The Dallas Cowboys are in a state of denial. Anyone that thinks they can compete with this offensive line are also in denial. This is tragic. The elephant in the room, is still, the elephant in the room. Awkward. Jul 23, 2013; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys players stretch during training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports.

Dallas Cowboys O-Line: And Then The Mountains Moved


The Dallas Cowboys are in a state of denial. Anyone that thinks they can compete with this offensive line are also in denial.

This is tragic. The elephant in the room, is still, the elephant in the room. Awkward.

Last year, the team averaged 79.1 rushing yards per game, which landed them at number 31 in the league. Opponents? 125.2 yards. Not acceptable. In order for this team to have any legitimate shot of competing, they must clean up this spill called the offensive line.

You can go ahead and forget about Dez Bryant’s progression. All the hard work he has put in? Wasted. Because Tony Romo will not deliver if he can’t even get to his first read. And if things today remain as it did last year, Romo will still have to worry about getting the snap down correctly.

This is beyond tragic; it’s elementary.

I recently sat down to listen to The Landry Hat Podcast. I got half-way through and hit pause. I had enough. And it wasn’t because our boy Artie Cappello (Senior Writer, TLH) couldn’t handle his business. He did a great job reporting. So did other staff members from this site.

But when you hear that the offensive line got pushed around like a preschooler in this man’s game, I have to admit, I’d rather listen to someone scratch their nails on a chalkboard. Lovely. Welcome to training camp.

This was supposed to be fixed. Eliminated. Gone. In the past. But all I hear is the same. And when we hear the same, we see the same magic numbers — 8-8.

And then of course, here comes the blame on Tony Romo. His contract will be scrutinized. His age will be brought up. A highlight reel — labeled resume — with all of his mistakes will be complied on DVD and Blu-Ray. It will show up on youtube.com. And it will also be available at Wal-Mart.

Look, the fact is management has neglected the greatest need. Make no mistake about this. The offensive line needed help then, and still needs help now. Jerry Jones selected Travis Frederick, clapped his hands, injected himself with Botox, and went to sleep.

End of story.

If he thinks his Cinderella (Tony Romo) can dance around the field for the reminder of his career then, well, frankly he is dreaming.

The neglect of the offensive line is showing. Wake up. Mountains aren’t suppose to move!

Jerry Jones has paid his quarterback, but forgot to sign him up for life insurance. This is a betrayal. This is like when Hulk Hogan went all nWo on us and cashed in on it.

This training camp, join me in rooting for the offensive line. Your donations matter. Your weekly contributions of positive cheering will make sure that these over-size men serve their purpose: stand strong while other over-size men try to kill Tony Romo.

Your cheers matter. Every decibel counts.

The Dallas Cowboys need the protection to hold up. The team’s fate depends on the mountains. I guarantee it.

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  • Artie C

    While in Oxnard, Michael, my nephew and I went to Olive Garden and were told that an unexpected large party was wrapping up and we would have a long wait. I told my nephew it may be Cowboys players. He said if its Romo keeping him from eating, he’d tackle him for his breadsticks. I said he’s probably got his offensive line with him. To which he shot back, ‘they wouldn’t know I was there til they pick Romo off the ground, like always’ . Keep in mind, my nephew is a self described computer geek that doesn’t really follow football and likes Green Bay.

  • KOWBOYKRAZY

    BEFORE I START RIPPING THIS ARTICLE & WRITER, LET ME THANK STEVE FOR A WONDERFUL RECAP OF THE SCRIMMAGE. I TRULY ENJOYED IT. NOW…

    MICHAEL,

    YOU EXPRESS YOUR OPINION AND ARE ENTITLED TO DO SO. AS A COWBOYS FAN, I AM AWARE OF THEIR SHORT-COMINGS, BUT I BELIEVE, AS A FAN, THAT THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY THAT SOME OF OUR YOUNG KIDS MAY IMPROVE TO THE POINT OF SURPRISING US. APPARENTLY, YOU DO NOT SHARE THE SAME OPINION.

    OK, PERHAPS YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD THAT THE DEFENSE USUALLY STARTS OUT AHEAD OF THE OFFENSE. NEVERTHELESS, WE ALL REALIZE THE OLINE NEEDED HELP. IT WAS THE COWBOYS COACHING STAFF THAT FELT THAT NONE OF THE FREE AGENTS WERE SUPERIOR TO FREE (OVER HIS LAST 5 GAMES OF 2012)

    SO THE ANSWER HOPEFULLY WOULD COME FROM THE DRAFT. YOU ARE AWARE OF THE UNPRECEDENTED RUN ON THE OFFENSIVE LINEMEN AT THE TOP OF THE DRAFT.

    SO WHO WERE YOU GOING TO SELECT IN THE DRAFT TO CORRECT THE OLINE? BELOW IS A LIST OF THE OFFENSIVE LINEMEN TAKEN IN THE 1ST FOUR ROUNDS AND WHERE THE COWBOYS HAD THEM GRADED:

    #19 – JUSTIN PUGH OT – SECOND ROUND GRADE

    # 20 = KYLE LONG OG – 3RD ROUND GRADE

    #42 – MENELIK WATSON OT – 3RD ROUND GRADE

    #65 – LARRY WARFORD OG – NOT ON BOARD

    #72 – BRIAN WINTERS OG – 4TH ROUND GRADE

    #75 – TERRON ARMSTEAD OT – NOT ON BOARD

    #77 – DALLAS THOMAS OT – 4TH ROUND GRADE

    #86 – HUGH THORNTON OG – NOT ON BOARD

    #89 – BRENNAN WILLIAMS OT – 5TH ROUND GRADE

    #107 – BRIAN SCHWENKE OC – 5TH ROUND GRADE

    #108 – EDMUND BAKHTIARI OT – 4TH ROUND GRADE

    #113 – BARRETT JONES OG – NOT ON BOARD

    #116 – EARL WATFORD OG – 5TH ROUND GRADE

    #121 -KHALED HOLMES OC – 4TH ROUND GRADE

    #122- JC TRETTER OT – NOT ON BOARD

    WHILE I DID NOT AGREE WITH ESCOBAR IN THE 2ND ROUND NOR WILLIAMS IN THE THIRD, AFTER SEEING THE COWBOYS DRAFT BOARD I UNDERSTAND THEIR REASONING. THOSE PLAYERS CHOSEN WERE CLOSE TO THE HIGHEST RATED PLAYERS LEFT ON THEIR BOARD AT THE TIME THEY WERE SELECTING.

    IF THE COWBOYS HAD TAKEN ANY OF THESE OFFENSIVE LINEMEN, ESPECIALLY AFTER THEIR BOARD CAME OUT, I AM SURE YOU WOULD HAVE CRUCIFIED JERRY FOR NOT FOLLOWING HIS SCOUT’S BOARD OR OVER-REACHING. WRITTEN LIKE A CLOSET REDSKINS FAN. PATHETIC!

    WHAT IS A PENYATA?

  • Keith Ranson

    You Know Something,It’s True That The OL Has Problems, Staying Healthy being One of Them; However The one Problem That NOBODY In Our Media seems Willing To Address Is The Fact That NFL OFFICIATING IS TOTALLY OUT OF CONTROL!!! Prime Example: 2011 In New England, The Cowboys Were Leading The Patriots With Under 5 Minutes To Go In The 4th Quarter, And Needed One more first Down to Seal the Game; 3rd Down; A Pats Lineman CLEARLY JUMPS OFFSIDES,AND WAS IN OUR BACKFIELD BEFORE THE BALL MOVED; And Who Do The IDIOT REFS Throw The Flag on? TYRON SMITH!!! See What I Mean? a STUPID BULLSHIT PENALTY CALL COST US THAT WIN!! That Has Been Happening For The Last 20 Years!! Stupid-Ass Paul Tagilabue Let this Happen,And Roger Goodell Continues to IGNORE This Problem!! Opponents Getting Away With MULTIPLE INFRACTIONS On The Field,While Critical Drives And plays Are Stopped By UNWARRANTED BULLSHIT! WHEN ARE NFL REFEREES GOING TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR BAD PERFORMANCE??

    • Michael Vu

      You know what Keith? I was literally thinking about this about an hour ago!

      Either the OL is that bad with penalties, or these refs are from NY. I can’t remember how many times we hit a play with 20+ yards only to have it revoked by a stupid penalty on the OL. This ruins momentum, continuity and confidence. It’s a killer.

      In a way, I have to believe the refs are yanking those flags based on emotion. I think this strings along with being “America’s Team” — everybody has something against Dallas. The OL is bad, but come on, some of these calls come right when we got that 1st down or TD.

      Good point Keith.

      • Keith Ranson

        Thanks! I’m Glad I’m Not the only One That knows there’s Something Rotten going On Here! Sadly, Emotion Has nothing To Do With this; It’s How Much Extra Money The Referees Are Willing To screw Another team For; Proof? The Giants: They were Swept By Dallas In ’07,Then The Mara Family Got desperate,And Put the Refs Working The NFC playoffs On Their ‘Special Payroll’. Which Proves, If Judges And Govt. Officials can be bought……You know What I Mean?

    • Dave Woodard

      Your dead on right! It happens over and over…. We have to beat the opponent twice in a lot of cases! Totl bullshit!!! I can’t believe Jerry or Jason hasn’t notified the league of these!!! ALWAYS at crucial moments and 1st down plays or TDs! C;Mon Man!

      • Keith Ranson

        Think about It: The ‘Replacement’ Refs we Had To Contend With Last Year Were More horrible Than The Regular Idiots On the Field Now. What Should That tell The League? IT NEEDS STRONGER OVERSIGHT ON OFFICIATING!!

  • Pokes12

    Michael, the word is pinata, not penyata. If you cannot spell, how can we trust you to evaluate the offfensive line?

  • MarkRP

    spot on. Two years ago, everyone knew the o-line needed help, so JJ doesn’t draft any o-lineman and signs two casts offs who can’t stay healthy.
    So this year, everyone REALLY sees the o-line needs a serious upgrade, but JJ drafts just ONE o-lineman and signs no good FA lineman. Now Livings and Bernadreneau are hurt yet again, and we’re searching the scrap heap for warm bodies for the d-line to push around.
    This will be another 8-8 year. Romo and Garrett will be blamed, but it will be JJ and his failure to take the o-line seriously that is to blame.