My All-time Cowboys players Top 5 Ranking list (per position)

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  1. quickccc

    quickccc Well-Known Member

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    My All-time Cowboys Players Top 5 Ranking list (per position unit)


    Quarterbacks
    1- Roger Staubach
    2 – Troy Aikman
    3 – Tony Romo
    4 – Dak Prescott
    5 – Danny white

    Running Backs
    1 – Emmitt Smith
    2 – Tony Dorsett
    3 – Zeke Elliott
    4 – Demarco Murray
    5 – Hershel Walker

    Full Backs
    1 - Daryl Johnston
    2 - Ron Springs
    3 - Walt Garrison
    4 - Don Perkins
    5 - Robert Newhouse

    Wide Receivers
    1 - Bob Hayes
    2 - Michael Irvin
    3 - Dez Bryant
    4 - Drew Pearson
    5 - Tony Hill

    Tight Ends
    1 - Jason Witten
    2- Doug Cosbie
    3- Jay Novacek
    4- Billie joe Dupree
    5 - Pettis Norman


    Offensive Tackles
    1 - Rayfield wright
    2 - Erik Williams
    3 - Tyron smith
    4- Pat Donovan
    5 - Ralph Neely


    Offensive Guards
    1 - Larry Allen
    2 - Zack Martin
    3- John Niland
    4 - Nate Newton
    5 - Herb Scott

    Center
    1 - Travis Fredrick
    2 - Mark Stepnoski
    3 - Ray Donaldson
    4 - Andre Gurode
    5 - Derek Kennard

    Defensive end
    1- Charles Haley
    2- Harvey Martin
    3- - Demarcus Lawrence
    4 - Jim Jeffcoat
    5 - Ed too tall jones


    Defensive tackles
    1- Bob Lilly
    2- Randy White
    3 - Jay Ratliff
    4 - Jason hatcher
    5 - Leon Lett

    Outside Linebackers
    1 - Demarcus ware
    2 - Chuck Howley
    3 - Dexter Coakley
    4 - Ken Norton jr.
    5 - Thomas Henderson

    Middle linebackers
    1 - Lee Roy Jordan
    2 - Sean lee
    3- Bob Breuing
    4 - Jaylon smith
    5 – Bradie james


    Safeties
    1 - Darren Woodson
    2 - Cliff Harris
    3 - Roy Williams
    4 - Brock Marion
    5- Charlie waters

    Cornerbacks
    1 - Deion sanders
    2 - Mel Renfro
    3 - Everson walls
    4 - Cornell Green
    5 - Terrance Newman

    Returners
    1 - Bob Hayes
    2 - Deion sanders
    3 - Kevin Williams
    4 - Reggie Swinton
    5 - Kelvin martin

    Kickers
    1- Dan Bailey
    2- Efren Herrera
    3- Tony Fritsch
    4- Chris Boniol
    5- Rafael Septien


    Punters
    1- Pat McBriar
    2- John Jett
    3- Mike Saxon
    4- Toby Gowin
    5- Micah Knorr


    Head coaches
    1- Tom Landry
    2- Jimmie Johnson
    3 - Bill Parcells
    4- Jason Garrett
    5- Wade Phillips
     
  2. WillieBeamen

    WillieBeamen BoysfanfromNY

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    Nah. Cant get on board with these rankings
     
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  3. IheartRomo

    IheartRomo Well-Known Member

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    Pat McBriar's brother, Mat McBriar, was also a decent punter. Surprised to not see him make the list.
     
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  4. quickccc

    quickccc Well-Known Member

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    I wonder how my rank listing will compare to other Cowboys fans;

    The tougher choices for me were the ole school 60’s guys, as I really like selecting guys I’ve seen play the game, but the 60'ers do carry impressive credentials and resumes, please feel free to enlighten me with the old schoolers.

    Most were easy but a few were very tough to decide. for example, I luuvv Michael Irvin as he was such a tremendous playmaker and also an extraordinary leader - but Bullet Bob Hayes actually revolutionized the NFL game. the NFL world had to create the zone defense scheme to even have a chance to deal with him.
     
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  5. Bobhaze

    Bobhaze Well-Known Member

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    Pretty good list. (Especially agree with Bob Hayes being #1 WR- he literally changed the game of football!) Some changes I would make:

    QB
    1. Roger
    2. Troy
    3. Tony Romo
    4. Danny White
    5. Don Meredith

    • I would make DeMarcus Ware a DE and make him #1 and add George Andrie.
    • At DT- Jay Ratliff at 3? No way- I would drop him and Hatcher out and replace them with Jethro Pugh (played 13 years and was part of two SB teams) and Larry Cole.
    • Move Cornell Green to S- he played most of his career there and was an All Pro twice.
    • At Center- Tom Rafferty should be at least #3. He played in 3 SBs and was a multiple Pro Bowler.
    • At outside LB- add the great DD Lewis who played in 4 SBs and was a starter over 10 years.
     
  6. maryquality

    maryquality Well-Known Member

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    I agree with most on your list. Nice job!! The only thing I have an issue with is putting Dak ahead of Danny White, as of right now. Maybe after all is said and done, Dak will surpass Danny White. But, currently, I don't feel like he should be ahead of him.
     
  7. ClappingCarrot

    ClappingCarrot Well-Known Member

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    I can't get on board with the OT list. Pre-injury Erik Williams is one of the best tackles I've ever seen in my life.

    Also, Jimmie Johnson drives for NASCAR. Jimmy Johnson is the GOAT.
     
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  8. WillieBeamen

    WillieBeamen BoysfanfromNY

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    Bob Hayes over Michael Irvin?

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  9. quickccc

    quickccc Well-Known Member

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    Big E' would have been a definite HOF for sure, ...if not for car accident that tragically cut his career short, (man-handled both reggie white and Michael strahan) .. but Rayfield Wright indeed was a HOF'er.
     
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  10. Bobhaze

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    Careful on the GOAT comment....Tom Landry is the Cowboys GOAT HC. I’m still amazed at 20 straight winning seasons, making the playoffs 19 times and winning 20 playoff games. Jimmy was great. But....
     
  11. ClappingCarrot

    ClappingCarrot Well-Known Member

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    Just imagine what could have been had he been able to beat Lombardi and Noll.
     
  12. mrmojo

    mrmojo Well-Known Member

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    Good list.

    I would have Drew 2nd Irvin 1st though and Tom Rafferty was a heck of a guard and center.

    Mark Tuinei, DD Lewis, Larry Cole, Jethro Pugh should be on the list.

    Deon should not be on any of these Cowboys lists.
     
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  13. PA Cowboy Fan

    PA Cowboy Fan Well-Known Member

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    Dak is not better than Danny White or Don Meredith yet. Dez is not better than Drew Pearson. Jay Novacek should be #2 probably. I think Too Tall should be at #3. I know nobody likes Rafael Septien but he should be at #2 . I wouldn't even have Garrett above Switzer. Even Wade is a big if.....
     
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  14. irishline

    irishline Well-Known Member

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    I love Michael Irvin (one of my all-time favorites) but the zone defense, as it is known today, was literally created to stop Hayes...

    https://www.si.com/vault/2002/09/30...re-were-demons-in-life-that-he-couldnt-outrun

    "The zone defense had existed in the NFL before his arrival, but it was crude by today's standards, and Hayes could destroy that kind of coverage the same way he did man-to-man alignments. So coaches came up with a double zone to try to control him. A cornerback would play him tight as he came off the line--in those days defenders could do anything they wanted to a receiver, except grab and hold--and another defensive back would pick him up deep. Or coaches would assign the deepest defensive back, usually the free safety, to make sure he stayed behind Hayes, which opened up vast areas underneath. No other player caused that kind of strategic overhaul of the defensive game."
     
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  15. xwalker

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    Quarterback
    Quarterback (Jerry Era):
    1. Troy Aikman
    2. Dak Prescott
    3. Tony Romo

    Quarterback (Landry Era):
    1. Roger Staubach
    2. Don Meredith


    Running Back
    Running Back (Jerry Era):
    1. Emmitt Smith
    2. Marion Barber
    3. Zeke Elliott
    4. Demarco Murray
    5. Hershel Walker

    Running Back (Landry Era):
    1. Tony Dorsett
    2. Hershel Walker


    FullBack
    FullBack (Jerry Era):
    1. Daryl Johnston

    FullBack (Landry Era):
    1. Robert Newhouse
    2. Ron Springs
    3. Walt Garrison
    4. Don Perkins


    Wide Receiver
    Wide Receiver (Jerry Era):
    1. Michael Irvin
    2. Amari Cooper
    3. Michael Gallup
    4. Miles Austin
    5. TO

    Wide Receiver (Landry Era):
    1. Bob Hayes
    2. Drew Pearson
    3. Tony Hill


    Tight End
    Tight End (Jerry Era):
    1. Jason Witten
    2. Jay Novacek

    Tight End (Landry Era):
    1- Doug Cosbie
    2- Billie Joe Dupree
    3. Pettis Norman


    Offensive Tackle
    Offensive Tackle (Jerry Era):
    1. Erik Williams Move to #1
    2. Tyron smith Move to #2
    3. Jermey Parnell

    Offensive Tackle (Landry Era):
    1. Rayfield Wright
    2. Pat Donovan
    3. Ralph Neely


    Offensive Guard
    Offensive Guard (Jerry Era):
    1. Larry Allen
    2. Zack Martin
    3. Nate Newton

    Offensive Guard (Landry Era):
    1. John Niland
    2. Herb Scott


    Center
    Center (Jerry Era):
    1. Travis Fredrick
    2. Mark Stepnoski
    3. Derek Kennard
    4. Andre Gurode
    5. Ray Donaldson

    Center (Landry Era):
    1. Tom Rafferty


    Defensive End / 3-4 OLB
    Defensive End / 3-4 OLB (Jerry Era):
    1. Demarcus Ware
    2. Charles Haley
    3. Tony Tolbert
    4. Demarcus Lawrence
    5. Greg Ellis

    Defensive End / 3-4 OLB (Landry Era):
    1. Harvey Martin
    2. Ed "Too Tall" Jones


    Defensive Tackle
    Defensive Tackle (Jerry Era):
    1. Russell Maryland
    2. Tony Casillas
    3. Chad Hennings
    4. Maliek Collins
    5. Leon Lett

    Defensive Tackle (Landry Era):
    1. Randy White
    2. Bob Lilly


    Off-Ball Linebacker
    Off-Ball Linebacker: (Jerry Era):
    1. Sean Lee
    2. Vander Esch
    3. Jaylon Smith
    4. Ken Norton Jr.
    5. Robert Jones
    - Darrin Smith
    - Dexter Coakley
    - Dat Nguyen
    - Dixon Edwards

    Off-Ball Linebacker (Landry Era):
    1. Lee Roy Jordan
    2. Chuck Howley
    3. Thomas Henderson
    4. Bob Breuing


    Safety
    Safety (Jerry Era):
    1. Darren Woodson
    2. Roy Williams
    3. Brock Marion

    Safety (Landry Era):
    1. Cliff Harris
    2. Charlie Waters


    Cornerback
    Cornerback (Jerry Era):
    1. Deion Sanders
    2. Kevin Smith
    3. Byron Jones
    4. Chidobe Awuzie
    5. Terrance Newman / Larry Brown

    Cornerback (Landry Era):
    1. Mel Renfro
    2. Everson Walls
    3. Cornell Green


    Returner
    Returner (Jerry Era):
    1. Deion Sanders
    2. Kelvin Martin

    Returner (Landry Era):
    1. Bob Hayes


    Kicker
    Kicker (Jerry Era):
    1. Don't Care enough to rank.

    Kicker (Landry Era):
    1. Don't Care enough to rank.

    Punter

    Punter (Jerry Era):
    1. Don't Care enough to rank.

    Punter (Landry Era):
    1. Don't Care enough to rank.

    Head Coach
    Head Coach (Jerry Era):
    1. Jimmie Johnson
    2. Don't Care enough to rank.

    Head Coach (Landry Era):
    1. Tom Landry
     
  16. Shake_Tiller

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    Tough assignment. Here is my effort, though I did not attempt specialists, returners or head coaches. I tried to take into account 1) contributions to the Cowboys, 2) overall skill and 3) performance during the particular era. Mel Renfro wasn’t a better CB than Deion Sanders, for instance, but I think he contributed more to the Cowboys. Erik Williams was the most dominating OT in Dallas history, but because of his unfortunate injury, he didn’t contribute as much to the Cowboys as otherwise would have been the case. A couple of places I cheated and created ties. Obviously the Cowboys’ younger current players are penalized by the format. I have a couple of eccentric picks included, but what the heck.


    Quarterbacks
    1- Roger Staubach
    2 – Troy Aikman
    3. Don Meredith
    4 – Tony Romo
    5 – Danny White


    Running Backs
    1 – Emmitt Smith
    2 – Tony Dorsett
    3 – Zeke Elliott
    4 – Demarco Murray
    5 – Preston Pearson


    Fullbacks
    1 - Daryl Johnston
    2 – Don Perkins
    3 – Walt Garrison
    4 – Robert Newhouse
    5 – Ron Springs


    Wide Receivers
    1 - Michael Irvin
    2 - Bob Hayes
    3 - Drew Pearson
    4 - Dez Bryant
    5 - Tony Hill


    Tight Ends

    1 - Jason Witten
    2- Billy Joe Dupree
    3- Jay Novacek
    4- Doug Cosbie
    5 - Pettis Norman


    Offensive Tackles
    1 - Rayfield Wright
    2 - Tyron Smith
    3 - Erik Williams
    4 - Ralph Neely
    5 - Mark Tuinei


    Offensive Guards
    1 - Larry Allen
    2 - Zack Martin
    3- John Niland
    4 - Nate Newton
    5 – Blaine Nye


    Center
    1 - Travis Frederick
    2 – Tom Rafferty
    3 – Dave Manders
    4 - Mark Stepnoski
    5 - Ray Donaldson


    Defensive end
    1 - Demarcus Ware
    2- Harvey Martin
    3 - Charles Haley
    4 – Ed Jones
    5 (tie) - Demarcus Lawrence
    5 (tie) – George Andrie


    Defensive tackles
    1- Bob Lilly
    2- Randy White
    3 – Jethro Pugh
    4 - Leon Lett
    5 (tie) – John Dutton
    5 (tie) – Larry Cole


    Outside Linebackers
    1 - Chuck Howley
    2 – Dave Edwards
    3 – D.D. Lewis
    4 - Dexter Coakley
    5 – Hollywood Henderson


    Middle linebackers
    1 - Lee Roy Jordan
    2 - Sean Lee
    3- Bob Breunig
    4 – Ken Norton
    5 - Jaylon Smith


    Safeties
    1 - Darren Woodson
    2 - Cliff Harris
    3 – Charlie Waters
    4 - Roy Williams
    5 – Mike Gaechter


    Cornerbacks
    1 - Mel Renfro
    2 - Deion Sanders
    3 - Cornell Green
    4 - Everson Walls
    5 - Terence Newman
     
  17. Aerolithe_Lion

    Aerolithe_Lion Well-Known Member

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    Your WR rankings are all kinds of wrong. You genuinely believe Dez Bryant was a superior cowboy to Drew Pearson?
     
  18. cowboyec

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    :bow::bow::bow::bow::bow::bow:
     
  19. quickccc

    quickccc Well-Known Member

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    yes I do, Not only is Dez the Cowboys all time TD leader - which says a lot given we already had the likes of two Hall of Famers in Hayes, Irvin and (maybe future HOF) in Pearson that he surpassed on th record books , but in Dez's prime , he was just a physical freak of nature to have to try to cover and corral.
    He could flat out-physical and overpower most CBs, and he could out-sky CBs for the ball in air with his unique eye-hand coordination and body control.
    He routinely made the jump ball fade near the goal line look just to effortless and easy. (when he played with Romo) Pearson was never as dominant

    Now that I think about it, Terrell Owens should have been on that WR list as well. (unfortunately we cannot re-edit after a short period?) Yeh i know Owens was a selfish, cancerous jerk but he was also
    undeniable, flat out dominant with just every NFL team he's been with.... and he's also a Hall of Famer.
     
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  20. kskboys

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    Dude, you left Meredith off the list and put Prescott above White. C'moooooooooooon.
     
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