Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #91

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #91

Six Cowboys have worn #91, including four defensive linemen, a linebacker, and a long snapper.

Walt Johnson, DT, Pittsburgh, 1987

Statistics: Johnson recorded one sack with Cowboys.

Accolades: n/a

Longevity: He played in one replacement game in 1987.

Intangibles: Replacement player.

Darren Benson, DT, Trinity Valley C.C., 1995-97

Statistics: Benson recorded a few special teams tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in parts of two seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Benson was active for twelve total games in 1995 and 1997. He played mostly on special teams.

Leonardo Carson, DT, Auburn, 2003-04

Statistics: Carson recorded two sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Carson played less than two full seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: Dallas picked up Carson in 2003, and he played in half of that season plus all of 2004.

L.P. Ladouceur, LS Cal, 2005-present

Statistics: Ladouceur has recorded a few special teams tackles.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Ladouceur is currently in his fourth season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Long-snappers don’t have an easy job because either they do their jobs or they completely blow it. Ladouceur has been very consistent in four seasons– so much so that we seldom hear about him. For that, he makes the Greatest Cowboys by Number list.

Dimitrius Underwood, DL, Michigan State, 2000-01

Statistics: Underwood recorded four sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Underwood’s story is pretty sad. He has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and is currently housed in a unit in Philadelphia for mentally disturbed patients. As a Cowboy, he showed a little bit of promise, but after attempting suicide, the Cowboys cut him.

Matt Vanderbeek, LB/DE, Michigan State, 1993-94

Statistics: Vanderbeek recorded a few special teams tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Vanderbeek was a backup who played mostly on special teams for two seasons.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #91.

Greatest #91

  • L.P. Ladouceur (71%, 39 Votes)
  • Dimitrius Underwood (11%, 6 Votes)
  • Matt Vanderbeek (11%, 6 Votes)
  • Walt Johnson (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Darren Benson (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Leonardo Carson (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 55

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My Vote: Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur

For the life of me, I can’t spell his name right. Nevertheless, for a blog that focuses on obscurity by a guy that identifies himself by his former special teams position, I have to go with Ladouceur. Both Mat McBriar and Nick Folk have made the Pro Bowl since Ladouceur became the deep snapper, and the only botch that comes to mind (vs. Seattle in the 2006 playoffs; you may have heard about this) wasn’t his fault.

Trivia about him: the Canadian native’s full name is Louis-Philippe Ladouceur-Semeteys. Can’t help but think this: the snap is to Brad (one syllable) Johnson (two syllables); the kick is by Nick (one syllable) Folk (one syllable); the snap is by Louis-Philippe Ladouceur-Semeteys (12 total syllables if you try to pronounce it like I just did…).

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #91

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #91

Six Cowboys have worn #91, including four defensive linemen, a linebacker, and a long snapper.

Walt Johnson, DT, Pittsburgh, 1987

Statistics: Johnson recorded one sack with Cowboys.

Accolades: n/a

Longevity: He played in one replacement game in 1987.

Intangibles: Replacement player.

Darren Benson, DT, Trinity Valley C.C., 1995-97

Statistics: Benson recorded a few special teams tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in parts of two seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Benson was active for twelve total games in 1995 and 1997. He played mostly on special teams.

Leonardo Carson, DT, Auburn, 2003-04

Statistics: Carson recorded two sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Carson played less than two full seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: Dallas picked up Carson in 2003, and he played in half of that season plus all of 2004.

L.P. Ladouceur, LS Cal, 2005-present

Statistics: Ladouceur has recorded a few special teams tackles.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Ladouceur is currently in his fourth season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Long-snappers don’t have an easy job because either they do their jobs or they completely blow it. Ladouceur has been very consistent in four seasons– so much so that we seldom hear about him. For that, he makes the Greatest Cowboys by Number list.

Dimitrius Underwood, DL, Michigan State, 2000-01

Statistics: Underwood recorded four sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Underwood’s story is pretty sad. He has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and is currently housed in a unit in Philadelphia for mentally disturbed patients. As a Cowboy, he showed a little bit of promise, but after attempting suicide, the Cowboys cut him.

Matt Vanderbeek, LB/DE, Michigan State, 1993-94

Statistics: Vanderbeek recorded a few special teams tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Vanderbeek was a backup who played mostly on special teams for two seasons.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #91.

Greatest #91

  • L.P. Ladouceur (71%, 39 Votes)
  • Dimitrius Underwood (11%, 6 Votes)
  • Matt Vanderbeek (11%, 6 Votes)
  • Walt Johnson (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Darren Benson (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Leonardo Carson (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 55

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My Vote: Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur

For the life of me, I can’t spell his name right. Nevertheless, for a blog that focuses on obscurity by a guy that identifies himself by his former special teams position, I have to go with Ladouceur. Both Mat McBriar and Nick Folk have made the Pro Bowl since Ladouceur became the deep snapper, and the only botch that comes to mind (vs. Seattle in the 2006 playoffs; you may have heard about this) wasn’t his fault.

Trivia about him: the Canadian native’s full name is Louis-Philippe Ladouceur-Semeteys. Can’t help but think this: the snap is to Brad (one syllable) Johnson (two syllables); the kick is by Nick (one syllable) Folk (one syllable); the snap is by Louis-Philippe Ladouceur-Semeteys (12 total syllables if you try to pronounce it like I just did…).

Instant Trivia: Cowboys vs. Eagles

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Instant Trivia: Cowboys vs. Eagles

Here are ten trivia questions related to the Cowboys’ win over Philadelphia on Monday night.


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Rate the Cowboys: Week 2 vs. Eagles

Here are this week’s rankings of the Cowboys in their 41-37 win over Philadelphia on Monday Night Football.

Note: Few people are filling out the separate polls, so I have mergered them into one.

My votes:

Tony Romo – 4 Stars: Romo made some big mistakes in the first half, but he made the plays that counted down the stretch. Without either Jason Witten or Terrell Owens, we’d be in trouble.

Marion Barber – 3 Stars: Barber was going to get 2 stars until he started breaking away from the Eagles’ gang tackles in the second half. He finished with 63 yards rushing and a huge touchdown.

Terrell Owens – 3 Stars: Kind of odd to give him three stars when had two touchdown receptions, but he was noticably absent in the second half.

Patrick Crayton – 2 Stars: Crayton caught two passes for 23 yards. It was pretty obvious that the Eagles were focused almost entirely on Owens and Witten, but Crayton still had a quiet game.

Jason Witten – 5 Stars: Witten was the real star in the game. When Dallas needed a big play (end of the second half, drive for the go-ahead score), Witten was the man.

Pass Blocking – 3 Stars: Marc Columbo was beaten pretty badly on at least two plays, and Romo had trouble getting his feet set. On the other hand, he had plenty of time to throw on the big plays, especially the 72-yard bomb to Terrell Owens.

Run Blocking – 3 Stars: Barber seldom had anywhere to run until the second half.

Role Players and Backups – 3 Stars: Martellus Bennett had a nice 20-yard catch-and-run, but that was his only catch. Felix Jones did most of his damage on kickoff returns, though he nearly broke a run in the third quarter.

Penalties – 3 Stars: Only three of the ten penalties were on the offense, but the penalty on Proctor in the second quarter was huge. It negated a 55-yard pass play to Owens when the Cowboys trailed the Eagles 27-21 midway through the quarter.

Run Support – 3 Stars: Dallas held the Eagles to 78 rushing yards, but the Cowboys did not tackle well. This area could have been worse if the Eagles were trying to run the clock down.

Pass Rush – 4 Stars: This one jumped from two stars to four stars on the final series. DeMarcus Ware and Greg Ellis came up huge when it really counted.

Tackling – 2 Stars: Some plays were ugly. Lots of grabbing, and Westbrook and McNabb were able to get away from Dallas defenders, especially in the first half.

Coverage – 3 Stars: DeSean Jackson gave the Cowboys fits against the Eagles. It was hard to tell whether Roy Williams or Pacman Jones was beaten worse on Jackson’s not-quite-a-touchdown. Williams is out for a while with a broken arm, which may or may not be a bad thing for the secondary.

Penalties – 3 Stars: Dallas was called for two facemask penalties, including one as the Eagles were trying to go in for the go-ahead score. The pass interference penalty on Anthony Henry was bogus, and most of the other defensive penalties were harmless.

Nick Folk – 4 Stars: Field goals: Automatic. Kickoffs: Need work. The opening kickoff went out of bounds, giving the Eagles the ball at the Dallas 40.

Mat McBriar – 3 Stars: He averaged 42.7 yards per punt and downed on inside the 20 (thanks to a re-do caused by a penalty). Nothing great, nothing bad.

Coverage Units – 3 Stars: Overall, the coverage improved, but the Eagles still managed a long return of 47 yards when the Cowboys really needed a special teams play. Punt coverage was good overall.

Return Game – 4 Stars: If your returner’s name is Felix Jones, you are doing well. If it is Isaiah Stanback, you aren’t. Jones is fun to watch.

Penalties – 3 Stars: There were only two penalties that counted (one against Pat Watkins was offset by an Eagle penalty). But that is two too many.

Rate the Cowboys: Week 2 vs. Eagles

Here are this week’s rankings of the Cowboys in their 41-37 win over Philadelphia on Monday Night Football.

Note: Few people are filling out the separate polls, so I have mergered them into one.

My votes:

Tony Romo – 4 Stars: Romo made some big mistakes in the first half, but he made the plays that counted down the stretch. Without either Jason Witten or Terrell Owens, we’d be in trouble.

Marion Barber – 3 Stars: Barber was going to get 2 stars until he started breaking away from the Eagles’ gang tackles in the second half. He finished with 63 yards rushing and a huge touchdown.

Terrell Owens – 3 Stars: Kind of odd to give him three stars when had two touchdown receptions, but he was noticably absent in the second half.

Patrick Crayton – 2 Stars: Crayton caught two passes for 23 yards. It was pretty obvious that the Eagles were focused almost entirely on Owens and Witten, but Crayton still had a quiet game.

Jason Witten – 5 Stars: Witten was the real star in the game. When Dallas needed a big play (end of the second half, drive for the go-ahead score), Witten was the man.

Pass Blocking – 3 Stars: Marc Columbo was beaten pretty badly on at least two plays, and Romo had trouble getting his feet set. On the other hand, he had plenty of time to throw on the big plays, especially the 72-yard bomb to Terrell Owens.

Run Blocking – 3 Stars: Barber seldom had anywhere to run until the second half.

Role Players and Backups – 3 Stars: Martellus Bennett had a nice 20-yard catch-and-run, but that was his only catch. Felix Jones did most of his damage on kickoff returns, though he nearly broke a run in the third quarter.

Penalties – 3 Stars: Only three of the ten penalties were on the offense, but the penalty on Proctor in the second quarter was huge. It negated a 55-yard pass play to Owens when the Cowboys trailed the Eagles 27-21 midway through the quarter.

Run Support – 3 Stars: Dallas held the Eagles to 78 rushing yards, but the Cowboys did not tackle well. This area could have been worse if the Eagles were trying to run the clock down.

Pass Rush – 4 Stars: This one jumped from two stars to four stars on the final series. DeMarcus Ware and Greg Ellis came up huge when it really counted.

Tackling – 2 Stars: Some plays were ugly. Lots of grabbing, and Westbrook and McNabb were able to get away from Dallas defenders, especially in the first half.

Coverage – 3 Stars: DeSean Jackson gave the Cowboys fits against the Eagles. It was hard to tell whether Roy Williams or Pacman Jones was beaten worse on Jackson’s not-quite-a-touchdown. Williams is out for a while with a broken arm, which may or may not be a bad thing for the secondary.

Penalties – 3 Stars: Dallas was called for two facemask penalties, including one as the Eagles were trying to go in for the go-ahead score. The pass interference penalty on Anthony Henry was bogus, and most of the other defensive penalties were harmless.

Nick Folk – 4 Stars: Field goals: Automatic. Kickoffs: Need work. The opening kickoff went out of bounds, giving the Eagles the ball at the Dallas 40.

Mat McBriar – 3 Stars: He averaged 42.7 yards per punt and downed on inside the 20 (thanks to a re-do caused by a penalty). Nothing great, nothing bad.

Coverage Units – 3 Stars: Overall, the coverage improved, but the Eagles still managed a long return of 47 yards when the Cowboys really needed a special teams play. Punt coverage was good overall.

Return Game – 4 Stars: If your returner’s name is Felix Jones, you are doing well. If it is Isaiah Stanback, you aren’t. Jones is fun to watch.

Penalties – 3 Stars: There were only two penalties that counted (one against Pat Watkins was offset by an Eagle penalty). But that is two too many.

Cowboys 41, Eagles 37: A Stressful Shootout

I can’t take a season of these.

With the help of two plays– a 72-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens and a 98-yard kickoff return by Felix Jones, the Cowboys took an early 14-6 lead.

Here is Jones’ kickoff return:

That lead evaporated into a 20-14 deficit during a span of 33 seconds that saw the Cowboys commit two turnovers, including a Tony Romo interception and a fumble in the end zone.

The Eagles managed 24 second quarter points and held a 30-21 lead with just 47 seconds left in the half. Rookie DeSean Jackson gave the Cowboys fits, though he committed a Leon Lett-type of gaffe by celebrating about a year too early:

That is when Romo went to work, finding Jason Witten on a 42-yard play that moved the Cowboys to the Philadelphia 33. Nick Folk kicked the first of two clutch field goals to cut the Eagle lead to 30-24 at the half.

That sequence was crucial, because up to that point the Cowboys had trouble stopping Philadelphia. The field goal cut the Eagle lead to one possession, and Dallas was able to take the lead with 5:14 left in the third quarter.

The defense looked shaky for much of the game, and when the Eagles took a 37-31 lead on the second play of the fourth quarter, things really got nervous.

Dallas cut into the lead with a Folk field goal with 10:34 remaining, but the Cowboys gave up a 47-yard kickoff return by Quintin Demps to put the ball at the Dallas 45. The Eagles moved the ball to the Dallas 33, but the Cowboys got a huge break with Donovan McNabb fumbled the handoff to Brian Westbrook and Jay Ratliff recovered.

The Cowboys drove the ball back down field, and thanks to a 32-yard pass to Witten, moved into the red zone. A pass interference penalty on Asante Samuel in the end zone gave the Cowboys a first and goal, and Marion Barber pounded it in to give the Cowboys the lead for good.

On the final Eagle drive, Ratliff committed the tenth Dallas penalty by grabbing onto Westbrook’s facemask, giving the Eagles a 1st down at the Philadelphia 49. That’s when the linebacking duo of Greg Ellis and DeMarcus Ware showed their stuff, with Ellis getting a sack on first down and Ware getting a huge sack on third down. The Eagles’ attempt at a trick play failed, and Dallas ran the clock out.

Numbers of Interest

* Tony Romo now has 12 games throwing for 300 or more yards. He is one away from tying the team record of 13, set by Troy Aikman.

* Jason Witten caught seven passes for 110 yards. It marks the seventh time he has gained more than 100 yards receiving in a game.

* Terrell Owens has made multiple touchdown receptions in six games with the Cowboys (2006 – 2; 2007 – 3; 2008 – 2).

* After holding the ball for only 11:30 of the first half, Dallas controlled the clock in the second half by holding on to it for 17:32.

* With 21 penalties for 190 yards in two games, the Cowboys lead the NFL in both categories. Second place? Green Bay, with 20 penalties for 180 yards.

* With 34.5 points per game, the Cowboys rank fourth after two weeks. Philadelphia (37.5) is second, while Green Bay (36) is third. Next week should be interesting.

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I will have the ranking poll up tomorrow for anyone who is interested. Hope someone liked the live blog; even if not, it was fun with the CoverItLive software. Lots of options.

Cowboys vs. Eagles: Preview and Live Blog

Here is the live blog for tonight’s game.

Cowboys 41, Eagles 37: A Stressful Shootout

I can’t take a season of these.

With the help of two plays– a 72-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens and a 98-yard kickoff return by Felix Jones, the Cowboys took an early 14-6 lead.

Here is Jones’ kickoff return:

That lead evaporated into a 20-14 deficit during a span of 33 seconds that saw the Cowboys commit two turnovers, including a Tony Romo interception and a fumble in the end zone.

The Eagles managed 24 second quarter points and held a 30-21 lead with just 47 seconds left in the half. Rookie DeSean Jackson gave the Cowboys fits, though he committed a Leon Lett-type of gaffe by celebrating about a year too early:

That is when Romo went to work, finding Jason Witten on a 42-yard play that moved the Cowboys to the Philadelphia 33. Nick Folk kicked the first of two clutch field goals to cut the Eagle lead to 30-24 at the half.

That sequence was crucial, because up to that point the Cowboys had trouble stopping Philadelphia. The field goal cut the Eagle lead to one possession, and Dallas was able to take the lead with 5:14 left in the third quarter.

The defense looked shaky for much of the game, and when the Eagles took a 37-31 lead on the second play of the fourth quarter, things really got nervous.

Dallas cut into the lead with a Folk field goal with 10:34 remaining, but the Cowboys gave up a 47-yard kickoff return by Quintin Demps to put the ball at the Dallas 45. The Eagles moved the ball to the Dallas 33, but the Cowboys got a huge break with Donovan McNabb fumbled the handoff to Brian Westbrook and Jay Ratliff recovered.

The Cowboys drove the ball back down field, and thanks to a 32-yard pass to Witten, moved into the red zone. A pass interference penalty on Asante Samuel in the end zone gave the Cowboys a first and goal, and Marion Barber pounded it in to give the Cowboys the lead for good.

On the final Eagle drive, Ratliff committed the tenth Dallas penalty by grabbing onto Westbrook’s facemask, giving the Eagles a 1st down at the Philadelphia 49. That’s when the linebacking duo of Greg Ellis and DeMarcus Ware showed their stuff, with Ellis getting a sack on first down and Ware getting a huge sack on third down. The Eagles’ attempt at a trick play failed, and Dallas ran the clock out.

Numbers of Interest

* Tony Romo now has 12 games throwing for 300 or more yards. He is one away from tying the team record of 13, set by Troy Aikman.

* Jason Witten caught seven passes for 110 yards. It marks the seventh time he has gained more than 100 yards receiving in a game.

* Terrell Owens has made multiple touchdown receptions in six games with the Cowboys (2006 – 2; 2007 – 3; 2008 – 2).

* After holding the ball for only 11:30 of the first half, Dallas controlled the clock in the second half by holding on to it for 17:32.

* With 21 penalties for 190 yards in two games, the Cowboys lead the NFL in both categories. Second place? Green Bay, with 20 penalties for 180 yards.

* With 34.5 points per game, the Cowboys rank fourth after two weeks. Philadelphia (37.5) is second, while Green Bay (36) is third. Next week should be interesting.

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I will have the ranking poll up tomorrow for anyone who is interested. Hope someone liked the live blog; even if not, it was fun with the CoverItLive software. Lots of options.

Cowboys vs. Eagles: Preview and Live Blog

Here is the live blog for tonight’s game.