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Paul Alexander wrote a book and he grades offensive linemen by how they squeeze ketchup

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The new Cowboys offensive line coach is a wonder.

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Excitement concerning the Dallas Cowboys offensive line was rejuvenated this offseason when the team drafted Connor Williams in the second round.

Connor would surely help the unit get back to being the best in the NFL, at least that was the thought most had. Not that this isn’t true, but Connor is the second big-time piece to land with the men up front this offseason.

Dallas exchanged offensive line coaches with the Cincinnati Bengals, Frank Pollack for Paul Alexander. It wasn’t a literal trade, just one that happened out of coincidence. Neat.

You know what else is neat, though? Paul Alexander. I’m literally talking about Paul Alexander the human being. CowboysCast’s Bobby Belt found a goldmine of nuggets on Wednesday evening.

You read that right. Paul Alexander wrote a book. Seriously. You can buy it right here.

Perform is a look into the mind of one of the NFL’s more fascinating figures, and if you don’t believe me you need to understand how he evaluates players based off of how they use a ketchup bottle. Yes, a ketchup bottle.

How confident are we collectively that Tyron Smith, the aforementioned Connor Williams, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, La’el Collins and co. all know how to use a ketchup bottle? Fairly? Moderately? I didn’t know what Alexander teaches right there, that rules me out of swing tackle consideration.

Now, before you get crazy and think this is a literal thing, like if you don’t know the trick about the placement of “57” on a Heinz bottle means you can’t play offensive line, our friend Birddog explains:

Welcome to the most unique offensive line coach the Dallas Cowboys have ever had.