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Episode 12 of Know Your Dallas Cowboys, The Show: Browns vs. Cowboys Classic Rivalry

Given the lack of viewers, we decided to rename our show from 10 Minutes to Know Your Dallas Cowboys to Know Your Dallas Cowboys: The Show so that we could produce episodes that were less than 10 minutes long. As it turns out, this show ended up being just about 10 minutes long, thus meaning that we just changed the name for really no good reason.

Here is some background information that relates to the show:

Between 1960 and 1970, Dallas faced Cleveland 20 times, including the playoffs. The Browns won 14 of those games, including two huge playoff games at the end of the 1960s. You might or might not know the names of some of the Cowboy-killers of the decade: Jim Brown (232 yards vs. Dallas in 1963); Bobby Mitchell (3 TDs in 1960; 140 rushing yards in 1962); Rich Kreitling (several touchdown receptions vs. Dallas); Gary Collins (same); Paul Warfield (same); Frank Ryan (Cleveland QB); Bill Nelson (Cleveland QB); Leroy Kelly (another of Cleveland’s Hall of Fame RBs).

This series was not all bad news for Dallas, though. The Cowboys pulled off one of their best performance in early franchise history when they routed the Browns 45-21 on December 2, 1962. The picture below (also featured in the clip) show Amos Marsh running for a few of his 117 yards that day.

Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Amos Marsh

Cleveland currently leads the series, 17-11. Below is a list of each of the games, which are linked to the box scores available at Pro-Football-Reference.com

Oct. 16, 1960 (at Dallas): Cleveland 48, Dallas 7
Oct. 1, 1961 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 25, Dallas 7
Dec. 3, 1961 (at Dallas): Cleveland 38, Dallas 17
Oct. 7, 1962 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 19, Dallas 10
Dec. 2, 1962 (at Dallas): Dallas 45, Cleveland 21
Sept. 22, 1963 (at Dallas): Cleveland 41, Dallas 24
Nov. 24, 1963 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 27, Dallas 17
Oct. 4, 1964 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 27, Dallas 6
Oct. 18, 1964 (at Dallas): Cleveland 20, Dallas 16
Oct. 17, 1965 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 23, Dallas 17
Nov. 21, 1965 (at Dallas): Cleveland 24, Dallas 17

Oct. 23, 1966 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 30, Dallas 21
Nov. 24, 1966 (at Dallas): Dallas 26, Cleveland 14
Sept. 17, 1967 (at Cleveland): Dallas 21, Cleveland 14

NFL PlayoffsDec. 24, 1967 (at Dallas): Dallas 52, Cleveland 14

Sept. 22, 1968 (at Dallas): Dallas 28, Cleveland 7

NFL PlayoffsDec. 21, 1968 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 31, Dallas 20

Nov. 2, 1969 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 42, Dallas 10

NFL PlayoffsDec. 28, 1969 (at Dallas): Cleveland 38, Dallas 14

Dec. 12, 1970 (at Cleveland): Dallas 6, Cleveland 2
Dec. 7, 1974 (at Dallas): Dallas 41, Cleveland 17
Sept. 24, 1979 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 26, Dallas 7
Nov. 25, 1982 (at Dallas): Dallas 31, Cleveland 14
Sept. 22, 1985 (at Dallas): Dallas 20, Cleveland 7
Dec. 4, 1988 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 24, Dallas 21
Sept. 1, 1991 (at Cleveland): Dallas 26, Cleveland 14
Dec. 10, 1994 (at Dallas): Cleveland 19, Dallas 14
Sept. 19, 2004 (at Dallas): Dallas 19, Dallas 12

Episode 12 of Know Your Dallas Cowboys, The Show: Browns vs. Cowboys Classic Rivalry

Given the lack of viewers, we decided to rename our show from 10 Minutes to Know Your Dallas Cowboys to Know Your Dallas Cowboys: The Show so that we could produce episodes that were less than 10 minutes long. As it turns out, this show ended up being just about 10 minutes long, thus meaning that we just changed the name for really no good reason.

Here is some background information that relates to the show:

Between 1960 and 1970, Dallas faced Cleveland 20 times, including the playoffs. The Browns won 14 of those games, including two huge playoff games at the end of the 1960s. You might or might not know the names of some of the Cowboy-killers of the decade: Jim Brown (232 yards vs. Dallas in 1963); Bobby Mitchell (3 TDs in 1960; 140 rushing yards in 1962); Rich Kreitling (several touchdown receptions vs. Dallas); Gary Collins (same); Paul Warfield (same); Frank Ryan (Cleveland QB); Bill Nelson (Cleveland QB); Leroy Kelly (another of Cleveland’s Hall of Fame RBs).

This series was not all bad news for Dallas, though. The Cowboys pulled off one of their best performance in early franchise history when they routed the Browns 45-21 on December 2, 1962. The picture below (also featured in the clip) show Amos Marsh running for a few of his 117 yards that day.

Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Amos Marsh

Cleveland currently leads the series, 17-11. Below is a list of each of the games, which are linked to the box scores available at Pro-Football-Reference.com

Oct. 16, 1960 (at Dallas): Cleveland 48, Dallas 7
Oct. 1, 1961 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 25, Dallas 7
Dec. 3, 1961 (at Dallas): Cleveland 38, Dallas 17
Oct. 7, 1962 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 19, Dallas 10
Dec. 2, 1962 (at Dallas): Dallas 45, Cleveland 21
Sept. 22, 1963 (at Dallas): Cleveland 41, Dallas 24
Nov. 24, 1963 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 27, Dallas 17
Oct. 4, 1964 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 27, Dallas 6
Oct. 18, 1964 (at Dallas): Cleveland 20, Dallas 16
Oct. 17, 1965 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 23, Dallas 17
Nov. 21, 1965 (at Dallas): Cleveland 24, Dallas 17

Oct. 23, 1966 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 30, Dallas 21
Nov. 24, 1966 (at Dallas): Dallas 26, Cleveland 14
Sept. 17, 1967 (at Cleveland): Dallas 21, Cleveland 14

NFL PlayoffsDec. 24, 1967 (at Dallas): Dallas 52, Cleveland 14

Sept. 22, 1968 (at Dallas): Dallas 28, Cleveland 7

NFL PlayoffsDec. 21, 1968 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 31, Dallas 20

Nov. 2, 1969 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 42, Dallas 10

NFL PlayoffsDec. 28, 1969 (at Dallas): Cleveland 38, Dallas 14

Dec. 12, 1970 (at Cleveland): Dallas 6, Cleveland 2
Dec. 7, 1974 (at Dallas): Dallas 41, Cleveland 17
Sept. 24, 1979 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 26, Dallas 7
Nov. 25, 1982 (at Dallas): Dallas 31, Cleveland 14
Sept. 22, 1985 (at Dallas): Dallas 20, Cleveland 7
Dec. 4, 1988 (at Cleveland): Cleveland 24, Dallas 21
Sept. 1, 1991 (at Cleveland): Dallas 26, Cleveland 14
Dec. 10, 1994 (at Dallas): Cleveland 19, Dallas 14
Sept. 19, 2004 (at Dallas): Dallas 19, Dallas 12

2008 Cowboys-Related Odds

A benefit, I suppose, for having several online betting services as a sponsor is that I receive information about oddsmaking related to the Cowboys. Thanks to Bodog, below are as many odds as you will probably need for the Cowboys… at least for now.

Odds to win the 2009 Super Bowl XLIII
Dallas Cowboys 6/1

Odds to win the 2008 NFC Championship
Dallas Cowboys 9/5

Odds to win the NFC East Division
Dallas Cowboys 4/5

Win Totals
Dallas Cowboys Regular Season Wins
Over 10.5 -135
Under 10.5 +105

Dallas Cowboys Regular Season Home Wins
Over 6 -130
Under 6 Even

Dallas Cowboys Regular Season Away Wins
Over 4.5 -140
Under 4.5 +110

Miscellaneous Odds
Will Wade Phillips be the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys for week 1 of the 2009 NFL season?
Yes -115
No -115

Player Performance Odds

Tony Romo Passing Yards
Over/Under 4000

Tony Romo Passing Touchdowns
Over/Under 30.5

Marion Barber Rushing Yards
Over/Under 1150

Marion Barber Total Touchdowns
Over/Under 12.5

Felix Jones Rushing Yards
Over/Under 460

Felix Jones Total Touchdowns
Over/Under 4

Terrell Owens Receiving Yards
Over/Under 1220

Terrell Owens Touchdowns
Over/Under 13

Terrell Owens Receptions
Over/Under 85

Patrick Crayton Receiving Yards
Over/Under 760

Patrick Crayton Touchdowns
Over/Under 6.5

Jason Witten Receiving Yards
Over/Under 1000

Jason Witten Touchdowns
Over/Under 6.5

Jason Witten Receptions
Over/Under 85

DeMarcus Ware Sacks
Over/Under 12.5

Greg Ellis Sacks
Over/Under 8

Adam Jones Interceptions
Over 3 Even
Under 3 -130

2008 Cowboys-Related Odds

A benefit, I suppose, for having several online betting services as a sponsor is that I receive information about oddsmaking related to the Cowboys. Thanks to Bodog, below are as many odds as you will probably need for the Cowboys… at least for now.

Odds to win the 2009 Super Bowl XLIII
Dallas Cowboys 6/1

Odds to win the 2008 NFC Championship
Dallas Cowboys 9/5

Odds to win the NFC East Division
Dallas Cowboys 4/5

Win Totals
Dallas Cowboys Regular Season Wins
Over 10.5 -135
Under 10.5 +105

Dallas Cowboys Regular Season Home Wins
Over 6 -130
Under 6 Even

Dallas Cowboys Regular Season Away Wins
Over 4.5 -140
Under 4.5 +110

Miscellaneous Odds
Will Wade Phillips be the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys for week 1 of the 2009 NFL season?
Yes -115
No -115

Player Performance Odds

Tony Romo Passing Yards
Over/Under 4000

Tony Romo Passing Touchdowns
Over/Under 30.5

Marion Barber Rushing Yards
Over/Under 1150

Marion Barber Total Touchdowns
Over/Under 12.5

Felix Jones Rushing Yards
Over/Under 460

Felix Jones Total Touchdowns
Over/Under 4

Terrell Owens Receiving Yards
Over/Under 1220

Terrell Owens Touchdowns
Over/Under 13

Terrell Owens Receptions
Over/Under 85

Patrick Crayton Receiving Yards
Over/Under 760

Patrick Crayton Touchdowns
Over/Under 6.5

Jason Witten Receiving Yards
Over/Under 1000

Jason Witten Touchdowns
Over/Under 6.5

Jason Witten Receptions
Over/Under 85

DeMarcus Ware Sacks
Over/Under 12.5

Greg Ellis Sacks
Over/Under 8

Adam Jones Interceptions
Over 3 Even
Under 3 -130

Ranking Terry Glenn in Dallas Cowboys Team History

Terry GlennThe Cowboys announced today that they have released Terry Glenn, who saw action in only one game in 2007 and played in the divisional playoff loss to the Giants. Here is a blurb:

The Cowboys have released the veteran wide receiver, team owner Jerry Jones announced during Friday’s afternoon practice here at training camp in Oxnard, Calif.

Jones said he met with Glenn and his agent, Jim Gould over the last few days, including conversations on Friday in attempt to figure out the best solution.

“We’ve been working for weeks with Terry’s representative, looking at how might structure something, as it pertains to the preseason, as well as going into the season,” Jones said. “At the end of the day, we’re waiving Terry this afternoon. We’re going on down the road and seeing where we are.”

However, Jones added the Cowboys might be interested in re-signing Glenn later in the preseason or closer to the start of the regular season.

None of this is a surprise, but this might be a good time to take a look at where Glenn stands in terms of team history.

Terry Glenn, 2003-2007

Career Receptions: 208 (Rank: 17th)

This ranks 17th in team history. Of the 16 players in front of him, six were running backs and four were tight ends. This means that only six wide receivers had more career receptions with the Cowboys. These players include Michael Irvin, Drew Pearson, Tony Hill, Bob Hayes, Frank Clarke (who was also a tight end), and Kelvin Martin.

Receivers of note with fewer career receptions: Lance Rentzel, Terrell Owens (for now), Mike Renfro, Rocket Ismail, Joey Galloway, Keyshawn Johnson, and Butch Johnson.

Career Receptions Per Game: 3.9 (Rank: 6th)

The five players who averaged more receptions per game than Glenn include Owens (5.4), Irvin (4.7), Keyshawn Johnson (4.4), Jason Witten (4.4), and Rocket Ismail (4.1). Pearson only averaged 3.1 per game.

Career Receiving Yards: 3,337 (Rank: 12th)

Only five players in team history had more than 4,000 career receiving yards with the Cowboys. Glenn ranks just ahead of Martin (3,083) but behind Rentzel (3,521).

Career Receiving Yards Per Game: 63.0 (Rank: 4th)

Owens (81.8), Irvin (74.9), and Rentzel (66.4) averaged more yards per game. Still, this is a pretty impressive statistic.

Career Touchdowns: 20 (Rank: 12th)

Eighteen players in team history have had 16 or more career touchdowns with the Cowboys. Of these players, only two have exceeded that total in fewer games than Glenn, who played in 53 regular season games with the Cowboys. The two players include Owens (28 touchdowns in 31 games) and Billy Howton (17 touchdowns in 50 games).

Single Season Highlights

Glenn had two 1,000-yard seasons with the Cowboys in 2005 and 2006. He is one of ten players in team history to gain more than 1,000 yards in a season.

Intangibles: Pros

Glenn has been a dependable receiver, serving as a great deep threat since he arrived in Dallas in 2003.

Intangibles: Cons

Not many, other than that he was injured several times. He missed ten games in 2004 due to a foot injury, and he missed nearly all of 2007 with a knee injury.

Where Does He Rank?

My plugin does not allow me to create a poll where you can rank players, so I am going to try this one. I have included my own rankings of players, listing them by “Class” and including some receivers that I think fall within each class. Below, please vote for which “class” you think Terry Glenn belongs. We can save the debating about the others for the comments or for another blog entry.

A Class (top flight): Michael Irvin, Drew Pearson, Terrell Owens, Bob Hayes

B Class (great players who were just a notch below the top-flight receivers): Tony Hill, Frank Clarke

C Class (had the talent to be a top-flight receiver but never quite got there): Lance Rentzel, Alvin Harper, Golden Richards

D Class (quality third options): Kevin Williams, Patrick Crayton, Kelvin Martin, Butch Johnson

E Class (free agents who accomplished more elsewhere): Rocket Ismail, Joey Galloway, Keyshawn Johnson, Mike Renfro, Billy Howton, Lance Alworth

[Poll=71]

My vote: B Class.

Glenn has had the ability to break big plays, and he was a very dependable receiver when healthy. But he could not take over an entire game the way that the four listed as A Class could, so I would have to group him behind those players. Glenn was more consistent than Rentzel, who declined in productivity in this three years in Dallas. He was certainly a more constant threat than Harper or Richards, both of whom made memorable plays but did not have anywhere close the same number of catches as Glenn.

Ranking Terry Glenn in Dallas Cowboys Team History

Terry GlennThe Cowboys announced today that they have released Terry Glenn, who saw action in only one game in 2007 and played in the divisional playoff loss to the Giants. Here is a blurb:

The Cowboys have released the veteran wide receiver, team owner Jerry Jones announced during Friday’s afternoon practice here at training camp in Oxnard, Calif.

Jones said he met with Glenn and his agent, Jim Gould over the last few days, including conversations on Friday in attempt to figure out the best solution.

“We’ve been working for weeks with Terry’s representative, looking at how might structure something, as it pertains to the preseason, as well as going into the season,” Jones said. “At the end of the day, we’re waiving Terry this afternoon. We’re going on down the road and seeing where we are.”

However, Jones added the Cowboys might be interested in re-signing Glenn later in the preseason or closer to the start of the regular season.

None of this is a surprise, but this might be a good time to take a look at where Glenn stands in terms of team history.

Terry Glenn, 2003-2007

Career Receptions: 208 (Rank: 17th)

This ranks 17th in team history. Of the 16 players in front of him, six were running backs and four were tight ends. This means that only six wide receivers had more career receptions with the Cowboys. These players include Michael Irvin, Drew Pearson, Tony Hill, Bob Hayes, Frank Clarke (who was also a tight end), and Kelvin Martin.

Receivers of note with fewer career receptions: Lance Rentzel, Terrell Owens (for now), Mike Renfro, Rocket Ismail, Joey Galloway, Keyshawn Johnson, and Butch Johnson.

Career Receptions Per Game: 3.9 (Rank: 6th)

The five players who averaged more receptions per game than Glenn include Owens (5.4), Irvin (4.7), Keyshawn Johnson (4.4), Jason Witten (4.4), and Rocket Ismail (4.1). Pearson only averaged 3.1 per game.

Career Receiving Yards: 3,337 (Rank: 12th)

Only five players in team history had more than 4,000 career receiving yards with the Cowboys. Glenn ranks just ahead of Martin (3,083) but behind Rentzel (3,521).

Career Receiving Yards Per Game: 63.0 (Rank: 4th)

Owens (81.8), Irvin (74.9), and Rentzel (66.4) averaged more yards per game. Still, this is a pretty impressive statistic.

Career Touchdowns: 20 (Rank: 12th)

Eighteen players in team history have had 16 or more career touchdowns with the Cowboys. Of these players, only two have exceeded that total in fewer games than Glenn, who played in 53 regular season games with the Cowboys. The two players include Owens (28 touchdowns in 31 games) and Billy Howton (17 touchdowns in 50 games).

Single Season Highlights

Glenn had two 1,000-yard seasons with the Cowboys in 2005 and 2006. He is one of ten players in team history to gain more than 1,000 yards in a season.

Intangibles: Pros

Glenn has been a dependable receiver, serving as a great deep threat since he arrived in Dallas in 2003.

Intangibles: Cons

Not many, other than that he was injured several times. He missed ten games in 2004 due to a foot injury, and he missed nearly all of 2007 with a knee injury.

Where Does He Rank?

My plugin does not allow me to create a poll where you can rank players, so I am going to try this one. I have included my own rankings of players, listing them by “Class” and including some receivers that I think fall within each class. Below, please vote for which “class” you think Terry Glenn belongs. We can save the debating about the others for the comments or for another blog entry.

A Class (top flight): Michael Irvin, Drew Pearson, Terrell Owens, Bob Hayes

B Class (great players who were just a notch below the top-flight receivers): Tony Hill, Frank Clarke

C Class (had the talent to be a top-flight receiver but never quite got there): Lance Rentzel, Alvin Harper, Golden Richards

D Class (quality third options): Kevin Williams, Patrick Crayton, Kelvin Martin, Butch Johnson

E Class (free agents who accomplished more elsewhere): Rocket Ismail, Joey Galloway, Keyshawn Johnson, Mike Renfro, Billy Howton, Lance Alworth

[Poll=71]

My vote: B Class.

Glenn has had the ability to break big plays, and he was a very dependable receiver when healthy. But he could not take over an entire game the way that the four listed as A Class could, so I would have to group him behind those players. Glenn was more consistent than Rentzel, who declined in productivity in this three years in Dallas. He was certainly a more constant threat than Harper or Richards, both of whom made memorable plays but did not have anywhere close the same number of catches as Glenn.

Trivia: 1960s Dallas Cowboys

Here are 10 trivia questions focusing on the Dallas Cowboys of the 1960s.

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 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