Is Jerry Jones Too Blind To See The Writing On The Wall?

I am just your every day peon fan. I have no claim to fame. I am not a coach, nor a GM in the NFL, but I have this little thing called common sense. And, yes, I study the game of football. In fact, I am pretty knowledgeable in most circles. As I watch what is taking place with the Dallas Cowboys again this year, I have no choice but to scratch my head.

Nov 6, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys ring of honoree Larry Allen during a halftime ceremony against the Seattle Seahawks at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

I have to ask myself a serious question here, but I am having trouble with the answer. The question: how can a man be intelligent enough to become a billionaire in the world of business, buy a football team, yet not be able to see the writing on the wall?

My next question is: how can the coaches not see it?

As I said, I am just a peon, but if it was anymore obvious it would jump out and bite me. Ok, lets get to the point of this article. A breakdown of the current depth chart. Starting with offense. I will cover other areas in future articles.

I am going to start with the offensive line. I look back to the playoff game against the Vikings and get sick to my stomach. Remember? The game where Romo got sacked 6 times and was hurried on almost every play? Is it just me, or was it already obvious that the O-Line was in bad shape then? Romo has excellent escape ability, which is probably the only reason his career hasn’t ended prematurely. Could you imagine the abuse one of the leagues immobile pocket passers like P. Manning would be taking back there? His career would already be over.

After that playoff debacle, me the peon, thought, ok, we need to address the line this off season. So, I patiently waited for the draft and much to my dismay, the OL issues were not addressed. Then I thought, ok, they will address it in Free Agency. Wrong again, their answer was cutting Flozell Adams (who went on to start in the Super Bowl for the Steelers).

If you look around the league at the successful teams, or even look at the Cowboys history, almost every successful football team is based around a solid offensive line. So, nothing was done to fix it and Romo was running for his life again. Yes, it may have been Gronkowski’s missed block that allowed the season ending injury, but if you watch the film, that guy came right through the line untouched. Either way it was inevitable. There is nothing more important in the NFL than protecting your QB. The Cowboys not only lost one QB that year (Romo), they also allowed Kitna to get injured. Ouch. Shame on the cowboys management department.

Football is a lot like chess. In a game of chess the most valuable piece on the board is the king. A skilled player will form an array of pawns (known as a bastion) around his king. This represents the offensive line and is called developing. A skilled player will have his king secure within the first seven moves of the game. Usually having a knight protecting his flanks. This is like a TE or a FB. Now, if you know anything about chess, if just one of those pawns is missing, the opposing player will get to your king. No chess player in his right mind will leave his king unprotected. Are you getting my point?

Jan 1, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) sacks Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/The Star-Ledger via US PRESSWIRE

2011 rolled around and now it’s the last minute. It took losing two QB’s the year before for the staff to realize they needed some help on the offensive line. They drafted Tyron Smith, so maybe people thought: “Great! they are finally addressing the need!” But then what did they do? They cut starters from the OL during a lockout season. Back to chess. This is like being in a game against Gary Kasparov and letting a beginner take over your game to protect your king. Scratching my head again. My peon common sense tells me, a player in any game, needs time to learn the game. In most cases they need an advanced player around to mentor them in that game.

I heard a lot of fans saying let the young guys play they will be fine. It is an accepted fact in the NFL that it takes 1-4 years for a player to fully develop. Did they forget it took Doug Free a few years and he was still learning? This brings me to my next question. If you were the king (Tony Romo) would you want to put not only your health, but your career in the hands of sub par beginners and FA cast offs like Livings or Bernadeu? Adjustments can be made to allow for one weak link on the line, like one rookie, but lets be real here. Free and Holland were the only vets we had on the line in 2011. Romo took a career high 36 sacks and 82 hits; he ended up with broken ribs and a punctured lung.

Look, I may be a peon, but I am not stupid. I am not buying in to them trying to patronize the fans. Did everyone forget that McGee got sacked 3 times against 2nd and 3rd string players with the same linemen in the game during the preseason that were expected to protect Romo from the Pro Bowl pass-rushers in the regular season? Did everyone forget who the Eagles Redskins and Giants have for pass-rushers? Thats a minimum of 6 games of their schedule right there. This year when the Cowboys play the Giants, all of their pass rushers will be healthy. Yes, the guys who sacked Romo 6 times in the last meeting alone, keeping the Cowboys out of the playoffs.

Once again in 2012, Jerry Jones did nothing at all to significantly upgrade the offensive line.

Aug11, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys right tackle Tyron Smith (77) blocks for quarterback Tony Romo (9) in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

The next question: With the line being as thin as it is right now, what happens if one of the so called starters gets injured? They cut the veterans and are relying on rookies and a career backup to be starters now. Do you see the dilemma? They don’t have anyone to put in if someone gets hurt! It seems like the staff just loves committing NFL suicide. How many times in the last few years have we had two linemen injured at the same time? Exactly my point. Right now they are scrambling in camp just to find someone to fill the line. The competition is among a bunch of guys who probably couldn’t make New Englands practice squad. Yes, teams like them have better backups than what JJ wants to use as starters.  They appear to be giving no thought to the risk of injury.

The next question is: What if Tyron Smith can’t cut it at LT when we get in “REAL” game scenarios against the elite pass rushers in the NFL? You can’t expect a 21 year old rookie to fully develop and learn a new position like LT in only a few weeks. Most of the current starting left tackles in the NFL were 4 year starters at the position in college and have adequate experience there.  What is the back up plan? No one is ever going to convince me this offense is secure. Free got abused on the left side last year. Costa spent most of the season in Romos’ lap, and Holland was the only halfway solid OG on the line. Now they let him go.

The bottom line to this whole article is, they are not only gambling with the future of the franchise in 2012, but the health and future of their franchise QB Tony Romo. I mean hey, you know the media will just blame Romo whether he is on his back all the time or not. I am sorry, but this peon sees the writing on the wall and can read it. I just hope the staff does before it’s too late. This is not hating on my team, this is speaking the truth. If I was Romo, I would demand my contract get restructured with an injury clause allowing guaranteed money, or demand to be traded to a team who will protect me. He may just lose his entire career with the next injury. Then what Mr. Jones?

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Topics: Dallas Cowboys, Doug Free, Flozell Adams, Jerry Jones, MacKenzy Bernadeu, Nate Livings, Phil Costa, Tony Romo, Tyron Smith

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  • Dan Poran

    I feel like this guy knows absolutely nothing about football, and has only been watching the game for a year with his premature assumptions and knowledge on the game.

    Tyron Smith and Free will be beyond solid. Rest of the guys above average except center. They brought in those two free agents with our new line coach to take a bunch of pressure off of romo with running the ball well. Maybe you missed last season when Murray was healthy. How many times did Romo get sacked with a worse line last year when they finally had a true RB? These ‘trash’ guys as you called them held up well, and now have another year of development under their belt.

    This article feels like a wife over analyzing something and picking at insignificant facts to come to a false conclusion overall. Please have another, sit down, relax, and realize next year might be one of our best years in over a decade. Finally this team has been making the right player decisions for two years now. Took a while too weed out the garbage, but this team is dead on track. =) I expect the D to be top 6. I expect Murray to change the whole dynamic of how many times Romo drops back with our new pro bowl full back blocking. I expect Dez to finally dominate and learn to run right routes past the 1st quarter. Luckily for us also if Romo does miss a game, I see orton easily winning 1 for us. =)

    Try to be a fan and develop a little faith friend.

    • http://yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/author/cowgirlcas/ Cowgirlcas22

      Obviously you feed off of the propaganda put out by valley ranch. Your entitled to your opinion, but at least present some type of facts to support the argument. Bernadeu is a career back up on a team with a weak OL. Cam was running for his life most of the time. Livings has never had anything other than a negative grade since he has been a starter. Out of 31 other teams in the NFL no on tried to sign either one. Cincinnati let Livings walk and drafted Zeigler. Unlike most who drink Jerrys’ kool aid I come with facts to support what I say. http://sportdfw.com/2012/05/30/cowgirls-mailbag-did-the-dallas-cowboys-really-improve-the-offensive-line/

      Faith? after 15 yrs of disappointments under JJ as the GM. I have become a realist. If you live in hope, you will die in despair. BTW I am certain that I forgot more than you know about football. In case you didn’t pay attention, I am not a guy silly.

    • http://www.facebook.com/michael.valentino.39 Michael Valentino

      Dan, I wish I could share your optimism when it comes to the O-line, but I have to side with Cas here. Now I do like the switch in tackles, as Free did not play well at LT last year and Smith is more athletic for that position. I think Free will rebound nicely at RT. But I am still concerned about the three interior line positions. Last year, Lindy’s rated the Cowboys OL as the lowest in the NFL (tied with Oakland, Atlanta and Pittsburgh). In fact, other than several teams’ QB ratings, the only position group lower than the Cowboys 6.0 rating for the OL was Houston’s secondary at 5.5. At least Pittsburgh set out to do something about that, drafting David DeCastro (who will be a Pro Bowler) and Mike Adams (will work his way into a starting OT position). Did the Cowboys really help themselves? Livings is a mauler in the run game but how good a pass blocker is he? And he did benefit by playing alongside LT Andrew Whitworth, one of the best pass blocking tackles around. And, before we get too carried away, Livings started on a unit that paved the way for the 27th ranked running game. Bernadeau also played next to a quality LT, Jordan Gross. He began the season as the starting LG, only to be benched later in the year. Also, he lacks the bulk of Livings or Holland, who was let go. The C position seems to be a mess. Finally, I see people are placing a lot of hope in new OL coach Callahan. Maybe he can work wonders but let’s not forget the guy he replaced once coached one of the three greatest offensive lines in NFL history (90s Cowboys are up there with the 70s Raiders and late 80s Redskins). I had a ton of faith in guys like Larry Allen, Erik Williams, Mark Stepnoski, Herb Scott, Pat Donovan, John Niland. But Arkin, Nagy, Costa, Livings, Bernadeau? Not so much, not yet anyway.

      • boysteamusa

        I would have to agree with you 100% Michael. This O-Line fiasco is simply a revolving mess. Cas got it right here.

    • boysteamusa

      Dan Poran, Ive seen nothing whatsoever to suggest that Free will be solid. We should have gotten another quality OT to be ready to replace him if he starts the season the way he played last year. T. Smith, I give another year or two and I am hopeful about him, but he will be facing nothing but NFL elites nearly this entire year.

  • osnappp007

    I think lines can also be fixed by scheme. I will never forget the last time we played Chicago (the worst offense line in the League). They murdered them with sacks the first quarter and then all of a sudden blew the cowboys up with timing plays. With the talent at the skills positions there is no reason Romo should have to be waiting at all on five step drops. And if teams are sending everyone on a blitz, murray should be keeping them honest. In my opinion I think the line will be improved and i’m glad they didn’t overpay a vet. Their desicion to address the CB position instead of keeping that rd 2 draft pick will pay off more than people think. We’ll just have to wait and see if it was the right move.

    • http://yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/author/cowgirlcas/ Cowgirlcas22

      you made some valid points snapp, God Knows I hope you are right. At this point, I just don’t see any improvement at all. If anything the OL has been weakened. Callahan will need to be a miracle worker.

    • boysteamusa

      osnappp007, I would have much prefered to have anchored T. Smith with C. Nicks and let him train up some of those other young guys. We certainly will see what was accomplished on this O-Line this year with the schedule the Dallas Cowboys will have to face this season. Giants, Philly, Ravens, Pittsburg, Chicago, Skins to name a few.

  • califony

    JJ has been a mystery to me too. You would of thought by now he would be the best GM in Football, with the amount of experience he has under the belt. But JJ has been average for the last 16 years, being 1 game above 500 during this time period. If you would of known nothing about JJ past 1989 to 1995, you would have though he was the worst GM in football base on the amount of cap hits and dollars he has invested into his team. Part of JJ problem I see, is he has to many yes men working for him. JJ need to be challenge within his closest advisor especially in the player evaluation department. It seem like every couple of year the boys are drafting for the same position. It usually take 3-4 year to properly evaluate a players worth on the team, but JJ has done it in less than that amount of time. In fact prior to 2012 draft, and keep this in mind many consider this period some of the better draft in recent history, JJ has only hit on 14 of the last 26 players. 12 of those player are no longer in the league. Some of the player JJ has drafted heavily on have been the safety position and the OL position. Now go forward 4 years later, and they are still this team concern

  • californy

    think The boys must raise the expectation. There is a common belief that 2-3 player make a successful draft. I dont by into this philosophy. The only thing that will make a draft successful is Super Bowl Victories and play off wins. The boys have been absent form the playoff for a while. If you look at most Super bowl champions, they have a couple of things that they have in common the ability to protect their QB and the ability to pressure the other QB. This isn’t rocket Science everyone one know that football start in the trenches, but JJ has done bad in this department for a while. It time to change the scout who over see this department and bring better evaluator. I rather see the position coaches travel during the off season to visit some of these prospects, because who more than these coaches would know more than what type of players they need for their systems.

  • californy

    It been like 8 years since the Boys change over 3-4 defense. You would have though by now the Boys would be set in this department they are not. The boys are still lacking their NT, who can help collapse the pocket and bring pressure to the Qb, they are also missing their impact DE. The front 3 DL are key to a good 3-4 system. They are also missing their good safeties in the defense as well. This has been going on for 8 years and they still can get it right. Wade Phillips in 4 months took the 31 th worst defense and converted them to a 3-4, and to one of the best units in Football last year, so yeah, it doesn’t take 8 years to get it right. It doest take the right personnel and the right coaches to developed these player to play in these schemes. If the boys are having too much problem getting it right they should move to a defense most of these coaches and scouts can evaluate better, that would be the 4-3 defense. There has been a move away from the defense on team who use to run this in NE and The NY Jets.

    It been like 8 years since the Boys change over 3-4 defense. You would have though by now the Boys would be set in this department they are not. The boys are still lacking their NT, who can help collapse the pocket and bring pressure to the Qb, they are also missing their impact DE. The front 3 DL are key to a good 3-4 system. They are also missing their good safeties in the defense as well. This has been going on for 8 years and they still can get it right. Wade Phillips in 4 months took the 31 th worst defense and converted them to a 3-4, and to one of the best units in Football last year, so yeah, it doesn’t take 8 years to get it right. It doest take the right personnel and the right coaches to developed these player to play in these schemes. If the boys are having too much problem getting it right they should move to a defense most of these coaches and scouts can evaluate better, that would be the 4-3 defense. There has been a move away from the defense on team who use to run this in NE and The NY Jets.
    It been like 8 years since the Boys change over 3-4 defense. You would have though by now the Boys would be set in this department they are not. The boys are still lacking their NT, who can help collapse the pocket and bring pressure to the Qb, they are also missing their impact DE. The front 3 DL are key to a good 3-4 system. They are also missing their good safeties in the defense as well. This has been going on for 8 years and they still can get it right. Wade Phillips in 4 months took the 31 th worst defense and converted them to a 3-4, and to one of the best units in Football last year, so yeah, it doesn’t take 8 years to get it right. It doest take the right personnel and the right coaches to developed these player to play in these schemes. If the boys are having too much problem getting it right they should move to a defense most of these coaches and scouts can evaluate better, that would be the 4-3 defense. There has been a move away from the defense on team who use to run this in NE and The NY Jets.
    It been like 8 years since the Boys change over 3-4 defense. You would have though by now the Boys would be set in this department they are not. The boys are still lacking their NT, who can help collapse the pocket and bring pressure to the Qb, they are also missing their impact DE. The front 3 DL are key to a good 3-4 system. They are also missing their good safeties in the defense as well. This has been going on for 8 years and they still can get it right. Wade Phillips in 4 months took the 31 th worst defense and converted them to a 3-4, and to one of the best units in Football last year, so yeah, it doesn’t take 8 years to get it right. It doest take the right personnel and the right coaches to developed these player to play in these schemes. If the boys are having too much problem getting it right they should move to a defense most of these coaches and scouts can evaluate better, that would be the 4-3 defense. There has been a move away from the defense on team who use to run this in NE and The NY Jets.

  • califony

    I took the liberty to see how other team address the Ol situation. There a common belief that it take years to rebuild a line. It really doesnt if you know what you are doing. I notice the NO saints had 2 years when they got 4 of their starters, 3 became all Pro players, Bushrod 6 years ago, Nick 7 , Evans 7 and Striep 7 years ago.
    The NE patriots Are also rebuilding their Ol, just last year they added MCDonald, Soldier, Cannon, Kopa and Kyle Hix, all player with 1 year of expereince behind them, Cannon & Soldier look like potential starter very near in the coming future. They are part of the team future on the Ol. It not a good thing to cut veteran just so these player can get expereince.
    The SF 49ers in two years added Anthony Davis OT, Iupati, Guard Kilgore, McPerson and Alex Boone as player on the depth. It doesnt matter if they have a good starting player. The 49 ers are one of those team who are constantly looking at upgrading the players in the trenches.

  • californy

    It really never how you start is always how you finished. I couldn’t help to think about the boys past glory when the discussion of the OL was never a thing that concern the Cowboys. What seem kind of strange about this blog is one player led to another player who came in the same unsual way.
    The key to getting a good OL is in player evaluation. That where everything must start at. What make some of these player successful and other not.
    The first player that came to mind was Mark Tunei, who came to the boys as a undrafted Defensive tackle. What made Mark unsual was he started on the defensive side of the ball but ended his career on the Offensive of the ball. In fact at the end of Mark long career with the boys of 15 years, he finally earn his recognition in 1994 & 1995 as a Pro Bowl player. The Mark Experiment happen because of a previous player in Cowboy history had the same sucess story.

    • boysteamusa

      Californy, the jury is still out for me concerning the Cowboy scouts. I admit we made some moves this year, but there was better talent available across the board. Perhaps it remains both management and the scouts. I just know Im loosing patience with giving management the benefit of the doubt.

  • californy

    Nate newton was a undrafted player who came up by the way of the USFL. It was Landry who moved him inside to play guard. In fact Newton was one of the most decorated Dallas Offensive lineman in team history earning 5 pro bowl slection in his 10 years he played for the boys. Nate never had the body that you expected out of a Probowl player but he had the will to be that player the boys needed in the 1990′s.

  • californy

    Pat Donovan was a DE when he came to the Cowboys, Pat was one of the early sucess stories of a player changing position from the defense to the offensive side of the ball. Donovan may not of been a decorated player like the other, but he play next to many pro bowl players in his career. Pat did finally get his pro bowl recognition that he deserve. Donovan played in 5 Super bowl winning 2..

  • californy

    Hern Scott started his Football career as a FB, but he finally grew into a All pro Guard for the Dallas Cowboys earning that honor 3 times in the 1970′s.
    Blain Nye was a DT in the 1960′s but In the early 70′s was moved to Guard where he earn two probowl for the Cowboys.

  • californy

    In 1999 The boys had a player by the name of Brian water who was cut. he went on to play a decade with the KC Cheif and earn 5 probowl selection in 10 years. Brian Water got his 6th pro Bowl with the NE patriots in 2011. Yup he was a FA, and the boy passed on him again.
    The boys in 2006 selected Stephen Peterman, who was cut and was eventually pick up by Detroit. Peterman never earn a probowl birth, but what he did was start in 66 games of the 70 he was eligible to start in his career. Peterman just turn 30 years of age and still has a good part of his career left. Stephen was a 3rd draft pick by the Cowboys.

  • californy

    There was a NFL team that had some similar fate that the boys had but more severe case. The Texan lost the first 2 QB for the year. This team address those issue in the NFL draft. The signed one of the top Center in Ben Jones, who will make like 510,00 this year, Brandon Brook Guard 6’5′ 343 lbs, not signed yet but you can expect somewhere in the 450,00 range before Signing Bonus and Modek 6’6 307 lb Tackle taken in the 6th rd, has good legs 4.82 40 speed, and good upper body strenght at 30 presses at 225. Modek contract would be in the range of 414,000 per year.
    The Boy answered by signing Living Guard 6’5 322 30 year old Guard for 5 year 19 milliion dollar contract with a 6.2. SB. Then they signed Mackensy Bernardeu 6’4 308 lb Center-Guard for 4 years 11 million dollar contract he is 25 years old, played for a division 3 school.
    The boys could of gone the way of youth had they chosen to take that route but they went the more expensive rate. The net saving on these 3 player vs what Dallas did in the FA market was 20 million over the duration of the contract.

    • boysteamusa

      points well made Californy! That Minnesota game in the playoffs was brutal. We even could have gotten 1 quality vet in FA and still have gotten Claiborne, and a 3rd rd pick O-Line instead of Crawford and I would have been extremely pleased with this draft. What you offered here I would have welcomed as well. I wanted this secondary to improve badly including firing Campo which we got. I also wanted Brookins and James gone which we got. Yet I still cannot celebrate as I would like because they really overlooked the OL seriously. If one of those rookies or scrub vets they just signed dont show something this year, we will have to make management uncomfortable for failing to act.

      • http://yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/author/cowgirlcas/ Cowgirlcas22

        trust me, these guys wont work out. I talked to someone inside valley ranch that told me Smith is really struggling at LT and it will be a long slow process for him.

        • boysteamusa

          thats really bad news! :(

  • boysteamusa

    Hindsight tells me Gurode, Holland, and even Flozell with his penalties should have remained while they worked to get younger. I certainly understand getting younger, but I heard JJ say they got lighter as well? What was that about! That explains getting pushed into Romo’s lap, not to mention the experience factor you brought out in this article.
    No military mindset would leave its most important asset so unprotected either. See the President or Fort Knox. This is not just JJ being content with what they did in free agency, but Stephen and the rest of management seems to equally agree and should be blamed as well. We witnessed this offseason the chance to do something special on the O-Line as well as the secondary and LB corp. C. Nicks, Grubbs, not to mention what was available to us in the draft. We witnessed first hand them looking over quality on the O-Line.
    I cant say the team wont be better, because it will be just as will every other team in the NFC EAST, yet its beyond a dangerous move to have left the O-Line in such shambles. Considering Romo already suffered some serious injuries and Kitna chose to not come back, I dont know if anything will drive home the importance of the O-Line to our management.

    • http://yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/author/cowgirlcas/ Cowgirlcas22

      Excellent points boysteam. To think we don’t have 1 OL on this team thats even in the same league as any one of them on that 90′s team. Poor Romo. Having to live in the shadow of a QB that had that great OL and EmmItt too.

  • boysteamusa

    I notice Pittsburg took serious addressing their OL this season. They say T. Smith is promising, but the fact that NONE of our O-Lineman are considered in the top half of the league on their respective positions is frightening to say the least. I dont understand it.

    • http://yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/author/cowgirlcas/ Cowgirlcas22

      None of our OL even crack the top 50. Holland came in at 16th last yr. Livings was 56th and Bernadeu like 60. Ya well that’s JJ for you. Once again trying to shop at the thrift store for the trenches, Pitt got 2 players I mocked for the Cowboys, Ta’Amu and DeCastro. They understand it all starts in the trenches. JJ will never get it. Linemen don’t sell jerseys, overpaid guys in skill positions do.

      • boysteamusa

        And that’s what JJ needs to get away from. Trying to put on a show with just a few big name players like Romo and Ware. The whole team needs to be put together solid.

        • californy

          I said it many time, I just say it again. JJ is only interested in making a dollars. OL dont sell T shirst and jersey, but position like WR & CB do.

  • boysteamusa

    I agree with you on the D-Line specifically NT too Californy

    • http://yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/author/cowgirlcas/ Cowgirlcas22

      this team will get dominated at the line of scrimmage again this year.

  • californy

    I sometime believe JJ does try, he is just a bad evaluator of NFL talent. A pick like Arkin should produce a starter at this spot. JJ took the wrong player once again. Then JJ tries to correct the OL in FA, and then get a OL with Hip and health issues. Arkin is such a poor draft selection that he is losing his spot to another injured Guard in Leary. My question is this, is he worth the snaps you are going to give him, when he has this health issue seem to scare most NFL team away. The boys do have other option on board. They have Harland Gun and a player in Adcock who can slide over from the tackle position, should they need him too.

  • californy

    The say a house with a poor foundation will not be able to stand up to the weather. The same concept applies to a Offensive line and defensive line. The offensive line must protect the most important element in the game the quarterback who for most part is the heart of the team. On the defesive side of the the ball the defense must contain and protect it territory, the goal line at all cost.

  • californy

    Larry Allen look like one of those sturdy wall this team needs to build a good foundation. He was one big nasty guy, a brawler. A guy who this team could use right now.

  • Die hard Cowboy

    You are right about Jerry’s lack of interest in linemen. He loves star players such as Romo,Austin,Bryant,Witten, and Jones. Offensive linemen are too dull. But Garret is trying to rectify that problem.

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