Dallas Cowboys 101...1971

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  1. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    Row 1
    • 10 Ron Widby, P, Pro Bowl
    • 12 Roger Staubach, QB, Pro Bowl *, Bert Bell Award, Super Bowl VI MVP
    • 14 Craig Morton, QB
    • 15 Toni Fritsch, K
    • 20 Mel Renfro, DB, Pro Bowl *, All Pro
    • 22 Bob Hayes, E
    • 23 Margene Adkins, WR
    • 26 Herb Adderley, CB
    • 30 Dan Reeves, HB
    • 31 Gloster Richardson, WR
    Row 2
    • 33 Duane Thomas, RB
    • 34 Cornell Green, DB, Pro Bowl *
    • 35 Calvin Hill, RB
    • 36 Joe Williams, RB
    • 37 Isaac Thomas, CB
    • 41 Charlie Waters, S
    • 42 Claxton Welch, RB
    • 43 Cliff Harris, S
    • 46 Mark Washington, CB
    Row 3
    • 50 D. D. Lewis, LB
    • 51 Dave Manders, C
    • 52 Dave Edwards, LB
    • 54 Chuck Howley, LB, Pro Bowl *
    • 55 Lee Roy Jordan, LB
    • 56 Tom Stincic, LB
    • 60 Lee Roy Caffey, LB
    • 61 Blaine Nye, G
    • 62 John Fitzgerald, C
    Row 4
    • 63 Larry Cole, DL
    • 64 Tony Liscio, T
    • 66 George Andrie, DE
    • 67 Pat Toomay, DE
    • 70 Rayfield Wright, E, All Pro
    • 71 Rodney Wallace, G/T
    • 72 Don Talbert, DE/OT
    • 74 Bob Lilly, DT, Pro Bowl *, All Pro
    • 75 Jethro Pugh, DE
    Row 5
    • 76 John Niland, G, Pro Bowl *, All Pro
    • 77 Bill Gregory, DL
    • 78 Bob Asher, T
    • 79 Forrest Gregg, G/T
    • 85 Tody Smith, DL
    • 87 Billy Truax, TE
    • 89 Mike Ditka, TE
    Row 6
    • Don Cochren, Trainer
    • Jack Eskridge, Equipment Manager
    • Ray Renfro, Coach
    • Jim Myers, Coach
    • Tom Landry, Head Coach
    • Ernie Stautner, Coach
    • Jerry Tubbs, Coach
    • Bobby Franklin, Coach
    • Larry Gardner, Trainer
    * = Starter

    :star: 1971 Cowboys Draft :star:

    1…Tody Smith, DE, USC

    2…Ike Thomas, DB, Bishop
    3…Sam Scarber, RB, New Mexico
    3…Bill Gregory, DT, Wisconsin
    4…Joe Carter, TE, Grambling
    4…Adam Mitchell, T, Mississippi
    5…Ron Kadziel, LB, Stanford
    6…Steve Maier, WR, Northern Arizona
    7…Bill Griffin, T, Catawba
    8…Ron Jessie, WR, Kansas
    9…Honor Jackson, WR, Pacific
    10…Rodney Wallace, DT, New Mexico
    11…Ernest Bonwell, DT, Lane
    12…Steve Goepel, QB, Colgate
    13…James Ford, RB, Texas Southern
    14…Tyrone Covey, DB, Utah State
    15…Bob Young, TE, Delaware
    16…John Brennan, T, Boston College
    17…John Bomer, C, Memphis State

    :star: 1971 Cowboys Schedule :star:
    Year 6 of 20 year winning streak

    NFC East Division Champs (2nd)
    NFC Conference Champs (2nd)

    9/19/71...Won @ Buffalo Bills, 49-37
    9/26/71...Won @ Philadelphia Eagles, 42-7
    10/3/71...Lost vs. Washington Redskins, 16-20
    10/11/71...Won vs. New York Giants, 20-13
    10/17/71...Lost @ New Orleans Saints, 14-24
    10/24/71...Won vs. New England Patriots, 44-21
    "First Game @ Texas Stadium"
    10/31/71...Lost @ Chicago Bears, 19-23
    11/7/71...Won @ St. Louis Cardinals, 16-13
    11/14/71...Won vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 20-7
    11/21/71...Won @ Washington Redskins, 13-0
    11/25/71...Won vs. Los Angeles Rams, 28-21
    12/4/71...Won vs. New York Jets, 52-10
    12/12/71...Won @ New York Giants, 42-14
    12/18/71...Won vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 31-12

    6-1 @ Dallas
    5-2 on the road

    Points scored...406, 28.9 ppg
    Points allowed...222, 15.9 ppg

    12/25/71...Won @ Minnesota Vikings, 20-12

    1/2/72...Won vs. San Francisco 49ers, 14-3

    1/16/72...Won vs. the Miami Dolphins, 24-3

    Cowboys record @ The Cotton Bowl...43-31-4
    Cowboys all time record...88-72-6
    Cowboys Post Season record...6-5

    THUMPER Papa

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    I've been licking my chops waiting for this year to come up Hos. This was the best year of my life as both my Cowboys and Lakers FINALLY won championships!

    The Boys won the SB in such a convincing manner, 24-3, that it was almost anticlimactic. My hero Bob Lilly, had the greatest play of all in chasing down (along with Larry Cole I believe) Bob Griese for a 29-yard sack that put the icing on the cake as the Doomsday Defense shut down Larry Csonka, and forced Griese to throw which he didn't like to do. My other hero, Roger Staubach had a good game as well.

    So many Cowboys greats had big plays in that game. Howley with the big fumble recovery where he ran out of gas and stumbled out of bounds inside the 10. Duane Thomas and Walt Garrison ran well as we gained 252 yards on the ground against Don Shula's defense.

    Lee Roy Jordan did a great job of closing down the running lanes that Csonka was used to running through on cutbacks. Jordan made the Flex work because he was so intelligent and had excellent quickness and strength. He never got the recognition he deserved because guys like Butkus, Nitschke, and Nobis were playing at the same time and got most of the headlines but he was one of the best MLBs to ever play the game.

    It was also cool to see a couple of great players we signed at the end of their careers get TDs in a SB, as both Lance Alworth and Mike Ditka caught TD passes from Staubach. I wanted Bob Hayes to catch one too but we ran out of time. Hayes did have a nice run on an end-around that got us 16 yards and a first down.

    People in the media crow about how great the 1972 Dolphins were because they went 17-0 (how Griese got the credit for that I'll never understand because Earl Morrall was the QB for almost the entire season and into the playoffs) but we beat that team handily in the SB the year before and if we would have played them again in 1972 I have no doubt that we would have beaten them again as we matched up very well with them. We could out-finesse them and out-muscle them.

    The 1971 season was awesome for a number of reasons:

    1. Because sitting at 4-3 Landry finally decided to go with Staubach as the QB instead of rotating him with Morton and we didn't lose another game that year. To me this was the difference in the team that year. Morton was a good QB and a great person but he lacked the leadership ability that Staubach had in abundance. Roger had the ability to WILL his team to win and the players stepped up and made plays in ways they hadn't before.

    2. Balance - we had such a balanced team that year. We could run or pass on offense and shut down the run or force turnovers in the passing game on defense. In the 2 playoff games the defense picked off 7 passes as we beat the Vikings and 49ERs to move on the SB.

    3. Team confidence - I think a lot of this was due to Staubach but we had also brought in some great players from other teams like Lance Alworth, Mike Ditka, Adderley, Billy Truax, Lee Roy Caffey and Forrest Gregg. All but Truax & Caffey would wide up in the Hall of Fame. That kind of leadership along with our own great veteran players made the difference to me.

    4. Depth - We had such amazing depth on that team we could have fielded two teams and been competitive with the 2nd string. I could only count 5 players out of the 47 on the roster that weren't significant starters at some point in their careers.

    My favorite year as a Cowboys fan and that means in my life. :starspin

    THUMPER Papa

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    Hey Hos, you might want to fix this...

    That should read 1971 not 1970.
  4. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    Finally, the Cowboys are World Champions. I have so many memories from that season and Super Bowl. For some strange reason which I have never understood, my Dad really liked Craig Morton. Morton was the reason why my Dad, Grandpa, and Uncle were rooting for the Cowboys in Super Bowl V.

    Him liking Morton meant he didn't like Roger Staubach. Man, from the moment I saw Staubach play I knew he was a magician with a football. My family was trying to get me to understand we were a Packers family because of Grandpa. Not me. I told them I was a Cowboys fan while watching Super Bowl V and I was. From that moment forward Roger Staubach was my hero, just to piss them off.

    I know it shocks all of you that I was stubborn as a kid.

    The player I disliked most in those days was Bob Griese. The only reason was because I felt he was getting all the attention that Roger deserved. My two favorite moments of Super Bowl VI were Roger being named MVP, and Bob Lilly sacking Griese for that huge loss.

    The strangest thing about that day to me will always be the Tom Brooksheir interview with Duane Thomas and his mouthpiece, the great Jim Brown. If you haven't seen that footage it was just mind boggling. Almost as if Brown owned Thomas and could do with him whatever he wished. Tom Brooksheir asked Thomas a bit of a foolish question. "Are you really that fast?" Thomas replied, "evidently." The rest of the interview was choreographed and controlled by Brown. Strange.

    I'll never forget Bob Lilly in the locker room with a great big cigar celebrating the victory. I'll also never forget that before the game the Dolphins told Brent Musberger that the player they feared most was Chuck Howley, and once again he justified those fears by having a great game. Had Roger not been so brilliant it is conceivable that Howley would have been MVP again. Wouldn't that have been something?

    I have all 5 Super Bowl wins on DVD. This one may be my favorite to watch.
  5. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    For the trivia lovers this season saw the Cowboys say goodbye to the Cotton Bowl and begin their time in Texas Stadium.

    Duane Thomas scored the 1st touchdown in Texas Stadium on October 24th, 1971 on a 54 yard run.

    Hell of a way to baptize your new house.
  6. bbgun

    bbgun Benched

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    Hos, you have all four quarters of this game?
  7. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    Yes, but there is a loss of signal for a short time.
  8. poke

    poke the older I get the better I was

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    just to add to this great info about the 71 Boys.

    Duane Thomas, who had been rookie of the year the previous year
    was being disruptive during training camp, showed up, asked for a raise
    and left camp.
    The Cowboys traded him to New England, where he lasted a few days,
    Pete Rozelle nullified the trade and he came back to the Cowboys.
    The rest of the year he didnt speak to his teammates but played great
    and The Boys won their first Super Bowl.
    The next year Thomas was traded to the Chargers.
    Bob Lilly has said he thought Thomas was going to be the next Jim Brown.
    Shame he couldnt keep it together and help add more Super Bowls to the Cowboys record.
  9. Zaxor

    Zaxor Virtus Mille Scuta

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    so who is # 83
  10. poke

    poke the older I get the better I was

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    Hos probably wont tell you because i think its Mike Clark our....KICKER !
  11. FanSince61

    FanSince61 Thanks for the memories Dandy

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    Yep! Mike Clark, place kicker wore #83 from 1968-71. In 1973, he played after Toni Frisch got hurt and wore #17.

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