Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by KD, Jun 30, 2020.
HELLUVA QB AND AN ALL-TIME GOOD'N.
I remember griping about hime with the family (we all griped) gathered around the tv on Sunday afternoons. Grandpa especially! Our big gripe ... going for FG's vs TD's.
That's a weak gripe. I miss them ol late 60's- 70's Cowboys !
Meredith quit before his time. He shoulda gone into the 1970's.
That commentator was 100% correct about 1966 being a year for the Cowboys that was "other worldly." Their offense was certainly rolling along in a way that we'll likely never see again. With Meredith and Bob Hayes playing such an active role, it was absolutely awesome to behold. It was a shame they didn't finish it with a Super Bowl victory, as Green Bay and Bart Starr won that contest by a last minute score. Those were the days, my friend.
1966 was Meredith’s greatest season as he won the equivalent of the leagues MVP now leading Cowboys to their 1st NFL title game.
I was just an young teenager but I recall it fairly well. It was his breakout season after earlier struggles.
Meredith might have been the most talented QB the Cowboys have had. That's saying a lot because I revere Staubach and deeply appreciate Aikman's Hall of Fame career. But Meredith was a phenomenal talent. Meredith had a different personality and I don't think was in love with the game the way some others are. He was a laid-back, fun-loving guy. But watch some of his deep passes to Bob Hayes to appreciate the touch and timing of his throws. Meredith also took an awful beating in his first few seasons. The Cowboys were rag-tag -- castoffs from other teams. In those days, the NFL did expandion teams no favors. Meredith took the kind of beatings no modern QBs would endure. The rules were much different. But if you want to understand how Meredith's teammates felt about him, read Walt Garrison's great, funny, insightful book, "Once a Cowboy." The Meredith stories are absolutely incredible.
Walt's book is phenomenal.
Dandy truly was GREAT.
I would have loved to see Dan Reeves. He was still on the roster in 71 when I started watching but he was barely used if at all. He must have been a decent 3rd down back in his day.
"When we had Class " Players and coaches alike.. When winning was more important than the money..
Some players had side jobs to make ends meet. And the Landry Hat..Oh that hat,
In those days there was no such thing as a 3rd down back. Rosters were smaller and teams did not have the luxury of having a running back just for certain situations. But, in the modern sense of the phrase, he was not a third down back. He was the starting running back and led the team in rushing in 1966. He also scored 16 touchdowns in 1966 to lead the league in that category and made all-pro. Reeves became a player-coach in 1969. He was a backup for Calvin Hill and then Duane Thomas. He retired after the 1972 season.
He was money. Pulled more than one game out of the fire. He would have been a good HC for Dallas.
Greatest NFL Head Coaches:
A case can be made that Dallas invented the third down back in its use of Preston Pearson in the middle 1970s.
Greatest NFL Head Coaches
the perfect game IMO was the 1977 SB when Staubach and the Cowboys done everything well. Denver never had a chance. Roger did what he had to do as did everyone. Don Meredith tho was very underrated and overshadowed. Just not on Rogers level.
the Mount Rushmore of NFL coaches.
I hope MM brings back the oline shift as a staple of the offense. Wouldnt that be awesome?
Jerry had a chance to hire Dan Reeves and decided to go Dave Campo instead lol..NUFF SAID.