The upcoming draft has been beat to death with mocks and articles attempting to assemble the next Super Bowl team. To break the monotony we decided to build an All Time Fantasy Cowboys Roster.
To complete this task we used the Team Of The Stars App put out by dallasnews.com to build our All Time Fantasy Cowboys roster. To make things realistic they implemented a salary cap so we had to be frugal and stay within the allowed budget.
All Time Fantasy Cowboys Roster.
The quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys has always held a sort of pop-culture status. Who will you pick to lead your team? Aikman and Staubach have Super Bowls rings but are not cheap. Romo, who is more affordable, holds the team record for touchdown passes.
1989-2000: 61.5% comp, 32,942 yds, 165 TDs
1969-79: 57.0% comp, 22,700 yds, 153 TDs
2006-15: 65.2% comp, 33,270 yds, 242 TDs
1976-88: 59.7% comp, 21,959 yds, 155 TDs
1960-68: 50.7% comp, 17,199 yds, 135 TDs
Fortunately for us, the prices for some of the individual players were based more on popularity and/or Super Bowl rings than what they actually brought to the game. Although Troy Aikman would be the modern fan favorite at QB, you have to take in to consideration the fact that Emmitt Smith was the heart and soul of that offense. The Cowboys won games in the absence of Aikman or Irvin, but when Emmitt held out, they were winless in his absence. Aikman being more expensive than Roger Staubach or Tony Romo makes no sense at all. Both Roger and Tony were forced to put the team on their shoulders and win games with their arm, wits and legs. We all saw how impotent the Cowboys were during Romo’s absence in 2015. The old teams were so solid that when Staubach retired, his backup, Danny White, was able to step in and lead them to 3 straight championships.
If you put aside the Super Bowl rings and look at the individual performance of the quarterbacks, Tony Romo is hands down the best QB in franchise history, but lacked the primary ingredients to win a championship most of his career: an offensive line, running game and a top 5 defense. The biggest weakness in Dallas now is the defense, but we will get to that later. No matter what the the price tag was, we would have selected Tony Romo as the quarterback of our All Time Fantasy Cowboys Roster.
Plenty of talent to pick from in this group. Emmitt Smith is the all-time leading rusher in the NFL, and DeMarco Murray just set a team record for yards from scrimmage. Marion Barber racked up 47 touchdowns in his six seasons. Remember, you’ve got to pick two to fill out your roster.
1990-2002: 17,162 rushing yds, 153 TDs
1977-87: 12,036 rushing yds, 72 TDs
2011-14: 4,526 rushing yds, 28 TDs
1961-68: 6,217 rushing yds, 42 TDs
1972-83: 4,784 rushing yds, 31 TDs
1969-74: 5,009 rushing yds, 39 TDs
2005-10: 4,358 rushing yds, 47 TDs
1986-89, 96-97: 3,491 rushing yds, 27 TDs
1966-74: 3,886 rushing yds, 30 TDs
1989-98: 753 rushing yds, 8 TDs
Obviously we selected Emmitt from the list of the most expensive players because without him, the #1 ranked defense and arguably the best pass protecting offensive line in NFL history, Troy Aikman was not worthy of being the most expensive QB on the list. Emmitt was the definition of a complete back and his durability and toughness go unmatched to this day.
Emmitt is not only the NFL’s all time leading rusher, he is the all time touchdown leader among running backs. Emmitt Smith is the only running back in NFL history to finish his career with more touchdowns than his quarterback. Emmitt not only amassed 164 rushing touchdowns (the stats on the app page are wrong), he added 11 more as a receiver out of the backfield for an NFL record, 175 career TD’s. 10 more than his QB. So tell me: who carried that offense on his shoulders?
It just wouldn’t be right to sign Emmitt Smith to our All Time Fantasy Cowboys Roster without his soulmate, “The Moose” Darryl Johnston at FB. Considering he was the cheapest back on the list, it made that much more sense. Johnston never gets the recognition he deserves. It’s not always about stats. His role on that offense was priceless.
(In the video below, you can clearly see just how special Emmitt was. Too many times the talking heads want to give all of the credit to his OL, but his vision and what he was able to do in the open field solidifies his role as the NFL’s all time leading rusher)
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Wide receivers and tight ends
Two No. 88’s, Michael Irvin and Dez Bryant, top our list of receivers for you to pick from, and it would be hard to argue with their 121 combined touchdown receptions. Bob Hayes, an affordable middle-of-the-road option, holds the team record with 71 touchdown catches. Like running backs, you have to pick two.
1988-99: 750 rec, 11,904 yds, 65 TDs
2010-15: 381 rec, 5,424 yds, 56 TDs
2003-15: 943 rec, 10,502 yds, 57 TDs
1973-83: 489 rec, 7,822 yds, 48 TDs
1977-86: 479 rec, 7,988 yds, 51 TDs
1965-74: 365 rec, 7,295 yds, 71 TDs
1960-67: 281 rec, 5,214 yds, 50 TDs
2006-08: 235 rec, 3,587 yds, 38 TDs
1979-88: 300 rec, 3,728 yds, 30 TDs
1990-95: 339 rec, 3,576 yds, 22 TDs
They may give Dez Bryant and Michael Irvin all of the props, but too many times people overlook the original 88. Again, stats don’t always tell the story. Drew Pearson is known as “Mr. Clutch” for a reason. He played in an era minus all of the protection rules for quarterbacks and wide receivers. They had shorter seasons, ran the ball more back then, and you had to be a tougher, smarter and more dominant receiver to survive. There were no rules prohibiting a DB from manhandling them 20 yards down the field. A WR had to straight up beat his man. The stat that matters most to me is: how did that player perform when the game was on the line? Pearson always came through in the clutch.
People don’t comprehend that what Roger Staubach and Drew Pearson accomplished together pioneered the modern passing game. The Hail Mary was named after them and no other QB/WR tandem was deadlier with the deep ball during that era. It didn’t matter what the situation was, Staubach knew he could go in to the huddle, call Drew’s name, and he could trust him to come through with a big play.
Drew Pearson not being in the Hall of Fame is a disgrace. There would be no stopping the combination of Tony Romo and Drew Pearson in the modern NFL. There would be no touching Pearson’s stats if he was targeted as much as Dez Bryant. Dez only wishes he could read a defense as well or run as many routes as Drew Pearson. Some of the most famous and/or clutch passes in NFL history were caught by the original 88. His price tag here was a bargain.
Jay Novacek may have the jewelry, but Jason Witten is by far the best tight end in Cowboys history. Much like Emmitt, he is an integral part of an offense and we had to spend big for him. Witten is the Cowboys all time leader in receptions, is second all time in receiving yards among TE’s behind Tony Gonzales, set an NFL record for reaching 600 catches the fastest, has attended 10 Pro Bowls, and has only ever missed one game in his entire career. If there is one person Tony Romo can always rely on, it’s Jason Witten. There was no doubt about it: Jason Witten had to be a part of our All Time Fantasy Cowboys Roster. He is definitely a first ballot hall of fame player.
Three of our five defenses won Super Bowls, 1971, 1977 and 1992. The 1968 squad was no slouch either, holding opponents to 13.3 points per game while forcing 41 turnovers.
Featuring Randy White: 15.3 pts allowed/gm, 31 TOs
Featuring Charles Haley: 15.2 pts allowed/gm, 31 TOs
Featuring Mel Renfro: 13.3 pts allowed/gm, 41 TOs
Featuring Darren Woodson: 16.3 pts allowed/gm, 25 TOs
Featuring Bob Lilly: 15.9 pts allowed/gm, 51 TOs
Doomsday I and Doomsday II will go down as two of the best defenses in NFL history. In their listing above, the one stat they don’t show which plays a major role in modern football, is the pass rush (sacks, hits and hurries.) We selected the 1971 defense because it not only held opponents to less than 16 points per game, but had a solid pass rush led by Bob Lilly, and generated an amazing 51 turnovers.
If there is one thing Rod Marinelli preaches day and night, it’s to take away the football. He wouldn’t know how to act with all of the ball hawks on that roster. Having that defense listed as the cheapest, made this selection for our All Time Fantasy Cowboys Roster a lock. We would have preferred the 1977 defense that was a combination of Randy White, Ed “Too Tall” Jones and Harvey Martin, because it was arguably the best front 4 in NFL history. Name one defensive line that had 3 pass rushers with over 100 career sacks all playing at the same time. They may not have had as many turnovers as our 71 defense, but the pass rush made up for that. Unfortunately, the salary cap forced us in to selecting Doomsday I. Not that we got a raw deal.
We’re going to do you a solid here. Kickers are free, so pick Dan Bailey and smile. Unless, of course, you’re related to Billy Cundiff or Chris Boniol.
2011-14: 114/127 FG, 16/23 50+ yds
2002-05: 60/82 FG, 4/9 50+ yds
1994-96: 81/93 FG, 2/6 50+ yds
This one was a simple addition to our All Time Fantasy Cowboys Roster. . Dan Bailey is the guy I refer to as Mr. Money. He is the most accurate kicker in NFL history and imperative to the Cowboys success moving forward.
Jerry Jones can spend all of the money he wants on skill positions for the offense, but the fact remains, if he doesn’t have a dominant defense such as the former Super Bowl winning teams, it will be another 20 years of mediocrity. If there was one thing Tom Landry understood, it was “Defense Wins Championships” and that is the primary reason he still to this day is the only coach in NFL history to string together 20 consecutive winning seasons. Had Tony Romo been given the casts Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach had, he would have multiple rings. We thought it was only fitting to give it to him with our All Time Fantasy Cowboys Roster.