1969 Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys were expected to slip back in the pack in 1969 when their 2 offense stars, Don Perkins and Don Meredith, retired before the season began. The Cowboys sytem as it would become to be known as simply replaced the retired stars with new stars and continued to dominate at least in the regular season. The Cowboys easily won their division for the 3rd year in a row with an 11-2-1 record. The Cowboys finished 2nd in total offense and 2nd in total defense. The Cowboys once again got out of the gate fast which became a trademark for the Cowboys  under Tom Landry. They won their 6 games of the season before hitting a mid season slump. They lost 2 and tied 1 of their next 5 games before winning their remaining 3 games. The Cowboys offense was led by QB Craig Morton, Rookie RB Calvin Hill, and Offensive Lineman Ralph Neely and John Niland. The defense was led by All Pros Bob Lilly DT, George Andrie DE, Lee Roy Jordan MLB, Chuck Howley LB, Cornelll Green CB and Mel Renfro at safety.

Once again the Dallas Cowboys entered the NFL Playoffs as one of the favorites to advance to the Super Bowl and once again they were disappointed. The Cleveland Browns became the Cowboys newest nemesis by spoiling the Cowboys dreams for the second season in a row. The Cowboys faced the Browns in the first round of the 1969 NFL Playoffs in Dallas but were never in the game. At one time the Cowboys trailed the Browns 38-7 late in the 4th qrt. Rookie QB Roger Staubach replaced a struggling Craig Morton late in the game and threw a TD pass to complete the scoring at 38-14. The Cowboys were beginning to wear the lable of Next Year’s Champions. Because of their inability to win the big game.

The Dallas Cowboys hit paydirt with their first pick in the 1969 NFL Draft. Calvin Hill became an All Star and was the first Cowboy RB to rush for over 1,000 yards in one season. The final 16 picks for the Cowboys in the 1969 NFL draft either never played or were non impacts for the Cowboys.

1969 Dallas Cowboys NFL Draft picks

Rnd Pos College/Univ
1 Calvin Hill RB Yale
2 Richmond Flowers DB Tennessee
3 Thomas Stincic LB Michigan
3 Halvor Hagen G Weber St.
5 Chuck Kyle LB Purdue
6 Rick Shaw FL Arizona St.
7 Larry Bales FL Emory & Henry
8 Elmer Benhardt LB Missouri
9 Claxton Welch RB Oregon
10 Stuart Gottlieb T Weber St.
11 Sweeny Williams DE Prairie View
12 Bob Belden QB Notre Dame
13 Rene Matison FL New Mexico
14 Gerald Lutri T Northern Michigan
15 Bill Justus DB Tennessee
16 Floyd Kerr DB Colorado St.
17 Bill Bailey DT Lewis & Clark
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1969 Dallas Cowboys schedule and results

Score
Week Date Opp Tm Opp
1 September 21 W St. Louis Cardinals 24 3
2 September 28 W New Orleans Saints 21 17
3 October 5 W Philadelphia Eagles 38 7
4 October 12 W Atlanta Falcons 24 17
5 October 19 W Philadelphia Eagles 49 14
6 October 27 W New York Giants 25 3
7 November 2 L Cleveland Browns 10 42
8 November 9 W New Orleans Saints 33 17
9 November 16 W Washington Redskins 41 28
10 November 23 L Los Angeles Rams 23 24
11 November 27 T San Francisco 49ers 24 24
12 December 7 W Pittsburgh Steelers 10 7
13 December 13 W Baltimore Colts 27 10
14 December 21 W Washington Redskins 20 10
Playoffs
Division December 28 L Cleveland Browns 14 38
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1969 Dallas Cowboys roster

1969 Dallas Cowboys

No. Pos G GS College/Univ
66 George Andrie*+ DE 14 0 Marquette
46 Craig Baynham HB 10 0 Georgia Tech
31 Otto Brown DB 14 0 Prairie View
60 Jackie Burkett LB-C 11 0 Auburn
83 Mike Clark K 14 0 Texas A&M
37 Phil Clark DB 14 0 Northwestern
63 Larry Cole DE-DT 14 0 Air Force,Houston,Hawaii
40 Bobby Joe Conrad FL-DB-HB-WR-K 8 0 Texas A&M
89 Mike Ditka TE 12 4 Pittsburgh
77 Ron East DT-DE 14 3 Montana St.,Oregon St.
52 Dave Edwards LB 14 0 Auburn
45 Richmond Flowers DB-WR 6 0 Tennessee
27 Mike Gaechter DB 13 0 Oregon
32 Walt Garrison RB 13 0 Oklahoma St.
34 Cornell Green+ DB 14 0 Utah St.
64 Halvor Hagen G-DE-T-C 12 0 Weber St.
22 Bob Hayes SE-WR 10 10 Florida A&M
35 Calvin Hill*+ RB 13 0 Yale
24 Dennis Homan WR 11 4 Alabama
54 Chuck Howley*+ LB 14 0 West Virginia
23 Mike Johnson DB 12 0 Kansas
55 Lee Roy Jordan*+ LB 14 0 Alabama
74 Bob Lilly*+ DT-DE 14 0 TCU
72 Tony Liscio T-G 14 0 Tulsa
51 Dave Manders C 14 0 Michigan St.
14 Craig Morton QB 13 13 California
73 Ralph Neely*+ T-G 12 11 Oklahoma
76 John Niland* G 14 0 Iowa
84 Pettis Norman TE-SE 10 10 Johnson C. Smith
61 Blaine Nye G 14 0 Stanford
75 Jethro Pugh DT-DE 12 11 Elizabeth City St.
30 Dan Reeves RB 13 0 South Carolina
20 Mel Renfro*+ DB-RB 14 0 Oregon
19 Lance Rentzel WR-FL 14 0 Oklahoma
25 Les Shy RB 14 0 Long Beach St.
12 Roger Staubach QB 6 1 New Mex. Mil. Inst.,Navy
56 Thomas Stincic LB 14 0 Michigan
57 Malcolm Walker C-T 14 0 Rice
42 Claxton Welch RB 6 0 Oregon
53 Fred Whittingham LB-G 7 0 BYU,Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo
10 Ron Widby+ P 14 0 Tennessee
65 John Wilbur G-DE 14 0 Stanford
70 Rayfield Wright T-TE 14 3 Fort Valley St.
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