Some good news for the Dallas Cowboys offensive line

Joe Looney Dallas cowboys (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Joe Looney Dallas cowboys (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys banged up offensive line has something to celebrate this season

It’s safe to say, the Dallas Cowboys offensive line has not lived up to its billing as one of the top units in the league. Injuries and regression have befallen the group and not a single member has performed anywhere near expectations.

With right tackle La’el Collins still on IR and left tackle Tyron Smith possibly out as well, Dallas may be forced to lean on their undrafted reserve linemen, Terence Steele and Brandon Knight, to bookend the O-line once again. But while struggles are expected, a solution may be found: Holding.

As they say in NASCAR, “If you don’t cheat you ain’t tryin.” It’s time the Dallas Cowboys adopt that mantra for their offensive line. That’s because the NFL isn’t calling offensive holding penalties like they used to and Dallas can get away with more than they ever could be before.

Where’s the penalties?

We see it every year. The NFL picks and chooses which penalties to call and which to blatantly overlook. This year it seems to be offensive holding calls they are ignoring. Unless the offence is clear and obvious, they aren’t going to call it.

In fact, with the exception of that infamous Jalen Ramsey flop, offensive penalties as a whole are down. Per NFL Research, through the first two weeks of the season there have only been 189 penalties. That makes this the least offensively penalized year since the expansion.

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That’s terrible news for teams built on defense but great news for the offensively minded Dallas Cowboys. It also explains why the Dallas pass rushers have struggled a bit this season – they’re getting held. It’s not just the offensive line replacements on the edge struggling, but it’s also Connor Williams and Joe Looney inside who look outclassed. Knowing what we know today, there’s no reason not to hold for this Dallas O-line.

I mean, if an umpire is calling strikes three inches outside of the strike zone, you’re going to adjust the way you pitch, right? A smart pitcher will adapt to how the game is called. He’s not going to just stick to the old parameters or he’s putting himself at a disadvantage.

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The Dallas Cowboys would be wise to take notice of what the refs are calling and more importantly – what they’re not calling. Because they just received great news at an area of particular concern.

  • Published on 09/24/2020 at 11:31 AM
  • Last updated at 09/24/2020 at 09:28 AM