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Ernie Stautner to Rod Marinelli

Everyone is talking about the success of Rod Marinelli and his Rushmen. For an old Cowboy fan it brings to mind another tough coach from early years, Ernie Stautner. Stautner brought the same attention to detail and teaching technique to coaching the Cowboys Defensive Line and Defense from 1966-1988 encompassing the Glory Years and "Doomsday."

Among the defensive linemen he coached: George Andrie, Bob Lilly, Jethro Pugh, Larry Stephens, Willie Townes, Ron East, Larry Cole, Pat Toomay, Bill Gregory, Tody Smith, Harvey Martin, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Randy White, Dave Stalls, Larry Bethea, John Dutton, Bruce Thornton, Don Smerek, Jim Jeffcoat, Kevin Brooks, and Mark Walen (excluding players who were with the Cowboys for only 1 season). By the way, for many of those years the Cowboys carried at most 6 defensive linemen on their roster so these guys rarely came out of the game.

This reads like the honor roll of defensive linemen from the early years of the Cowboys. What is amazing about this list is the brevity of it. Most of these players had long tenures with the team. On the list are HOF'ers, All-pros, and Pro-Bowl players and a few that should be in the HOF.

Stautner, by the way played for the Steelers, is the only player to have his number retired by them, and is a member of the Hall of Fame.

If Marinelli can do for the Cowboys what Stautner did, the future is indeed bright.

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