The Time Has Come for the Dallas Cowboys to Start Brian Waters
If there is one glaring weakness along the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive line, it is the right guard.
Last season the Cowboys signed guard Mackenzy Bernadeau to a four-year $11.5 million contract, in hopes that he would develop into a serviceable player. One year into that contract; however, Bernadeau has continued to struggle mightily.
Unfortunately for the Cowboys, who are already facing serious cap problems at the end of the 2013 season, cutting Bernadeau right now would cost the team $3,972,499 million in dead money. So, I don’t expect the Cowboys to part ways with Bernadeau any time soon.
I don’t know if you watched the Cowboys’ Week 1 matchup against the New York Giants, but in that game Bernadeau was flat out horrible. In fact, Bernadeau graded out as Pro Football Focus’s fifth worst rated guard with a -5.0 grade following that performance.
In that game, PFF gave Bernadeau a -2.9 grade in pass blocking after allowing a sack, two quarterback hits and two quarterback hurries. He didn’t do much better at run blocking, earning a -2.4 grade in that category.
As you may have heard, the Cowboys signed six-time Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters on Sept. 3, before the start of the regular season. It’s been about two weeks since that day and Waters has already won most of his teammates and coaching staff over with his work ethic.
At this point, the Cowboys will try to work Waters into the offense slowly because he’s still trying to get adjusted to the offense and the terminology, and he’s not exactly a spring chicken anymore at the ripe age of 36, but even then, I can’t imagine that Waters will be anywhere near as bad as Bernadeau has been; If you ask me, the time to insert Waters into the starting lineup is now.
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