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Cowboys Could Field Second-Youngest O-Line In NFL


The Cowboys are going to have one of the youngest offensive lines in the league in 2014.

Re-signing Spencer and a free agent guard -- pre-draft 'pivots'


Bleacher Report says the Cowboys are headed for 'salary cap hell' in 2013. While this might be a slight exaggeration to get clicks from annoyed Cowboy fans, it's certainly true if Dallas keeps restructuring contracts like those of Brandon Carr, Demarcus Ware, Miles Austin and other current stars forward. In that case, this team could find itself almost as crippled in adding talent (minus trading away two first rounders for Joey Galloway) as Dave Campo's doomed 2000-2002 teams. With that said, my position should be clear: re-signing Anthony Spencer would be a mistake when looking at the long term prospects of this team. So would, IMO, keeping Doug Free. It's time to see whether Jeremy Parnell can hack it as a starter in this league or is best kept for a reasonable salary as a swing tackle and nothing more. Bringing in a big money free agent to play right guard or tackle makes little sense to me, unless this team plans to let a big time free agent like Tyron Smith, Dez Bryant, Sean Lee or Mo Claiborne walk when their rookie deals expire. Keeping all of our top draft picks of recent years for this team's Super Bowl run in 2014 or 2015 (when Romo might want to go out on top like Elway, or the Boys find a more mobile passer in the RG3/Kaepernick mold as a successor) requires not getting stuck on the urgent needs of 2013. And BTB seems to have a clear consensus on what the top positions of need are, aside from maybe the guard positions: right tackle, pass rusher, running back and safety. Clearly by putting safety last I'm counting on Matt Johnson or former New England Patriot Sterling Moore to step up and claim if not one of the starting positions than the critical 3rd safety job in 4-2 packages. Since this is such a deep safety class I think a guy like Clemson's Rashard Hall (whose physical stats resemble a Sensabaugh clone) or even Kansas' Bradley McDougald in the 6th round could come in and be a solid addition to our rotation, with Eric Frampton beating out Danny McCray for the final special teams gunner safety spot. Is there any way to clear enough room to resign Spencer? If we could, or Spencer takes a very team friendly deal in order to remain the bookend with Ware, this team will be much more competitive in 2013, because we'll be able to address tackle, nose tackle, running back and safety (not necessarily in that order) even with just 6 picks on draft day. (Personally I think Brian Price and Rob Callaway are going to surprise people, giving us a lot more 'beef' up front to run the 4-3 than folks think we have in house). We would also be able to draft a guy like Quanterus Smith (or another small school project) in the 6th, have Alex Albright hold down the fort as our third 4-3DE/backup SAM LB, and hope Quanterus will be ready to see some quality snaps by the end of the 2013 season after coming back from ACL surgery. With that all said, I think it's crucial for the Cowboys to address guard and center -- not necessarily with high draft picks, but through free agency both before and after the draft (I have my eye on Louisville center Mario Benavides, who could go undrafted due to reported knee problems like our own Ronald Leary, and Cornell tackle/likely center conversion project J.C. Tretter). Given that the Cowboys have already demonstrated they'll pick up players from the CFL's Hamilton Tiger Cats, I only think it's fair that they aggressively move to sign TigerCats OG Peter Dyakowski. The former LSU star has competed on 'Canada's Smartest Person' show and will be 29 this spring. Dyakowski could replace Cook in the game day C/G role while freeing Kevin Kowalski to focus only on replacing Costa at center, with David Arkin as the third string center (I don't see Bernie being moved to center unless he has a whole offseason to practice the position). But where I'm confused is over how much cap room the Cowboys can clear out even prior to the CFL signing period in early February, right after the Super Bowl. What do you think BTBers? Can we cut Doug Free and designate him a June 1st cut and restructure enough contracts this month to make it happen? http://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2012/12/12/3760426/players-for-cowboys-to-look-at-north-of-the-border

Cowboys Draft 2009: Is O-line the Most Pressing Need?


The Dallas Cowboys may address the offensive line early in this year's draft.

Random Wednesday Cowboys Notes


-- Garrett Would Give His Denver D to Dom: From Michael Lombardi, at the National Football Post: I know if Jason Garrett gets the head coaching job in Denver, he wants Dom Capers of the...

Cowboys Autopsies: Offensive Line


The Cowboys need to find one, and preferably two quality offensive linemen this spring to bolster their talented, but mistake-prone starting line.

Film Review: Dallas Cowboys in the trenches (offense)


The Dallas Cowboys won easily last week, but how much of an impact did their offensive line have? Blogging The Boys takes a deeper look.

SportingNews-Focus on NFC offensive lines (Cowboys #1)


1. Cowboys Three Pro Bowlers -- LT Flozell Adams, RG Leonard Davis and C Andre Gurode -- pave the way for one of the league's most prolific offenses. The short-yardage running could be better, but that's nit-picking.


2008 Offensive Line Rankings & Analysis

Ultimate Fantasy Football Strategy has 2008 Offensive Line Rankings & Analysis and places Dallas in the second tier with a "Good" ranking. Here's the 2008 outlook: 2008 Outlook: The Cowboys...

Cowboys sign 2 O-Linemen: Sure seemed obvious at the Cowboys recent rookie mini-camp there was a...


Cowboys sign 2 O-Linemen: Sure seemed obvious at the Cowboys recent rookie mini-camp there was a significant need for more offensive linemen when offensive line coach Hudson Houck only had one guy to work with. So the Cowboys addressed that issue on Wednesday by signing two more big bodies, bringing the total of offensive linemen on the squad to 13. The Cowboys signed three-year veteran tackle Cory Lekkerkerker and first-year guard Adam Stenavich. Lekkerkerker spent his first two seasons with the San Diego Chargers and the 2007 season with the Miami Dolphins. He originally signed with the Chargers as a rookie free agent following the 2005 NFL Draft, spending the first eight weeks of the season on the practice squad and the second half on the 53-man roster without ever playing. He then played in 15 games with the Chargers in 2006 season and then 11 games with Miami this past season, starting two. Stenavich spent the 2006 season on the Green Bay Packers' practice squad. He was allocated to NFL Europe in the spring of 2007 and played with the Amsterdam Admirals. Stenavich was released prior to the start of the 2007 season and spent the season out of football. He originally signed with the Carolina Panthers following the 2006 NFL Draft as a rookie free agent, was released by the Panthers after training camp and immediately signed with the Packers.

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Offensive Line Grades

In these first three games of the season, the O-line has gotten rave reviews and good "grades" from Wade. I'm just curious, are these grades based solely on the outcome of the play, or are they...

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