Dallas Cowboys 101...1976

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  1. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    Row 1
    • 1 Efren Herrera, K
    • 11 Danny White, QB
    • 12 Roger Staubach, QB, Pro Bowl *
    • 20 Mel Renfro, DB
    • 21 Doug Dennison, RB
    • 25 Aaron Kyle, CB
    • 26 Preston Pearson, RB
    • 30 Charles Young, RB
    • 31 Benny Barnes, DB
    Row 2
    • 35 Scott Laidlaw, RB
    • 37 Jim Jensen, RB
    • 41 Charlie Waters, S, Pro Bowl
    • 42 Randy Hughes, S
    • 43 Cliff Harris, S, Pro Bowl *, All Pro
    • 44 Robert Newhouse, FB
    • 46 Mark Washington, CB
    • 50 D. D. Lewis, LB
    • 52 Jim Eidson, G/C
    Row 3
    • 53 Bob Breunig, LB
    • 54 Randy White, DT
    • 55 Lee Roy Jordan, LB
    • 56 Thomas Henderson, LB
    • 58 Mike Hegman, LB
    • 61 Blaine Nye, G, Pro Bowl
    • 62 John Fitzgerald, C
    • 63 Larry Cole, DL
    • 64 Tom Rafferty, G/C
    Row 4
    • 66 Burton Lawless, G
    • 67 Pat Donovan, T
    • 68 Herbert Scott, G
    • 70 Rayfield Wright, TE/T, Pro Bowl
    • 72 Ed Jones, DE
    • 73 Ralph Neely, G/T
    • 75 Jethro Pugh, DE
    • 77 Bill Gregory, DL
    • 78 Greg Schaum, DE
    Row 5
    • 79 Harvey Martin, DE, Pro Bowl
    • 82 Beasley Reece, CB/WR
    • 83 Golden Richards, WR
    • 86 Butch Johnson, WR
    • 87 Jay Saldi, TE
    • 88 Drew Pearson, WR, Pro Bowl *, All Pro
    • 89 Billy Joe DuPree, TE, Pro Bowl *
    • Ken Locker, Assistant Trainer
    • Buck Buchanan, Equipment Manager
    Row 6
    • Tom Landry, Head Coach
    • Jim Myers, Coach
    • Ernie Stautner, Coach
    • Ermal Allen, Coach
    • Jerry Tubbs, Coach
    • Dan Reeves, Coach
    • Mike Ditka, Coach
    • Gene Stallings, Coach
    • Ed Hughes, Coach
    • Don Cochren, Trainer
    * = Starter

    :star: 1976 Cowboys Draft :star:
    1…Aaron Kyle, DB, Wyoming
    2…Jim Jensen, RB, Iowa
    2…Jim Eidson, G, Mississippi State
    3…Duke Ferguson, WR, San Diego State
    3…John Smith, RB, Boise State
    3…Butch Johnson, WR, California-Riverside
    4…Tom Rafferty, G, Penn State
    5…Wally Pesuit, T, Kentucky
    6…Greg McGuire, T, Indiana
    7…Greg Schaum, DT, Michigan State
    7…David Williams, RB, Colorado
    8…Henry Laws, DB, South Carolina
    9…Beasley Reece, DB, North Texas State
    10…Leroy Cook, DE, Alabama
    11…Cornelius Greene, QB, Ohio State
    12…Charles McShane, LB, California-Lutheran
    13…Mark Driscoll, QB, Colorado State
    14…Larry Mushinskie, TE, Nebraska
    15…Dale Curry, LB, UCLA
    16…Rick Costanzo, T, Nebraska
    17…Stan Woodfill, K, Oregon

    :star: 1976 Cowboys Schedule :star:
    Year 11 of 20 year winning streak

    NFC East Division Champs (4th)

    9/12/76…Won vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 27-7
    9/19/76…Won @ New Orleans Saints, 24-6
    9/26/76…Won vs. Baltimore Colts, 30-27
    10/3/76…Won @ Seattle Seahawks, 28-13
    10/10/76…Won @ New York Giants, 24-14
    10/17/76…Lost @ St. Louis Cardinals. 17-21
    10/24/76…Won vs. Chicago Bears, 31-21
    10/31/76…Won @ Washington Redskins, 20-7
    11/7/76…Won vs. New York Giants, 9-3
    11/15/76…Won vs. Buffalo Bills, 17-10
    11/21/76…Lost @ Atlanta Falcons, 10-17
    11/25/76…Won vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 19-14
    12/5/76…Won @ Philadelphia Eagles, 26-7
    12/12/76…Lost vs. Washington Redskins, 14-27

    6-1 @ Dallas
    5-2 on the road

    Points scored...296, 21.1 ppg
    Points allowed...194, 13.9 ppg

    12/19/76...Lost vs. Los Angeles Rams, 12-14

    All time franchise record...137-93-6
    All time Post Season Record...10-9
  2. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    In honor of the Bicentennial the Cowboys changed their helmet design for one year. Instead of the two blue stripes surrounding the white stripe down the middle, the right side stripe was red, making it red, white and blue.

    THUMPER Papa

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    This was a year I really thought we would go all the way but when we lost to the Rams in the playoffs in such a disappointing way it was obvious that we needed something more.

    Once again, the top-4 teams in the NFC were the Cowboys, Vikings, Rams, and Redskins. It is amazing to see how many times those 4 teams were the best of the NFC in the 70s.

    The team this year seemed like they were just expecting to win games and didn't put forth the effort a lot of times. We had so much talent it was easy to see why they would feel that way, I know I expected them to win every game. I was really hoping for a rematch with the Stealers in the SB but neither team made it this year.

    I had predicted a Cowboys vs Raiders SB for years but it never happened (still hasn't) and I know we would have given Oakland a better game than the Vikings did as we matched up better with them.

    Our running game was adequate with Doug Dennison, Robert Newhouse, Scott Laidlaw, and Preston Pearson and could sustain drives and control the clock but we lacked a real breakaway threat or game changer. That would be addressed in the draft after the season when we traded up to get Tony Dorsett.

    I was very excited about our rookie WR Butch Johnson as he brought some speed to the receiving corps that we hadn't seen in a few years since Bob Hayes left.Billy Joe DuPree became a very good player for us at TE and Pearson and Pearson (Drew and Preston) were our go-to guys in the passing game.

    Ed Jones and Harvey Martin were outstanding at DE and the duo of Cliff Harris and Charlie Waters were awesome at Safety. Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson looked like he would redefine the LB position as I had never seen a LB with his kind of speed and athleticism. Still, the defense lacked a spark, something to get them fired up and it showed a number of times during the season.

    We cruised to an 11-3 record and faced a tough Rams team in the first round of the playoffs. Los Angeles' defense just shut us down. We couldn't run the ball and Roger threw 3 INTs as we lost 14-12 in a very boring game that we simply threw away. It was one of the most disappointing losses I have ever gone through as a Cowboys fan as we were completely flat the whole game. No spark, no fire, the coaching and play calling were terrible and conservative, the play was uninspired, it was like we just expected them to come in and lie down.

    The good thing that came out of this year was that we went into 1977 with something to prove and we did just that.
  4. CowboyJeff

    CowboyJeff New Member

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    #70 - my favorite Cowboy

    THUMPER Papa

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    It is strange to see him look smaller than anyone else at 6'7" but standing next to Too Tall he does.
  6. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    This was a pretty good draft for the Cowboys.

    Aaron Kyle contributed before going to Denver.

    Tom Rafferty was solid for years.

    Butch Johnson did his job and pretty well.

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