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Rules, strategy, positions changed specifically for a Cowboys player?

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by TruBlueCowboy, Feb 18, 2006.

  1. TruBlueCowboy

    TruBlueCowboy New Member

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    Got the idea for this in the "Big E" thread and the rule changes made just because of Eric Williams and his female dog slapping of so many defensive ends. I figure if we all brainstorm, we can come up with a pretty impressive list that highlights how often the league has had to change because of the Cowboys.

    Probably the most popular recent change made as a result of a Dallas Cowboy was Roy Williams and the horsecollar rule. What other NFL norms were created specifically to counter, adjust, or react to Dallas Cowboys players or coaches? Not just rules, but situational positions, coaching strategies, awards, league finances, anything?
  2. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    The Emmitt Smith removing your helmet rule

    The strict enforcement of the push off rule....it was ok when Rice did it but not Irvin

    The salary cap.....without that who knows how many SB's Jerry could have bought


    That's just off the top of my head
  3. TruBlueCowboy

    TruBlueCowboy New Member

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    Didn't the NFL change the ways in which teams could benefit from sponsorships after Jerry Jones went out on his own and got the huge Pepsi contract?
  4. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Jerry just used a loop hole. The sponsorships were for Texas Stadium :D
  5. TruBlueCowboy

    TruBlueCowboy New Member

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    Here's another one. Were blocking fullbacks given a spot at the Pro Bowl before Darryl Johnston came along?
  6. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    I never understood the rule to begin with and I understand it even less now.

    Did it even get called all year? If so, I never saw one.

    It appears to me there was much to do about nothing with as much publicity it received when it was being created.
  7. davidyee

    davidyee Maple Leaf

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    ...developed and implemented to negate speedy WRs. Bullet Bob Hayes.
  8. lurkercowboy

    lurkercowboy Active Member

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    How about specials team players in the Pro Bowl because of Bill Bates?
  9. davidyee

    davidyee Maple Leaf

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    ...Steve Tasker first? Not entirely sure though.
  10. Chief

    Chief "Friggin Joke Monkey"

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    As an organization, the Cowboys have always been on the cutting edge.

    They were way ahead of everyone in scouting players, using computers, having cheerleaders, specific marketing campaigns, etc.

    This may not be necessarily viewed as a positive thing, but I think Dallas was the first organization to have its own security person (Larry Wansley, retired FBI). Also the first to have a kicking coach, I believe.

    On the field, Landry was very innovative. All the shifts and motions on offense, the resurrection of the shotgun formation, his version of the 4-3 ...

    Combine all this with the things mentioned in the previous threads, the team's rating as the winningest franchise in the Super Bowl era (thanks to Thumper's research) and you have the flagship franchise in the NFL.
  11. Ashwynn

    Ashwynn Well-Known Member

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    I am thinking it was Bates that pioneered that ST position in the pro-bowl.
  12. MRTRIPOD

    MRTRIPOD New Member

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    Roy Williams Horse Collar RULE
    DEION Signing bonus rule
    Emmitt helmet rule
    Erik Williams Hands to Face Rule
    Irvin Push Off Rule

    any more?
  13. Cbz40

    Cbz40 The Grand Poobah

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    If I'm not mistaken......the coloring other than white on the 20 yd & 50 yd lines....The Cowboys were first to do it.

    The increase in size and coloring of the yard sticks......What is common now....The Cowboys were first to do.


    Thank you Tex
  14. jackrussell

    jackrussell Last of the Duke Street Kings

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    I thought there was more of a 'clubbing' rule in regards to Williams.
  15. TheKey

    TheKey Faster than Felix

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    The NFL decided that we couldn't have our own TV station after we had already created one.
  16. Jersey

    Jersey Member

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    Incidental contact- after swan tripped over an already fallen Benny Barnes in SB XIII. Maybe the uncatchable ball rule as well, since it was also a significant part of that play.
  17. Draegerman

    Draegerman Internet Somebody

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    Unless I'm mistaken, the "Incidental Contact" rule had the greatest impact against FS, Cliff Harris. I remembered it being reported that before this rule was passed, Harris had been the best cover safety in the league. And he was literally doing it by "jack-slapping" the receiver up and down the field throughout the game. Subsequently, it was because of this rule (along with getting older, no doubt) that led to Cliff's eventual retirement.
  18. SilverStarCowboy

    SilverStarCowboy The Actualist

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    Bob Hayes changed the game of football.
  19. ravidubey

    ravidubey Active Member

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    Roy Williams horse collar rule
    Kevin Smith pass interference calls
    Erik Williams hands to the face rule
    Deion Sanders rule regarding contracts (once he signed with Dallas, regardless of having signed a BS contract with the 49ers the year before)
    $700 million lawsuit vs. Jerry Jones for letting Phil Knight on the sideline
    Emmitt Smith helmet rule
    Michael Irvin push-off rule
  20. jackrussell

    jackrussell Last of the Duke Street Kings

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    Whah?

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