There’s a rumor floating around Valley Ranch that Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett may be growing a spine. After months of making poor decisions and not taking responsibility for them, Garrett may finally do something halfway courageous in an effort to make this team somewhat respectable.
Put simply, the Cowboys’ offensive line has been absolutely awful this year. Dallas quarterback Tony Romo has been under constant pressure, which has definitely contributed to his eight sacks and eight interceptions, the latter of which is tied for second-most in the NFL.
If cowboys offensive line struggles again, expect changes for Carolina.
— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) October 11, 2012
The tweet above reflects the aforementioned rumor that Garrett may finally make some changes on the offensive line, albeit it these changes are way overdue. The Cowboys have a tough task ahead of them on the road against the 4-1 Baltimore Ravens and it sounds like Garrett may use this game as a last chance, of sorts, for some of his offensive lineman that are under-achieving.
Overpaid right tackle Doug Free is among the most penalized players in the league this year and his blocking has been subpar at best this season. The only other option the Cowboys have there is Jeremy Parnell, but you have to commend Garrett if he actually does make that switch. At least it will send a message to Free and the rest of the team that this poor play is unacceptable.
The Cowboys’ two off-season acquisitions, guards Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau, haven’t exactly been stellar, either. Livings has been the better of the two, but he certainly hasn’t lived up to his $18.7 million contract. Bernadeau hasn’t earned a dime of his $11 million deal and needs to be benched.
Second-year pro David Arkin certainly couldn’t do any worse than Bernadeau and veteran Derrick Dockery is itching for playing time, so one could only assume he would make the most of any opportunity, especially after his strong performance last season.
Fortunately for Dallas, Ryan Cook was forced into action after an injury to Phil Costa. The latter never should have been a starter in the first place, but Garrett wasn’t smart enough to figure that out, even with his Princeton education. Cook hasn’t been an All-Pro, but he’s certainly been better than Costa. Besides, the Cowboys don’t have any other options at center until Kevin Kowalski is activated off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
The Cowboys’ offensive line needs help, but that’s never been a secret. Team owner Jerry Jones proved his incompetence as a general manager when he signed Livings and Bernadeau to “fortify the Cowboys’ offensive line” over the summer and now Dallas is reaping the “benefits.” At least Garrett is finally considering doing something about it. Don’t hold your breath, though.