Dallas Cowboys Can Finish O-Line With Cyril Richardson

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Dec 7, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears guard Cyril Richardson (68) takes the field to face the Texas Longhorns at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Baylor Bears defeated the Texas Longhorns 30-10 to win the Big 12 championship. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

A year ago at this time, the Dallas Cowboys were basically in the same position they are right now.

The franchise was still 8-8, its defense was awful, there was no money for free agency and the Cowboys were already looking to the NFL draft.

Deja vu sure is fun, isn’t it?

But there is a key difference as of now.

If you’ll think back, it was assumed, as the draft approached, that Dallas would immediately address its offensive line which had just paved the way for a pathetic 1,265 yards rushing for the season. The offense’s average time of possession, per drive, was a ridiculous 2:45.

In other words, the Cowboys either scored quickly or went three-and-out.

You’ll recall names like offensive guards Jonathan Cooper, now with the Arizona Cardinals, and Chance Warmack of the Tennessee Titans as popular targets for Dallas in numerous mock drafts. Obviously those two highly-rated blockers were long gone by the time the Cowboys first went on the clock in the first round.

All of that talk was going on because of two free-agent signings by owner and general manager Jerry Jones that either didn’t or haven’t panned out well. Guards Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau both arrived in Dallas during the 2012 offseason. One was released as the 2013 season was about to begin and the other could soon follow after having lost his starting job following numerous surgeries well within the last two years—you can figure out who’s who.

The lack of results brought forth by those two signings forced a significant renovation of an offensive line that basically got started after last season—but there’s one more piece of the puzzle that remains.

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  • Nathan Stenson

    You make a good argument. If Dallas shores up the O-line we could be looking at the NFL’s #1 offence. Too bad Jerry Jones will probably trade everything away for another 2nd stringer.

    • Earl Robertson

      Yes or pick another TE

      • Christian Blood

        Earl: Don’t even suggest that bro! We don’t need that energy floating around the internet when we know that a dumb move like that is already a distinct possibility!!!

  • SmartThinking

    I’ve often thought the best thing for Dallas offensively would be to re-sign Waters and then draft/trade/acquire two young, teachable, promising guards that Waters can train while he continues to play one, maybe two years more.

    Waters’ Pro Bowls and his Super Bowls impressively illustrate his effectiveness at his position. Who better to get the next generation of interior linemen ready than a Pro’s pro!

    • Christian Blood

      Smart, your philosophy is pretty sound and without Dallas’ current salary cap limitations, this would be ideal. I don’t think the Cowboys can afford to keep a veteran around at Waters’ price tag, however small it might be.

      Finally, Dallas needs to get younger, bigger and stronger along both lines. I think they have to get blue-chip talent on the field as soon as possible. Guard is one of those positions that allows rookies to come in and start playing, similar to what Frederick accomplished as a rookie at center last season.

  • turkish05

    Id love it if they picked a guard or a tackle for that matter. Doug Free is getting up there in age and is only under contract for one more season.