With the recent upgrading of players the Dallas Cowboys were expected to dominate the field in yesterday’s preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders. Instead of efficiently scoring, the Cowboy’s offense struggled to reach the end zone.Although, it is still way too early in the season to foreshadow future performances, it does not mean that these preseason games should be taken lightly.
After waiting months to finally watch America’s Team battle it out on the field the amped anticipation gradually turned into disappointment as the first few plays unfolded. The first team offense is suppose to set the elite example, yet their offensive line did not have any blocking ability in yesterday’s game. It was unsettling to see Tony Romo under severe pressure and unprotected for a large majority of his time on the field. It was especially unsettling to witness Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Tom Kelly sack Tony Romo. It is obvious that the struggles of the offensive line were very alarming and should be quickly addressed. On a positive note, Jason Garret mentioned last week that Andre Gurode was on a list of veteran lineman that may be brought in for a workout. This workout may potentially help the offensive line get back on track.
Yes it was obvious the offense struggled in the opening game last night, but the Cowboys run defense also looked less than impressive and did not perform as the usually do. The Raiders running back Darren McFadden was having his way with defense in the opening drive. This area should be a little less of a concern due to the fact that the defense was addressed during the offseason with free agency and the draft. Unlike the lack of talent you see on the interior of the offensive line; the defense still has the talent to be dominate against the run.
On the upside, all the hype surrounding Andre Holmes has not disappointed. This Monday, Andre Holmes made a couple of plays with the second team and was targeted by Kyle Orton Multiple times. Jason Garret should give Andre Holmes more looks with the first team offense if he continues to make more successful plays. Holmes finished the night with 3 catches for 40 yards that’s pretty good considering he was the player with the most catches and yards.
All in all, this is the first preseason game so there is no need for drastic changes, but the offensive line is something the Dallas Cowboys should consider addressing if it doesn’t improve. Finally, Tony Romo needs time in the pocket to make plays; he can’t continue to work behind a mediocre offensive line.