Dallas Cowboys 101...1977

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  1. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    Row 1
    • 1 Efren Herrera, K, Pro Bowl, All Pro
    • 11 Danny White, QB
    • 12 Roger Staubach, QB, Pro Bowl
    • 18 Glenn Carano, QB
    • 20 Mel Renfro, DB
    • 21 Doug Dennison, RB
    • 25 Aaron Kyle, CB
    • 26 Preston Pearson, RB
    • 31 Benny Barnes, DB
    Row 2
    • 33 Tony Dorsett, RB, NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
    • 35 Scott Laidlaw, RB
    • 36 Larry Brinson, RB
    • 41 Charlie Waters, S, Pro Bowl *, All Pro
    • 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
    Row 3
    • 53 Bob Breunig, LB
    • 54 Randy White, DT, Pro Bowl, Co-MVP Super Bowl XII
    • 56 Thomas Henderson, LB
    • 57 Bruce Huther, LB
    • 58 Mike Hegman, LB
    • 59 Guy Brown, LB
    • 62 John Fitzgerald, C
    • 63 Larry Cole, DL
    • 64 Tom Rafferty, G/C
    Row 4
    • 65 Dave Stalls, DE
    • 66 Burton Lawless, G
    • 67 Pat Donovan, T
    • 68 Herbert Scott, G
    • 70 Rayfield Wright, E
    • 71 Andy Frederick, T
    • 72 Ed Jones, DE
    • 73 Ralph Neely, G/T
    • 75 Jethro Pugh, DE
    Row 5
    • 76 Jim Eidson, G/C
    • 77 Bill Gregory, DL
    • 79 Harvey Martin, DE, Pro Bowl *, All Pro, NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Co-MVP Super Bowl XII
    • 80 Tony Hill, 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
    Row 6
    • Tom Landry, Head Coach
    • Jim Myers, Coach
    • Bob Ward, Coach
    • Jerry Tubbs, Coach
    • Mike Ditka, Coach
    • Ermal Allen, Coach
    • Dan Reeves, Coach
    • Gene Stallings, Coach
    • Ernie Stautner, Coach
    • Buck Buchanan, Equipment Manager
    • Don Cochren, Trainer
    * = Starter

    :star: 1977 Cowboys Draft :star:
    1…Tony Dorsett, RB, Pittsburgh
    Ring of Honor...10/9/94
    Hall of Fame...7/30/94
    4 time Pro Bowl...1978, 81-83
    1 time All Pro...1981
    2…Glenn Carano, QB, UNLV
    3…Tony Hill, WR, Stanford
    3 time Pro Bowl...1978-79, 85
    3…Val Belcher, G, Houston
    4…Guy Brown, LB, Houston
    5…Andy Frederick, T, New Mexico
    6…Jim Cooper, T, Temple
    7…David Stalls, DT, Northern Colorado
    8…Al Cleveland, DE, Pacific
    8…Fred Williams, RB, Arizona State
    9…Mark Cantrell, C, North Carolina
    10…Steve DeBerg, QB, San Jose State
    11…Don Wardlow, TE, Washington
    12…Greg Peters, G, California

    :star: 1977 Cowboys Schedule :star:
    Year 12 of 20 year winning streak

    NFC East Division Champs (5th)
    NFC Conference Champs (4th)

    9/18/77…Won @ Minnesota Vikings, 16-10 OT
    9/25/77…Won vs. New York Giants, 41-21
    10/2/77…Won vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 23-7
    10/9/77…Won @ St. Louis Cardinals, 30-24
    10/16/77…Won vs. Washington Redskins, 34-16
    10/23/77…Won @ Philadelphia Eagles, 16-10
    10/30/77…Won vs. Detroit Lions, 37-0
    11/6/77…Won @ New York Giants, 24-10
    11/14/77…Lost vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 17-24
    11/20/77…Lost @ Pittsburgh Steelers, 13-28
    11/27/77…Won @ Washington Redskins, 14-7
    12/4/77…Won vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 24-14
    12/12/77…Won @ San Francisco 49ers, 42-35
    12/18/77…Won vs. Denver Broncos, 14-6

    6-1 @ Dallas
    6-1 on the road

    Points scored...345, 24.6 ppg
    Points allowed...212, 15.1 ppg

    12/26/77...Won vs. Chicago Bears, 37-7

    1/1/78...Won vs. Minnesota Vikings, 23-6

    SUPER BOWL XII @ NEW ORLEANS, LA "First Indoor Super Bowl"
    1/15/78...Won vs. Denver Broncos, 27-10

    All time franchise record...149-95-6
    All time Post Season Record...13-9

    THUMPER Papa

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    Now we are talking! 1977 was a wonderful year to be a Cowboys fan. The trade with Seattle to move up and take Tony Dorsett was huge for us! The lackluster play of the previous season was gone and a new fire was kindled in our players.

    We won our first 8 games pretty easily before dropping a close one to the Cards and our only real beating by the Stealers. We then went on to win the last 4 games of the season easily again. I was hoping we would meet them again in the SB but it didn't happen this year.

    Dorsett was everything we hoped he would be and more as he gained just over 1000 yards & 12 TDs and was named the offensive rookie of the year. Newhouse still gave us good solid running but Dorsett brought in a whole new dimension of speed, quickness, agility, and vision that we hadn't ever seen in Dallas before.

    Staubach led the league in passing and had a great season throwing to the Pearsons, DuPree and Dorsett. Our defense gelled and we led the NFC in sacks with 53. That was in a 14 game season, I would love for our team to get 53 sacks today! The move of Randy White from LB to DT was a big part of that as it allowed our DEs, Martin and Jones to face single blocking a lot of the time or took a RB out of play to double one of them.

    We also added Tony "Thrill" Hill but he didn't see much action this year. Another guy we drafted but didn't make the team was QB Steve DeBerg who would go on to have a very interesting career of being replaced by several HoF QBs (Elway, Young, & Montana). I wish we would have kept him but we were already set at QB with Staubach and Danny White although I can't see how he couldn't beat out Glen Carano, who was our 2nd round pick that year, for the 3rd QB spot.

    Another addition was OL Jim Cooper who would be a mainstay on the O-Line for many years to come. We did lose Lee Roy Jordan and Blaine Nye to retirement but their replacements filled in quite well.

    As good as we looked all season I was still hesitant to get my hopes up that we would go all the way. The loss to the Stealers kinda took the wind out of my sails but by the time the playoffs rolled around we were unstoppable!

    In the opening round we completely crushed Walter Payton and the Bears 37-7 as Dorsett outgained "Sweetness" by 25 yards on 2 fewer carries. Tony also scored twice. The defense closed off Walter's running lanes and mercilessly harassed QB Bob Avellini all day forcing 4 INTs and 3 fumbles. When I talk about an "attacking defense" this is what I am referring to.

    It was 37-0 until the Bears finally scored a late, meaningless TD to keep from being shut out.

    We then faced our old nemesis, the Vikings in the NFC Championship game and dominated them as well limiting them to two 2nd quarter FGs. The Vikings' defense played well but with Tarkenton out with a broken leg their offense couldn't generate anything against us. We used a good mix of run and pass and won pretty easily over them. The defense forced 4 turnovers and never allowed the Minnesota offense to get untracked keeping Chuck Foreman in check all day.

    Then came the SB against the Broncos and our former QB Craig Morton who must have been confused by seeing his old uniforms as he completed as many passes to Cowboys' defenders as he did to his Broncos teammates.

    This game was over before it started as the "Doomsday Defense" completely smothered the Broncos all day. They couldn't run the ball, they had no time to pass, they were totally outclassed as co-MVPs Randy White and Harvey Martin could not be blocked.

    Denver's "Orange Crush" defense played well for the most part but they were on the field a lot and eventually wore down and started to give up some big plays. Norris Weese came in for Morton at QB and was mobile enough to scramble away from the passrush and make some plays but it was too little, too late. They scored a TD late in the 3rd quarter but they were down 20-10 by that time. A 29-yard TD RB-Option pass from Robert Newhouse to Golden Richards sealed the deal in the 4th quarter as the Broncos never got close to scoring again.

    Our defense was amazing that day as we forced 8 turnovers and were relentless in our attack on their QBs and RBs. Constant pressure, constant movement and misdirection by the D-Line, we were at our best that year on defense. Even though we had had some better years statistically in 1966, 68, & 69 I believe the 1977 version was the best defense the Dallas Cowboys have ever produced.

    For the second time we had won a SB in convincing fashion and I was anticipating winning several more just like that with this team as we looked unbeatable!
  3. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    So many people don't know that we drafted Steve DeBerg who was the epitome of a journeyman QB for many yeas.

    I was in 8th grade this season. In art class one day I was drawing a picture of Tony Dorsett. A kid named Felipe Ramos told me to put Ramos on the back of the jersey. I asked him if he was a Cowboys fan and he said "hell yeah."

    After the loss to the Steelers in the Regular season I was wearing a Cowboys cap (backwards BTW, I started that) and he was telling me how the Steelers were the best.

    Before Super Bowl XII he was talking about Orange Crush going to crush the Cowboys. After the Super Bowl he was a Cowboys fan again.

    Would it shock you if I told you that the next year he was a Steelers fan?

    That was my introduction to bandwagon fans.
  4. Jarv

    Jarv Loud pipes saves lives. Zone Supporter

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    These stories are great guys, is this being archived somewhere ?
  5. bbgun

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    In the History Zone.
  6. Jarv

    Jarv Loud pipes saves lives. Zone Supporter

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    Thanks BB, I had to go look it up, didn't even know we had a history zone...lol.
  7. superpunk

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    Jarv sounds like one of those plants in the ESPN chats.

    "Mr. Joyner - this looks like alot of research. Do you havea website or something?"

    Then Joyner feigns begrudgingly plugging his website and book, lol.


    Another great job, Hos and Thumper.

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