Roger Staubach Isn’t Poor

Roger StaubachAlthough I am sometimes an avid boxing fan, it’s probably a good thing that Roger Staubach was my childhood idol and role model instead of some boxer. Here’s some perspective:

Mike Tyson: Earned more than $300 million in the ring but filed for bankruptcy in 2003.

Evander Holyfield: Earned more than $120 million during his career but his house is now in foreclosure.

Roger Staubach: Made $25,000 when he started playing in the NFL, which led him to take a job as a commercial real estate broker during his off-seasons. He formed his own company in 1977 along with fellow broker Robert Holloway.

Thirty-one years later, Staubach’s firm is being acquired for some $613 million, and possibly more. Here is the story:

Real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. said Monday it will buy The Staubach Co., a realty firm founded in 1977 by former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach.

Jones Lang will pay $613 million over five years for Staubach, including $123 million cash and $100 million in stock at closing and the balance in cash over five years. It will pay up to $114 million more depending on whether Staubach reaches performance goals.

Jones Lang said the deal would strengthen its tenant-representation business and add to earnings per share beginning next year.

Roger Staubach will join the Jones Lang board as executive chairman, Americas. Staubach Chief Executive Greg O’Brien will join Jones Lang as CEO of brokerage in the Americas.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #45

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #45

Eight players have worn #45, including three running backs, three defensive backs, a tight end, and a receiver/cornerback.

L.G. Dupre, RB, Baylor, 1960-61

Statistics: Dupre rushed for 422 with three touchdown in Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Dupre was the first starting halfback with the Cowboys. He was an important part of the Colts in the late 1950s but was near the end of his career when he joined the Cowboys.

Richmond Flowers, S, Tennessee, 1969-71

Statistics: Flowers recovered one fumble with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Flowers played three seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: A second round pick, Flowers was converted from a receiver to a safety when he arrived in Dallas. He was a part-time starter but generally had trouble developing. He was traded to the Giants during the 1971 season.

Manny Hendrix, CB, Utah, 1986-91

Statistics: Hendrix recorded two interceptions with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played six seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Hendrix was a converted basketball player who started several games at cornerback with the Cowboys. He was one of the few players to survive the Landry/Johnson transition, and he remained with the team until the end of the 1991 season.

Larry Robinson, RB, Tennessee, 1973

Statistics: Robinson averaged 21.5 yards on four kickoff returns.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Robinson was another basketball player that the Cowboys signed as a free agent. He played sparingly as a returner but was released after the 1973 season, his only as a pro.

Mike Solwold, TE, Wisconsin, 2001

Statistics: Solwold did not record any notable stats.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played part of one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: He also played briefly with Tampa Bay and Baltimore.

Nicky Sualua, FB, Ohio State, 1997-98

Statistics: Sualua did not record any notable stats.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Sualua is unfortunately best remembered for being with Mark Tuinei with the former tackle died of a drug overdose. As a player, Sualua did very little, though he started a game in replacement of an injured Daryl Johnston.

Steve Wilson, WR/CB, Howard, 1979-81

Statistics: Wilson recorded six interceptions with the Cowboys. As a receiver, he also caught three passes for 76 yards.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: He played three seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Wilson was signed as a wide receiver but moved to defensive back after his rookie season. He started several games in 1980 and 1981 but was released prior to the 1982 season. He signed with Denver and enjoyed a six-year career with the Broncos.

Rolly Woolsey, DB, Boise State, 1975

Statistics: Woolsey averaged 20.6 yards on 12 kickoff returns.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Woolsey was part of the Dirty Dozen in 1975. A fast player, he moved on to play with Seattle, St. Louis, and Cleveland.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #45:

Greatest #45

  • Manny Hendrix (55%, 36 Votes)
  • L.G. Dupre (15%, 10 Votes)
  • Steve Wilson (12%, 8 Votes)
  • Richmond Flowers (9%, 6 Votes)
  • Nicky Sualua (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Rolly Woolsey (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Larry Robinson (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Mike Solwold (2%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 66

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My Vote: Hendrix

Manny HendrixThere are not many good choices here, though several of these players were multi-talented. I went with Hendrix due largely to his longevity. I remember him as a good athlete who made the difficult transition from college basketball to pro football. He has been involved with Utah athletics since his retirement.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #44

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #44

Seven players have worn #44, including three running backs, three defensive backs, and a tight end.

Don Bishop, CB, City College of Los Angeles, 1960-65

Statistics: Bishop recorded 22 interceptions with the Cowboys, including eight in 1961.

Accolades: He was named to the Pro Bowl once.

Longevity: He played six seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Bishop is one of the forgotten Cowboys. He had very good speed and was a leader in the Dallas secondary during the team’s early history. He ranks 11th on the team’s all-time interception list.

Michael Brooks, S, North Carolina State, 1990

Statistics: Brooks did not record any meaningful stats with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He dressed for three games in 1990.

Intangibles: He saw action on special teams but did very little.

Lincoln Coleman, RB, Baylor, 1993-94

Statistics: Coleman rushed for 312 yards with three touchdowns as one of Emmitt Smith’s backups.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: Coleman is probably best remembered for his performance on Thanksgiving Day in 1993 in the “Snow Bowl.” Filing in for an injured Smith, Coleman rushed for 57 yards. He remained on the team in 1994 but was released before the 1995 season.

Cornell Gowdy, DB, Morgan State, 1986

Statistics: Gowdy did not record any notable statistics in Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He saw action in three games in 1986.

Intangibles: Not much worth noting.

Rodney Hannah, TE, Houston, 2007-

Statistics: Hannah has not yet played in an NFL game.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He was on the practice squad in 2007.

Intangibles: Hannah may not make the team in 2008, but he remains on the roster.

Robert Newhouse, FB, Houston, 1972-83

Statistics: Newhouse rushed for 4784 and 31 touchdowns with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played 12 seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Newhouse was one of the most dependable Cowboys during the dozen years he spent on the team. He was a starter in the mid- to late-1970s and led the team in rushing in 1975. Injuries slowed him down in 1978 and 1979, and he lost his starting job by 1980. However, he continued to play on special teams for the final few years of his career.

Robert Thomas, FB, Henderson State, 1998-02

Statistics: Thomas caught 50 passes for 280 yards with the Cowboys. He also had 157 rushing yards.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played five seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Thomas was the first experiment in converting a linebacker to play fullback (Oliver Hoyte being another). Thomas was not a bad player but was also not Daryl Johnston, the man who Thomas replaced as Emmitt Smith’s primary blocker.

Poll

Here are the results of the poll for this number:

Greatest #44

  • Robert Newhouse (94%, 136 Votes)
  • Robert Thomas (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Don Bishop (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Lincoln Coleman (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Rodney Hannah (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Michael Brooks (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Cornell Gowdy (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 145

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My Vote: Newhouse

Robert NewhouseNewhouse endeared himself to many fans with his play, where he clawed for every yard he could get. And with 44″ thighs, he had the means to put up a good fight. “The Human Bowling Ball” is best remembered for his touchdown pass to Golden Richards in Super Bowl XII.

Bishop deserves special mention here. He was the first Pro Bowl defensive back in franchise history, and his statistics in terms of interceptions– especially between 1960 and 1963– compare favorably with anyone else in franchise history.

Madden NFL 2009: Cowboys vs. Eagles

I have owned at least one version of Madden since I received a copy for the Commodore 64 in 1989. And even as my video game skills continue to diminish, I still buy a copy of Madden every year. The 2009 version will reach stores on August 12.

Here is a preview clip showing the Cowboys and the Eagles. The highlight: Chris Canty records a sack. The lowlight, if that’s the right word: Donovan McNabb splits three Cowboys defenders to hit Reggie Brown.

This shows the evolution of Madden…

…though this clip doesn’t cover the real historical roots of the game…

Madden NFL C64

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #43

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #43

Five players have worn #43, including four defensive backs and a running back.

Greg Briggs, S, Texas Southern, 1995

Statistics: Briggs saw action in 11 games in 1995.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys originally drafted Briggs in 1992, but he struggled with injuries and development for three years. He finally made the squad in 1995 and saw action on special teams. He layer played with the Vikings and Bears.

Cliff Harris, S, Ouachita, 1970-79

Statistics: Harris had 29 career interceptions and 18 fumble recoveries.

Accolades: 6 Pro Bowls and named All-Pro numerous times. He was a member of the All-Decade team of the 1970s and is a member of the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor.

Longevity: Harris played 10 seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Harris was a free agent pickup out of little Ouachita Baptist College who turned into one of the great players of all time. Known as “Captain Crash,” Harris was a hard-hitter who had more than his share of big plays.

Elvis Patterson, CB, Kansas, 1993

Statistics: Patterson saw action in 11 games in 1993.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: He played less than one full season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Patterson had a long career prior to coming to Dallas. After serving on special teams in part of the 1993 season, he was released when the Cowboys would not meet his salary demands.

Don Perkins, RB, New Mexico, 1961-68

Statistics: Perkins rushed for 6217 yards and scored 42 touchdowns with the Cowboys. At the time of his retirement, Perkins ranked fifth on the all-time rushing list.

Accolades: He was named All Pro once and was named to six Pro Bowls. He is a member of the Ring of Honor.

Longevity: Perkins played eight seasons in Dallas. An injury kept him out of his rookie season in 1960, and he was only 30 when he retired after the 1968 season.

Intangibles: Perkins had good acceleration, was a good pass receiver out of the backfield, and had great acceleration to make up for average speed. One of his best games came in the 1966 NFL Championship against Green Bay, when Perkins rushed for 108 yards on 17 attempts.

Izell Reese, S, Alabama-Birmingham, 1998-01

Statistics: Reese had seven interceptions with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas. The Cowboys resigned him in 2005, but he was released before the season.

Intangibles: Reese was a special teams player and part-time starter during his time in Dallas. He was also a starter with Denver and Buffalo after leaving Dallas.

Poll

Here are the results of the poll for this number:

Greatest #43

  • Cliff Harris (78%, 119 Votes)
  • Don Perkins (20%, 30 Votes)
  • Izell Reese (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Elvis Patterson (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Greg Briggs (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 153

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My Vote: Harris

Cliff HarrisThis should be a really close vote. As far as accomplishments, both Harris and Perkins have six Pro Bowl appearances, and both were clearly dominant players during their eras.

During the 1970s, Harris was the best at his position in the NFL, confirmed by the fact that he was named to the All-Decade team. That he is not a member of the Hall of Fame while others such as Dick Anderson (Miami), Ken Houston (Houston and Washington), Larry Wilson (St. Louis), Roger Wehrli (St. Louis), Jimmy Johnson (San Francisco), and Willie Brown (Oakland) are is a complete travesty. Perkins, on the other hand, was not quite as highly regarded compared to his peers in terms of running backs of the 1960s. Taking nothing away from Perkins, this gives Harris a slight edge in our competition.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #42

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #42

Thirteen players have worn #42, including seven running backs and six defensive backs.

Darryl Clack, RB, Arizona State, 1986-89

Statistics: Clack averaged 21.7 yards per kickoff return.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Clack played behind Tony Dorsett and Herschel Walker and never really evolved beyond a kickoff return specialist. He had a total of 113 rushing yards in four seasons.

Ricky Easmon, DB, Florida, 1985

Statistics: Easmon started one game with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played half of one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Easmon was released during the 1985 season and later played for Tampa Bay.

Troy Hambrick, RB, Savannah State, 2000-03

Statistics: Hambrink rushed for 1896 yards and 8 TDs with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Hambrink will best be remembered as a short-lived replacement for Emmitt Smith. He lacked big-play ability, however, and moved on to Arizona after one season as a starter in Dallas.

Anthony Henry, CB, South Florida, 2005-

Statistics: Henry has recorded 11 interceptions and scored two touchdowns with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He enters his fourth season in Dallas in 2008.

Intangibles: Henry has shown flashes in Dallas since being signed as a free agent in 2005. However, he has also had injury problems that have slowed him down. His six interceptions in 2007 was nevertheless a career high.

Randy Hughes, S, Oklahoma, 1975-80

Statistics: Hughes recorded 11 interceptions with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Hughes played six seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Hughes was part of the Dirty Dozen draft of 1975 and served as a capable backup to Cliff Harris and Charlie Waters. He recorded an interception and recovered two fumbles in Super Bowl XII in perhaps his best performance as a pro. He was the likely replacement for Harris in 1980, but injuries kept him out of action for much of that year, and he retired before the 1981 season.

Don McIlhenny, RB, Southern Methodist, 1960-61

Statistics: McIlhenny rushed for 321 yards and one touchdown with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played less than two full seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: He was part of the 1960 expansion draft, noteworthy because he was a former SMU star. However, he did not have many chances in Dallas and was traded to the 49ers midway through the 1961 season.

Jim Ridlon, S, Syracuse, 1963-64

Statistics: Ridlon recorded four interceptions for the Cowboys.

Accolades: He was named All-Pro by The Sporting News in 1964.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: He came to Dallas in 1963 after six years in San Francisco. His final season as a pro was his best when he picked off four passes and recovered two fumbles.

Stan Smagala, DB, Notre Dame, 1990-91

Statistics: Smagala played in 11 games with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in parts of two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Here’s a funny quote: “Smagala never doubted his ability, despite having the body build that could be confused with your favorite grocery checkout boy.” Not sure what I could add to that.

Chris Warren, RB, Ferrum, 1998-00

Statistics: Warren rushed for 948 yards and scored eight touchdowns with Dallas.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: He played three seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Warren was a former Pro Bowler when he joined the Cowboys in 1998. He rushed for more than 6700 yards in eight years with Seattle and was an adequate backup for the Cowboys. However, he had slowed down considerably by 2000 and was released near the end of the season.

Claxton Welch, RB, Oregon, 1969-71

Statistics: Welch rushed for 85 yards and scored one touchdown with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was a little-used backup to Walt Garrison in Dallas.

A.D. Whitfield, RB, North Texas, 1965

Statistics: Whitfield had one career rushing attempt with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one year in Dallas.

Intangibles: Whitfield did very little in Dallas but later became the starting fullback in Washington.

Charlie Williams, S, Bowling Green, 1995-00

Statistics: Williams recorded one interception and 84 career tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played six seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: A former third-round pick, Williams spent his career as a special teams player.

Robert Wilson, FB, Texas A&M, 1994

Statistics: Wilson had one rushing attempt in Dallas for minus-one yards.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in two games with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: The former Texas A&M star was signed to compete as a backup fullback. However, he did very little with the team and was released after seeing action in two games.

Poll

Here are the results of the poll for this number:

Greatest #42

  • Anthony Henry (66%, 87 Votes)
  • Randy Hughes (25%, 33 Votes)
  • Darryl Clack (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Charlie Williams (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Troy Hambrick (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Chris Warren (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Jim Ridlon (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Don McIlhenny (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Robert Wilson (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Stan Smagala (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Claxton Welch (0%, 0 Votes)
  • A.D. Whitfield (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ricky Easmon (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 131

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My Vote: Henry

Anthony HenryThe players in this list aren’t completely unknown, but most were backups. Hughes could have been very good, but he suffered injuries that kept him from being a long-time starter. Hambrink and Warren were capable backups but little more. And while Ridlon earned All-Pro honors, he does not have a long list of accomplishments in Dallas.

Henry has started more games already than anyone else on this list. He has also accomplished more statistically than any of the other defensive backs, even though he has only played three seasons in Dallas. Tough call, but I’ll give it to Henry.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #41

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #41

Eight players, all defensive backs, have worn #41. And friends, do we ever have a battle between the old and new school fans with this one.

Anthony Coleman, DB, Baylor, 1987

Statistics: He was a replacement player who did not record any meaningful statistics.

Accolades: Replacement player.

Longevity: Replacement player.

Intangibles: Replacement player.

Pat Dennis, CB, Louisiana-Monroe, 2001

Statistics: Dennis had 16 tackles as a Cowboy.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played part of one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys signed Dennis after he was released by Kansas City, which had drafted him in the fifth round in 2000. He did very little in Dallas and ended up moving on following the 2001 season.

Kareem Larrimore, CB, West Texas A&M, 2000-01

Statistics: Larrimore had 17 tackles with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

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

Intangibles: Larrimore was one of three corners taken in the 2000 draft, and like second-rounder Dwayne Goodrich, Larrimore was a failure. How low did Larrimore end up falling? At one point, he was signed by the Amarillo Dusters of the Intense Football League in 2004.

Warren Livingston, CB, Arizona, 1961-66

Statistics: Livingston had 10 interceptions with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played six seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: He was a part-time starter with the Cowboys, sharing time with Don Bishop. He was known as a great open field tackler with good speed.

Terence Newman, CB, Kansas State, 2003-

Statistics: Newman has 16 career interceptions.

Accolades: He has been named to one Pro Bowl.

Longevity: He will play his sixth NFL season in 2008.

Intangibles: Newman has developed into an elite cover man. It has been a travesty that he was not selected for the Pro Bowl until 2007, but he continues to improve. Injuries slowed him slightly in 2007, but he showed towards the end of the season how valuable he is.

Dave Thomas, CB, Tennessee, 1993-94

Statistics: Thomas had two tackles and no picks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: Thomas played two seasons in Dallas before being picked up by Jacksonville in the 1994 expansion draft.

Intangibles: Thomas is much better known for his play with the Jaguars and Giants than with Dallas, where he played on special teams.

Charlie Waters, DB, Clemson, 1970-78, 1980-81

Statistics: Waters recorded 41 regular season interceptions. He also started 22 career playoff games, which is tied for the fifth most in NFL history. And his nine career playoff interceptions tied an NFL record that still stands today. He likewise tied an NFL playoff record with three interceptions against the Chicago Bears in 1977.

Accolades: He was named to the Pro Bowl three times.

Longevity: He played 11 seasons in the NFL, missing the 1979 season with an injury.

Intangibles: Waters started at corner for the first few years of his career, but when Cornell Green retired before the 1975 season, Waters took over at strong safety. From there, Waters became one of the best safeties in the NFL, teaming up with Cliff Harris to form part of one of the most memorable defensive backfields in team history.

Charles Wright, DB, Tulsa, 1988

Statistics: Wright did not record any stats of interest.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played part of the 1988 season with Dallas.

Intangibles: He saw some special teams action but little more.

Poll

Here are the results of the poll for this number:

Greatest #41

  • Charlie Waters (79%, 189 Votes)
  • Terence Newman (20%, 48 Votes)
  • Anthony Coleman (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Warren Livingston (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Charles Wright (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Pat Dennis (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Kareem Larrimore (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Dave Thomas (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 240

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My Vote: Waters

Charlie WatersI am certainly taking nothing away from Terence Newman, who has become a great player. And I suspect he may very well receive many votes because he is a current star on the team. But to be quite frank, this one belongs to Waters. He was at his best in the playoffs, where he set the NFL records referred to above. In a 1976 playoff loss to the Rams, Waters recorded two blocked punts and an interception. Two years later against the Rams in the NFC Championship, Waters picked off two passes and recovered a fumble in a 28-0 win. Newman may get opportunities to match these performances, but as of now, Waters simply accomplished more than Newman has.

Oddsmaking in June: NFC East Division and National Football Conference Odds

dallas_logo.gifOne final entry on NFL odds . . .

If 8-to-1 odds for the Cowboys to win the Super Bowl weren’t enough, the odds for the Cowboys to win the NFC are about as good as the odds probably were during the early 1990s. Take a look at these:

Odds to win the NFC, 2008

Dallas Cowboys: 3/1
New York Giants: 5/1
Philadelphia Eagles: 7/1
Minnesota Vikings: 9/1
New Orleans Saints: 10/1
Seattle Seahawks: 10/1
Green Bay Packers: 15/2
Chicago Bears: 12/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 14/1
Washington Redskins: 14/1
Arizona Cardinals: 16/1
Carolina Panthers: 22/1
Detroit Lions: 22/1
San Francisco 49ers: 22/1
St. Louis Rams: 22/1
Atlanta Falcons: 50/1

As for the NFC East, betting $10 on the Cowboys will yield a return of $9.09, thanks to 10/11 odds that the Cowboys will take the title for a second consecutive year.

Odds to Win the NFC East, 2008

Dallas Cowboys: 10/11
New York Giants: 5/2
Philadelphia Eagles: 7/2
Washington Redskins: 6/1

Last season, the Cowboys were even with the Eagles in terms of odds.

Odds to Win the NFC East, 2007

Dallas Cowboys 7/4
New York Giants 5/2
Philadelphia Eagles 7/4
Washington Redskins 9/2

Oddsmaking in June: Super Bowl Odds

dallas_logo.gifContinuing with a mini-series on NFL odds . . .

The Cowboys are now held in much higher regard than they were a year ago, at least as far as oddsmakers are concerned. At that time, the Cowboys were tied with the eighth-best odds to win Super Bowl XLII at 25-to-1. The Patriots were 2-to-1 favorites, while the Giants weren’t even in the picture.

One year later, the Cowboys are 8-to-1 favorites to win it all in 2009, which is tied for the third best odds according to at least one site. Here’s the list:

New England Patriots: 10/3
Indianapolis Colts: 15/2
Dallas Cowboys: 8/1
San Diego Chargers: 8/1
Jacksonville Jaguars: 12/1
New York Giants: 16/1
Philadelphia Eagles: 20/1
Green Bay Packers: 20/1
Minnesota Vikings: 22/1
New Orleans Saints: 22/1
Pittsburgh Steelers: 25/1
Seattle Seahawks: 25/1
Cleveland Browns: 28/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 35/1
Tennessee Titans: 35/1
Washington Redskins: 35/1
Chicago Bears: 40/1
Denver Broncos: 45/1
Arizona Cardinals: 50/1
Baltimore Ravens: 50/1
Carolina Panthers: 50/1
Houston Texans: 60/1
Buffalo Bills: 65/1
St. Louis Rams: 65/1
Detroit Lions: 65/1
New York Jets: 70/1
San Francisco 49ers: 75/1
Kansas City Chiefs: 90/1
Miami Dolphins: 100/1
Oakland Raiders: 100/1
Atlanta Falcons: 150/1

As for last year, here were the odds for the top 11 teams heading into the 2007 season:

New England Patriots 2-1
San Diego Chargers 5-1
Indianapolis Colts 7-1
Chicago Bears 16-1
Philadelphia Eagles 18-1
Seattle Seahawks 18-1
New Orleans Saints 18-1
Cincinnati Bengals 25-1
Denver Broncos 25-1
Carolina Panthers 25-1
Dallas Cowboys 25-1

Oddsmaking in June: Defensive Rookie of the Year

Mike JenkinsI noted yesterday that Felix Jones has the seventh-best odds to win offensive rookie of the year, one of the few opportunities to bet on the NFL this year. The other first-round pick, Mike Jenkins, apparently fares much worse. He is a 50-to-1 longshot to win Defensive Player of the Year.

Chris Long (STL): 7/1
Glenn Dorsey (KC): 7/1
Derrick Harvey (JAX): 8/1
Keith Rivers (CIN): 8/1
Jerod Mayo (NE): 9/1
Sedrick Ellis (NO): 9/1
Vernon Gholston (NYJ): 10/1
Curtis Lofton (ATL): 18/1
Dan Connor (CAR): 18/1
Kentwan Balmer (SF): 20/1
Leodis McKelvin (BUF): 25/1
Jordon Dizon (DET): 25/1
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (ARI): 35/1
Lawrence Jackson (SEA): 40/1
Aqib Talib (TB): 45/1
Philip Merling (MIA): 45/1
Quintin Groves (JAX): 45/1
Mike Jenkins (DAL): 50/1
Trevor Laws (PHI): 50/1
Kenny Phillips (NYG): 60/1
Calais Campbell (ARI): 60/1
Tyrell Johnson (MIN): 60/1
Chevis Jackson (ATL): 60/1
Terrence Wheatley (NE): 65/1
Kendall Langford (MIA): 65/1
Brandon Flowers (KC): 70/1
Pat Sims (CIN): 75/1
Tracy Porter (IND): 75/1
Cliff Avril (DET): 75/1
Jason Jones (TEN): 80/1
Andre Fluellen (DET): 80/1
Antoine Cason (SD): 90/1
Charles Godfrey (CAR): 90/1
Tom Zbikowski (BAL): 100/1
Bryan Smith (PHI): 100/1

As far as precedent (i.e., a cornerback with the Dallas Cowboys), Jenkins does not stand a great chance here. Of the previous 41 winners of the AP Defensive Player of the Year Award, 20 players have been linebackers, eight have been defensive ends, six have been cornerbacks, five have been defensive tackles, and two have been safeties. And for a summary of the Cowboys who have won this award: NONE.

The Dallas Cowboy rookie who had the best chance to win this would have been Everson Walls, who recorded 11 interceptions as a rookie in 1981 and was named to the Pro Bowl. The winner that year is still pretty well known: Lawrence Taylor.