The Dallas Cowboys will undoubtedly have to address the interior of the offensive line – again – in 2013.
Jerry Jones and the Cowboys’ staff were hoping that the off-season acquisitions of Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings would provide the team with solid starters at both guard spots. However, that was not the case. In fact, I feel the Cowboys are right back to square one, as far as the offensive line is concerned.
Doug Free‘s regression has been the most concerning, though. No one could have predicted the Cowboys could be in search of four starting offensive linemen in the 2013.
Phil Costa, who I actually like, is not the answer at center, and neither is his replacement Ryan Cook. One thing that was surprising to me was the play of Bernadeau at center. I don’t know that he’s the answer, but he looked good and played well at center.
I few years back the Cowboys struck gold when failed guard Andre Gurode took over as the team’s starting center. The move saved Gurode’s career and gave the Cowboys a starting center that went to five Pro Bowls. Not saying that Bernadeau will or can be anything like Gurode, but if the Cowboys decide that he’s a better center than he is a guard, let’s hope he does.
Assuming the Cowboys go with Bernadeau at center means they will still need two guards; Livings cannot and should not be back next season.
And, if it were possible I’d take Alabama’s center Barrett Jones and guard Anthony Steen with my top-three picks in the draft. Now, I know it won’t happen, not because it’s not possible, but because as Jones has shown us before he doesn’t value the guys in the trenches, especially if there’s a controversial pick to be made.
Would it surprise you if he takes Landry Jones in the first or second round?
Didn’t think so.