The Dallas Cowboys Goal Needs To Be The Offensive Line

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In 1971 the Cowboys returned to the Super Bowl. This time they won it by splattering the Miami Dolphins all over New Orleans.  Rayfield Wright, the six time Pro Bowl RT and four time All Pro at that position said he had commandments for what he expected of himself that year. His number one commandment was “Thou shalt not touch Roger Staubach.” For much of that season, no one could. Tony Liscio had been traded from the Cowboys to the Chargers in the deal for Wide Receiver Lance Allworth, but due to injuries he did not play for them. The Chargers traded him to the Dolphins. He promptly retired.

Ralph Neely was given the LT spot with Liscio gone. He and a group of players bought dirt bikes and were out jumping them around when Neely wrecked and broke his foot. The players were so fearful of Landry that they invented the story that they were horseback riding and a rattlesnake scared Ralph’s horse. The Cowboys turned to old faithful yet again, and brought Tony Liscio back, and he did not allow Roger to be sacked even one time that season. You have to wonder how the Dolphins felt to see him playing again for the Cowboys after they traded for him and he retired.

Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys guard Nate Livings (71) in action against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Once again the interior of the O-line was anchored by John Niland, Dave Manders, and Blaine Nye. This solid unit helped Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys finally shed the title “Next Year’s Champions” as they won it all in Super Bowl VI.

In 1975 the Cowboys returned to Miami for Super Bowl X. Once again, a solid O-line was a key to their success in getting there. Joining Ralph Neely, Rayfield Wright and Blaine Nye was reliable John Fitzgerald at Center and Burton Lawless at Left Guard. When Lawless got hurt, a surprising Rookie named Herb Scott filled in, and the Cowboys didn’t miss a beat.

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