Brewster to Start at Right Tackle - Season Hangs in the Balance

No one loves hyperbole than me (and soon it shall be proven). In Saturday’s pre-season game 2nd year offensive lineman Robert Brewster has been tapped to start on the right side. In the previous outing, Brewster played left tackle against the Oakland Raiders backups. He won some battles, lost some battles, but he mostly out of place on the field. Brewster seemingly has some power and talent, but his feet appear to be all over the place. Contrasted to the best tackles in the sport, his base (lower body) simply has too much movement and not enough space between his feet. This can improve over time, but with live bullets being fired at Tony Romo and company on Saturday, time is not a commodity available to the Cowboys. In two consecutive plays, injuries could occur to Felix Jones and Romo. It would be 2008 all over again, but worse since they were injured in a meaningless exhibition.

I’m not a one to rain down gloom and doom, but if I were given the choice I would have the first team offense take a knee for the entire first half. Especially since the forecast for San Diego on Saturday is a 45% chance of gloom and scattered doom showers.

It’s quite possible that Brewster will take to right tackle like a duck to water. It’s possible that in the Robert Brewster movie, Colombo will play the role of Wally Pipp and Brewster the role of a terminally ill superstar. (Wally Pipp was the Yankee 1st baseman from 1915 to 1925; he had a headache one afternoon & took the day off; Lou Gherig replaced him and the rest is incredibly boring baseball history.)

For a half of football, an inexperienced right tackle can avoid being exposed by a competent offensive coordinator. Chip with the tight end and running backs. Keep the back into block on the right side. My concern is that while Jason Garrett has assumed the title of genius, it only give hims the confidence to make stupid decisions (such as throw 80% of the time with Brad Johnson).

Temporary injuries like Colombo’s can be good. They give the younger players an opportunity to prove themselves. If not for Roy Williams sitting out the Chiefs game in 2009, Miles Austin may have never become a starter.  What it all comes down to is that someone needs to protect Romo.  Whether it’s Brewster by force or Garrett by scheme, Romo should not touch the ground (except to kneel the ball dead).

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Tags: Brad Johnson Felix Jones Jason Garrett Lou Gherig Marc Colombo Miles Austin Oakland Raiders Robert Brewster Roy Williams San Diego Chargers Tony Romo Wally Pipp

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