Akin Ayodele starts off his Dallas career by going home. Ayodele was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars and played four years there until leaving as a free agent. Now he'll be playing his first game of 2006 in Jax's home stadium but this time as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. It must be strange for him to leave a team that brought him into the NFL only to have to go back and play them right out of the gate.
Since he's played several years in the Jack Del Rio system maybe he can give Parcells some scouting tips over the summer. They'll have plenty of time to gameplan for the opener. Here's what his former coach says about him.
When asked if he thought Ayodele could play one of the inside backers positions in a 3-4 defense, as the Cowboys plan, Del Rio said, "I think he can - obviously they think he can, and that's most important."
Scott Wright updated his mock draft. He has Dallas selecting Santonio Holmes at #18. Here's his analysis.
This site says the 1971 Dallas Cowboys were the 8th best team in the Super Bowl era. Here's their breakdown.
- Went 11-3 under Tom Landry and won 10 straight in beating Miami 24-3 in Super Bowl VI
- Led league in offense with 406 pts
- QB Roger Staubach was NFL's top rated passer of the year and had thrown for 1,882 yds
- Trio of Walt Garrison, Duane Thomas and Calvin Hill had 1,690 yds rushing and 14 TDS
- Duo of WR Bob Hayes and Lance Alworth caught for 1,327 yds and 10 TDs
- Had 7 pro bowlers
- "Doomsday Defense" allowed just 18 pts in the postseason
The 1993 team would give them a run for their money, but I can't argue with the choice of the '71 team being the best Dallas ever assembled.