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1984 Dallas Cowboys season

Season information
TeamDallas Cowboys
Season Year1984
Head coachTom Landry
Home fieldTexas Stadium
Results
Record9-7
Place4th in NFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify
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The Cowboys finished the 1984 season with a record of nine wins and seven losses, and missed the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. A division record of 3-5 caused them to finish fourth in the NFC East, despite equaling the overall records of the New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals. The Cowboys went through major changes during the offseason, as key players Drew Pearson, Billy Joe Dupree, Harvey Martin, Robert Newhouse, and Pat Donovan all retired, and Butch Johnson was traded to the Denver Broncos. Adding to the overhaul, Gary Hogeboom replaced Danny White as the starting quarterback in preseason, and a quarterback controversy ensued throughout the season. After a 4-1 start, Hogeboom played poorly in losses to St. Louis and Washington, and was replaced by White in both games. The following week against New Orleans, White had to relieve Hogeboom again, this time after Hogeboom injured his right wrist early in the second half. White led the Cowboys to victory, overcoming a 21 point deficit in the fourth quarter. White started the next two games, but after a poor performance by both quarterbacks against the Giants, Hogeboom regained the starting position. The constant change at quarterback didn't help the team's inconsistent play, and they reached their nadir at Buffalo late in the season, suffering a humiliating 14-3 loss at the hands of the winless Bills. Afterwards, White would go onto to start at quarterback for the rest of the season. Still, for all the turmoil surrounding the Cowboys, they held a 9-5 record going into the season's final two weeks, and were tied for the division lead. However, two heartbreaking losses to the Redskins (a game in which the Cowboys led 21-6 at halftime) and Dolphins ended the Cowboys' string of postseason appearances at nine.

The Cowboys perennially potent offense fell into disarray during the 1984 season. The offensive line was ravaged by injury and retirement, and Cowboy quarterbacks were under duress all season. The line also struggled to open holes for the running game, despite another productive season from Tony Dorsett, who rushed for 1189 yards. Turnovers were another source of frustration, as the offense turned it over 42 times. The defense once again featured a strong pass rush, led by perennial all-pro defensive tackle Randy White, as well as an opportunistic secondary, with safety Michael Downs leading the way with seven interceptions. However, stopping the run was a problem throughout the season, as the defense allowed 4.4 yards per carry.

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Round Pick Name Position School
1 25 Billy Cannon, Jr. Linebacker Texas A&M
2 40 Victor Scott Safety Colorado
3 81 Fred Cornwell Tight End USC
4 110 Steve DeOssie Linebacker Boston College
5 113 Steve Pelluer Quarterback Washington
5 137 Norm Granger Running Back Iowa
6 152 Eugene Lockhart Linebacker Houston
6 166 Joe Levelis Offensive Guard Iowa
7 193 Ed Martin Linebacker Indiana State
8 222 Mike Revell Running Back Bethune-Cookman
9 232 John Hunt Offensive Guard Florida
9 249 Neil Maune Offensive Guard Notre Dame
10 278 Brian Salonen Tight End Montana
11 304 Dowe Aughtman Defensive Tackle Auburn
12 334 Carl Lewis Wide Receiver Houston

Dallas Cowboys 1984 roster
Quarterbacks Offensive Linemen Linebackers Reserve Lists

Week Date Opponent Result Game site NFL Recap
1 September 3, 1984 Los Angeles Rams W 20-13 Anaheim Stadium
2 September 9, 1984 New York Giants L 7-28 Giants Stadium
3 September 16, 1984 Philadelphia Eagles W 23-17 Texas Stadium
4 September 23, 1984 Green Bay Packers W 20-6 Texas Stadium
5 September 30, 1984 Chicago Bears W 23-14 Soldier Field
6 October 7, 1984 St. Louis Cardinals L 20-31 Texas Stadium
7 October 14, 1984 Washington Redskins L 14-34 RFK Stadium
8 October 21, 1984 New Orleans Saints W 30-27 OT Texas Stadium
9 October 28, 1984 Indianapolis Colts W 22-3 Texas Stadium
10 November 4, 1984 New York Giants L 7-19 Texas Stadium
11 November 11, 1984 St. Louis Cardinals W 24-17 Busch Memorial Stadium
12 November 18, 1984 Buffalo Bills L 3-14 Rich Stadium
13 November 22, 1984 New England Patriots W 20-17 Texas Stadium
14 December 2, 1984 Philadelphia Eagles W 26-10 Veterans Stadium
15 December 9, 1984 Washington Redskins L 28-30 Texas Stadium
16 December 17, 1984 Miami Dolphins L 21-28 Orange Bowl

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Washington Redskins 11 5 0 .688 426 310 W-4
Dallas Cowboys 9 7 0 .563 308 308 L-2
St. Louis Cardinals 9 7 0 .563 423 345 L-1
New York Giants 9 7 0 .563 308 308 L-2
Philadelphia Eagles 6 9 1 .406 278 320 L-1

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