14
1964 421 1691 4.0 15 120.79 8/14
1965 405 1558 3.8 8 111.29 8/14
1966 471 2122 4.5 24 151.57 2/15
1967 477 1900 4.0 13 135.71 5/16
1968 480 2091 4.4 22 149.36 2/16
1969 532 2276 4.3 17 162.57 1/16
Total Combined Rushing Yards, 1960s
Name Att. Yards Ave. TD
Perkins, Don 1500 6217 4.1 42
Marsh, Amos 427 2065 4.8 14
Reeves, Dan 480 1813 3.8 23
Garrison, Walt 261 1297 5.0 8
Meredith, Don 242 1216 5.0 15
Hill, Calvin 204 942 4.6 8
Bullocks, Amos 129 537 4.2 4
Shy, Les 140 510 3.6 3
Baynham, Craig 109 442 4.1 6
Dupre, L.G. 120 422 3.5 3
Stiger, Jim 99 420 4.2 2
Lockett, J.W. 85 322 3.8 2
McIlhenny, Don 98 325 3.3 1
Smith, J.D. 93 302 3.2 3
Dunn, Perry Lee 80 274 3.4 3
Clarke, Frank 32 231 7.2 1
Morton, Craig 45 174 3.9 3
LeBaron, Eddie 45 170 3.8 1
Norman, Pettis 18 162 9.0 0
Kowalczyk, Walt 50 156 3.1 1
Babb, Gene 39 115 2.9 0
Staubach, Roger 15 60 4.0 1
Renfro, Mel 8 52 6.5 0
Rhome, Jerry 13 37 2.8 0
Douglas, Merrill 5 24 4.8 0
Welch, Claxton 6 21 3.5 0
Baker, Sam 1 15 15.0 0
Rentzel, Lance 2 11 5.5 0
Hayes, Bob 13 10 0.8 1
Folkins, Lee 1 9 9.0 0
Howton, Billy 1 9 9.0 0
Roach, John 8 9 1.1 0
Villanueva, Danny 2 8 4.0 0
Heinrich, Don 2 3 1.5 0
Whitfield, A.D. 1 0 0.0 0
Gent, Pete 2 -5 -2.5 0
Lothridge, Billy 2 -6 -3.0 1
Wright, Rayfield 1 -10 -10.0 0
Top Annual Rushing Totals
Year Name Att. Yards Ave. TD
1962 Perkins, Don 222 945 4.3 7
1969 Hill, Calvin 204 942 4.6 8
1968 Perkins, Don 191 836 4.4 4
1967 Perkins, Don 201 823 4.1 6
1969 Garrison, Walt 176 818 4.6 2
1961 Perkins, Don 200 815 4.1 4
1962 Marsh, Amos 144 802 5.6 6
1964 Perkins, Don 174 768 4.4 6
1966 Reeves, Dan 175 757 4.3 8
1966 Perkins, Don 186 726 3.9 8
1965 Perkins, Don 177 690 3.9 0
1963 Perkins, Don 149 614 4.1 7
1967 Reeves, Dan 173 603 3.5 5
1963 Marsh, Amos 99 483 4.9 5
1968 Baynham, Craig 103 438 4.3 5
1964 Marsh, Amos 100 401 4.0 2
1961 Marsh, Amos 84 379 4.5 1
1960 Dupre, L.G. 104 362 3.5 3
1963 Bullocks, Amos 96 341 3.6 2
1960 McIlhenny, Don 96 321 3.3 1
1961 Lockett, J.W. 77 298 3.9 1
1965 Smith, J.D. 86 295 3.4 2
1964 Stiger, Jim 68 280 4.1 1
1968 Garrison, Walt 45 271 6.0 5
1965 Meredith, Don 35 247 7.1 1
1966 Meredith, Don 38 242 6.4 5
1962 Bullocks, Amos 33 196 5.9 2
1963 Meredith, Don 41 185 4.5 3
1968 Shy, Les 64 179 2.8 1
1968 Reeves, Dan 40 178 4.5 4
1961 Meredith, Don 22 176 8.0 1
1969 Reeves, Dan 59 173 2.9 4
1965 Dunn, Perry Lee 54 171 3.2 2
1960 Kowalczyk, Walt 50 156 3.1 1
1969 Shy, Les 42 154 3.7 1
1967 Garrison, Walt 24 146 6.1 0
1963 Stiger, Jim 31 140 4.5 1
1968 Meredith, Don 22 123 5.6 1
1966 Shy, Les 17 118 6.9 1
1960 Babb, Gene 39 115 2.9 0
1964 Dunn, Perry Lee 26 103 4.0 1
1965 Reeves, Dan 33 102 3.1 2
1960 LeBaron, Eddie 17 94 5.5 1
1967 Norman, Pettis 9 91 10.1 0
1967 Meredith, Don 28 84 3.0 0
1964 Meredith, Don 32 81 2.5 4
1962 Meredith, Don 21 74 3.5 0
1961 LeBaron, Eddie 20 72 3.6 0
1967 Clarke, Frank 4 72 18.0 1
1966 Garrison, Walt 16 62 3.9 1
1969 Morton, Craig 16 62 3.9 1
1961 Dupre, L.G. 16 60 3.8 0
1969 Staubach, Roger 15 60 4.0 1
1967 Shy, Les 17 59 3.5 0
1965 Clarke, Frank 8 58 7.3 0
1966 Renfro, Mel 8 52 6.5 0
1968 Norman, Pettis 4 51 12.8 0
1966 Morton, Craig 7 50 7.1 0
1966 Clarke, Frank 8 49 6.1 0
1964 Clarke, Frank 10 46 4.6 0
1967 Morton, Craig 15 42 2.8 0
1966 Rhome, Jerry 7 37 5.3 0
1968 Morton, Craig 4 28 7.0 2
1961 Douglas, Merrill 5 24 4.8 0
1962 Lockett, J.W. 8 24 3.0 1
1966 Villanueva, Danny 1 23 23.0 0
1969 Welch, Claxton 6 21 3.5 0
1969 Norman, Pettis 5 20 4.0 0
1969 Hayes, Bob 4 17 4.3 0
1963 Baker, Sam 1 15 15.0 0
1963 Clarke, Frank 1 12 12.0 0
1965 Rhome, Jerry 4 11 2.8 0
1969 Rentzel, Lance 2 11 5.5 0
1961 Howton, Billy 1 9 9.0 0
1964 Roach, John 8 9 1.1 0
1964 Folkins, Lee 1 9 9.0 0
1966 Smith, J.D. 7 7 1.0 1
1967 Baynham, Craig 3 6 2.0 1
1963 LeBaron, Eddie 2 5 2.5 0
1960 Meredith, Don 3 4 1.3 0
1960 Heinrich, Don 2 3 1.5 0
1968 Hayes, Bob 4 2 0.5 0
1965 Whitfield, A.D. 1 0 0.0 0
1962 LeBaron, Eddie 6 -1 -0.2 0
1966 Hayes, Bob 1 -1 -1.0 0
1969 Baynham, Craig 3 -2 -0.7 0
1968 Gent, Pete 2 -5 -2.5 0
1960 Clarke, Frank 1 -6 -6.0 0
1964 Lothridge, Billy 2 -6 -3.0 1
1965 Hayes, Bob 4 -8 -2.0 1
1965 Morton, Craig 3 -8 -2.7 0
1968 Wright, Rayfield 1 -10 -10.0 0
1967 Rhome, Jerry 2 -11 -5.5 0
1967 Villanueva, Danny 1 -15 -15.0 0

Dallas Cowboys in the 1960s: Passing Statistics

This is part of a series of posts that will provide an in-depth look at the Cowboys of the 1960s. Several will provide comprehensive statistics.

Don MeredithIn looking at the passing statistics of the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960s, it is plainly obvious and not surprising that Don Meredith leads every major category in terms of single-season stats and in terms of stats for the entire decade. What is somewhat surprising is that Eddie LeBaron, who played on some pretty awful Dallas teams from 1960 to 1962, generally outperformed Craig Morton, who saw a significant amount of playing time in 1967 and 1968 and who started in 1969.

For some context, consider these facts:

The 1961 season was the last year that LeBaron served as the primary starter (10 of 14 games). The Cowboys finished 4-9-1 and finished with the following rankings on offense:

Passing Attempts: 3rd out of 14 teams (422)
Passing Yards: 6th out of 14 teams (2661)
Rushing Attempts: 10th out of 14 teams (416)
Rushing Yards: 10th out of 14 teams (1819)

In 1969, when Morton started 13 of 14 games, the Cowboys finished with these rankings:

Passing Attempts: 12th out of 16 teams (355)
Passing Yards: 4th out of 16 teams (2846)
Rushing Attempts: 1st out of 16 teams (532)
Rushing Yards: 1st out of 16 teams (2276)

Morton finished with a better passer rating during the decade, but also had a much better offensive line and all-around talent with which to work than LeBaron. Morton played four more seasons with Dallas during the 1970s, and though he had his best year with the club in 1970, his overall stats were not much better than what he compiled in the 1960s.

Below are total stats for the decade and top 10 performances by season in the various passing categories.


1960s: Career Passing Statistics

Years

Name

Att.

Comp.

Pct.

Yds.
TD Int. Rating
1960-68 Don Meredith 2308 1170 50.69% 17199 135 111 74.8
1960-63 Eddie LeBaron 692 359 51.88% 5331 45 53 67.2
1965-69 Craig
Morton
585 305 52.14% 4747 40 36 76.5
1965-67 Jerry Rhome 75 39 52.00% 496 1 3 60.8
1969 Roger
Staubach
47 23 48.94% 421 1 2 69.5
1960 Don Heinrich 61 23 37.70% 371 3 3 54.7
1965-69 Dan
Reeves
32 14 43.75% 370 2 4 68
1964 John
Roach
68 32 47.06% 349 1 6 30.8
1969 Calvin Hill 3 3 100.00% 137 2 0 158.3
1964 Billy Lothridge 9 2 22.22% 24 0 2 0
1961 Buddy Humphrey 2 1 50.00% 16 0 0 77.1
1962 Sam Baker 1 0 0.00% 0 0 0 39.6
1968 Craig Baynham 1 0 0.00% 0 0 0 39.6
1964 Frank Clarke 1 0 0.00% 0 0 0 39.6
1964 Perry Lee Dunn 2 0 0.00% 0 0 0 39.6
1961-62 J.W. Lockett 3 0 0.00% 0 0 0 39.6
1964 Jim Stiger 1 0 0.00% 0 0 0 39.6

1960s: Season Passing– Attempts


Year

Name

Att.

Comp.

Pct.

Yds.
TD Int.
1966 Don Meredith 344 177 51.45% 2805 24 12
1964 Don Meredith 323 158 48.92% 2143 9 16
1963 Don Meredith 310 167 53.87% 2381 17 18
1968 Don Meredith 309 171 55.34% 2500 21 12
1965 Don Meredith 305 141 46.23% 2415 22 13
1969 Craig Morton 302 162 53.64% 2619 21 15
1967 Don Meredith 255 128 50.20% 1834 16 16
1961 Eddie LeBaron 236 120 50.85% 1741 14 16
1960 Eddie LeBaron 225 111 49.33% 1736 12 25
1962 Don Meredith 212 105 49.53% 1679 15 8

1960s: Season Passing– Completions

Year

Name

Att.

Comp.

Pct.

Yds.
TD Int.
1966 Don Meredith 344 177 51.45% 2805 24 12
1968 Don Meredith 309 171 55.34% 2500 21 12
1963 Don Meredith 310 167 53.87% 2381 17 18
1969 Craig Morton 302 162 53.64% 2619 21 15
1964 Don Meredith 323 158 48.92% 2143 9 16
1965 Don Meredith 305 141 46.23% 2415 22 13
1967 Don Meredith 255 128 50.20% 1834 16 16
1961 Eddie LeBaron 236 120 50.85% 1741 14 16
1960 Eddie LeBaron 225 111 49.33% 1736 12 25
1962 Don Meredith 212 105 49.53% 1679 15 8

1960s: Season Passing– Percentage (min. 100 att.)

Year

Name

Att.

Comp.

Pct.

Yds.
TD Int.
1962 Eddie LeBaron 166 95 57.23% 1436 16 9
1968 Don Meredith 309 171 55.34% 2500 21 12
1963 Don Meredith 310 167 53.87% 2381 17 18
1969 Craig Morton 302 162 53.64% 2619 21 15
1961 Don Meredith 182 94 51.65% 1161 9 11
1966 Don Meredith 344 177 51.45% 2805 24 12
1961 Eddie LeBaron 236 120 50.85% 1741 14 16
1967 Craig Morton 137 69 50.36% 978 10 10

1960s: Season Passing– Yards

Year

Name

Att.

Comp.

Pct.

Yds.
TD Int.
1966 Don Meredith 344 177 51.45% 2805 24 12
1969 Craig Morton 302 162 53.64% 2619 21 15
1968 Don Meredith 309 171 55.34% 2500 21 12
1965 Don Meredith 305 141 46.23% 2415 22 13
1963 Don Meredith 310 167 53.87% 2381 17 18
1964 Don Meredith 323 158 48.92% 2143 9 16
1967 Don Meredith 255 128 50.20% 1834 16 16
1961 Eddie LeBaron 236 120 50.85% 1741 14 16
1960 Eddie LeBaron 225 111 49.33% 1736 12 25
1962 Don Meredith 212 105 49.53% 1679 15 8

1960s: Season Passing– TD

Year

Name

Att.

Comp.

Pct.

Yds.
TD Int.
1966 Don Meredith 344 177 51.45% 2805 24 12
1965 Don Meredith 305 141 46.23% 2415 22 13
1968 Don Meredith 309 171 55.34% 2500 21 12
1969 Craig Morton 302 162 53.64% 2619 21 15
1963 Don Meredith 310 167 53.87% 2381 17 18
1962 Eddie LeBaron 166 95 57.23% 1436 16 9
1967 Don Meredith 255 128 50.20% 1834 16 16
1962 Don Meredith 212 105 49.53% 1679 15 8
1961 Eddie LeBaron 236 120 50.85% 1741 14 16
1960 Eddie LeBaron 225 111 49.33% 1736 12 25

Season Passing– Interceptions

Year

Name

Att.

Comp.

Pct.

Yds.
TD Int.
1960 Eddie LeBaron 225 111 49.33% 1736 12 25
1963 Don Meredith 310 167 53.87% 2381 17 18
1961 Eddie LeBaron 236 120 50.85% 1741 14 16
1964 Don Meredith 323 158 48.92% 2143 9 16
1967 Don Meredith 255 128 50.20% 1834 16 16
1969 Craig Morton 302 162 53.64% 2619 21 15
1965 Don Meredith 305 141 46.23% 2415 22 13
1966 Don Meredith 344 177 51.45% 2805 24 12
1968 Don Meredith 309 171 55.34% 2500 21 12
1961 Don Meredith 182 94 51.65% 1161 9 11

Season Passing– Rating

Year

Name

Att.

Comp.

Pct.

Yds.

TD

Int.

Rating
1962 Eddie LeBaron 166 95 57.23% 1436 16 9 95.4
1968 Don Meredith 309 171 55.34% 2500 21 12 88.4
1966 Don Meredith 344 177 51.45% 2805 24 12 87.7
1969 Craig Morton 302 162 53.64% 2619 21 15 85.4
1962 Don Meredith 212 105 49.53% 1679 15 8 84.2
1965 Don Meredith 305 141 46.23% 2415 22 13 79.9
1963 Don Meredith 310 167 53.87% 2381 17 18 73.1
1967 Don Meredith 255 128 50.20% 1834 16 16 68.7
1967 Craig Morton 137 69 50.36% 978 10 10 67.7
1961 Eddie LeBaron 236 120 50.85% 1741 14 16 66.7

Classic Video Game: Dallas vs. San Francisco on Sega Genesis Mega-CD

Sega CDOnce upon a time, I owned a Sega Genesis. Some time later, Sega introduced an add-on called the Mega-CD, which featured some games that had short videos (and not much else). I bought the thing thinking that the games would be much better than the Genesis itself, but there wasn’t much to these games. (YouTube has a clip of Joe Montana’s NFL Football on Sega CD… not impressive).

The one game that was worthwhile at the time was the one for NFL’s Greatest: San Francisco vs. Dallas 1978-1993. According to Elitist Gaming, this game allowed you to call plays and then watch video clips of actual games between the Cowboys and 49ers. The clips were spliced together so that it was really a simulation. Thus, you could call a play for Roger Staubach to throw a pass and then watch Michael Irvin catch it. The concept sounded better than the actual game, but I got a few hours out of it.

Here is a video clip showing the introduction of the game.

I recall that there was an arcade game similar to this featuring the Raiders and Chargers. With today’s technology, it kind of makes me wonder what the tech folks could do now.