Nov 21, 2009; Green Bay, WI, USA; Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode (65) readies for a play during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Cowboys 17-7. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Arkin – Cowboys O-line Fail 1st Test


I just finished watching the Cowboys first pre-season game of 2012 and from the horrible play on the field, it was evident that the Dallas Cowboys are still on summer vacation. I know it was only the 1st pre-season game, but let’s not fool ourselves, this Offensive line is still a very big problem area for this team and needs to be addressed immediately.                               I expected OG David Arkin and the interior line to have some issues and be a little out of sync, but that effort and lack of cohesion was inexcusable.   The Cowboys need to make a move tonight and sign a veteran center and then reshuffle the line.  Start #78 Jermey Parnell at right tackle, move #68 Doug Free back to right guard to help Parnell and pull where he was at his best in 2010, sign and start center Andre Gurode, start #71 Nate Livings at left guard, and naturally keep future Pro Bowler #77 Tyron Smith at left tackle.  Parnell has good size and was the only bright spot I saw on the O-line all night.  Starting him at tackle and moving Free back inside will help solidify this out of sync O-line before it is too late.  We want tonight to be remembered as just a bad night, and not a sign of another lost season in Big D with Tony Romo lying on his back again watching the NY Giants defense celebrate another NFC east title.

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  • Todd Toombs

    Jerry and his 7 dwarfs just don’t get it. They actually think this collection of misfits excluding Smith is going to be just fine. WTH? Run for your life Tony!

  • trey

    Wow, overreact much? The OL performance is COMPLETELY excusable because that wont be the OL we start the season off. Bernardeau and Livings will start at the guards and the unit will be greatly upgraded. Center is a problem, I agree, but hopefully the rest of the line can mitigate that issue.

    • ctcowboy1968

      There’s only 3 weeks till we play the giants on national TV. The giants DL is much better than the Raiders DL. Awful is what our OL was. None of the skill players can do anything with this awful OL. With 3 games in three weeks and days off, there is not much practice time left.

  • californy

    Arkin is just like Costa, doesnt have the streghth to hold up against NFL players. They are no better than a 2rd string players. Costus is more like Practices squad material. Arkin play at Center was what i expected out of him, Bernardeu play is what I expected out of him. I do listen to the camp report and watch camp scrimmages. The OL has problem with line stunts and this game showed us what the camp report has shown us also. You are going to get what you get from this group. There no upside to this group right now, despite what JJ want you to believe in. Time will tell if JJ is the genius at GM , or that I am just another wantabe GM.

  • Eric

    Just wondering, but since when did Doug Free play guard? He hasn’t, except as maybe a backup role. His natural position is definately tackle. Like @d6939f347b3e553327595249f394197f:disqus said, we haven’t even seen our starting offensive line yet (besides our tackles, who looked exceptional). Livings is still out w/ the hamstring injury. Bernadeau is just recovering from his knee surgery. And Costa’s down w/ a back injury. Do I expect much from Costa at center? No, but I definately didn’t expect anything from Arkin, a guard. If any of you have played offensive line like I have, you have to realize it is SO much harder to play Center than any other position on the line. You have to deal with the biggest and strongest D-linemen and you have to snap milliseconds before that. It takes a great ammount of practice and skill to play the position, and Arkin obviously didn’t have the practice time he needs to be good. He did learn to snap well in a week though, and he did what he could to make sure the quarterback got the ball, which is much more important for a center than blocking. You could be Carl Nicks when it comes to blocking, yet if you can’t snap you’re going to lose yards every play. If the Cowboys have Arkin continue playing center, he will get better as he picks up the timing for it. Hopefully that won’t be necessary though.