The Dallas Cowboys must improve in this area next season

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 14: Tyron Smith #77 of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 14: Tyron Smith #77 of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

The 2019 Dallas Cowboys were a major disappointment and missed the playoffs. Hopefully, they can right their wrongs and play championship football.

As you may remember, the Dallas Cowboys started the 2019 season on a three-game winning streak launching hope and exceptions through the roof. After destroying the New York Giants, Washington Redskins, and Miami Dolphins in consecutive weeks, Dallas looked as if they were would be the team headed to Miami this weekend to play in the Super Bowl.

The Dallas Cowboys showed us right away they were a high scoring team. Dak Prescott also proved that he could throw laser like touchdown passes all over the field and was a true franchise quarterback. Even first-year offensive coordinator Kellen Moore appeared to be the real deal with his offensive schemes and pre-snap motion.

But after facing stiffer competition, combined with some inept coaching,, the Cowboys’ Super Bowl aspirations sank faster than the Titanic, and when all was said and done, this talented ultra-talented team finished with an 8-8 record.

From coaching to bad schemes, there are several reasons why the Cowboys didn’t make the playoffs-despite a gifted roster of players on both sides of the ball. And there is one area in particular the Cowboys must improve on if they want to win more than an NFC East title.

The Dallas Cowboys All Pro Offensive Line

Dallas’ offensive line was well-represented in the Pro Bowl with Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin all earning their Pro Bowl bids. It’s a tradition to see Smith, Frederick, and Martin go to the Pro Bowl each and every season. This elite unit has a combined 18 Pro Bowl appearances between them. That’s beyond a good thing.

Go ahead and add Dallas’ other offensive lineman-La’el Collins– to the mix. He was arguably better than all of them. The thing is, on paper Dallas is supposed to have the best offensive line in the league. However, that’s not the case in reality.

Dallas’ offensive line may have been lauded, but they struggled consistently. There were times last season it played like a shell of itself and couldn’t open up holes even if they held defensive opponents at gunpoint. You saw the games just like l did and wondered why fellow Pro Bowler Ezekiel Elliott was either stopped in the backfield, at the line of scrimmage, or only gained a few yards.

At times Zeke looked like he had lost a lot of speed, but when you look at the film, opposing defensive linemen simply beat Dallas’ offensive linemen to the punch. 

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Whenever Dallas played stronger opponents, Dallas’ Pro Bowl offensive line found themselves manhandled for the majority of the game. Against New Orleans there were no gaping holes for Zeke to run through and the offense only tallied 45 rushing yards.

Even in games against lesser competition (Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears) Dallas’ offensive line struggled and Zeke ran for 75 and 82 yards respectively. Simply put, Dallas’ offensive line was supposed to dominate and pave the way for their bell cow to win the game.

This one ain’t on former head coach Jason Garrett. There are times when players have to step up and play. Period.

Dallas still has one of the best offensive lines in the league, but last season it didn’t live up to its billing and that hurt the team in the long run. With a new coaching staff in town, expect Dallas’ offensive line to play to its All Pro potential and dominate each and every Sunday.

Dallas’ offensive line only allowed 23 sacks compared to 56 in 2018. Now that’s really impressive-something to continue moving forward.

I know improvement and perennial Pro Bowl bids don’t belong in the same sentence, but it does belong whenever the Pro Bowlers don’t live up to its full potential. If Dallas’ offensive line can get three Pro Bowl bids NOT PLAYING TO ITS FULL POTENTIAL, then imagine what they can accomplish when it does!

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  • Published on 01/30/2020 at 13:30 PM
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