Bigger Isn't Always Better in Texas. Right, Cowboys' Offensive Line? Should We Fear for Tony Romo's Health? Again?

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When Tony Romo was sacked by the Giants' Michael Boley last October 25 it broke his collar bone and effectively ended what was already a wobbly Cowboys' 2010 season.

It was also, remember, the result of a missed blocking assignment by a rookie.

Chris Gronkowski was part of Saturday's cuts by Dallas, but the Cowboys are again gambling that rookies can keep their quarterback upright in 2011.

That's right, rookies plural.

After a training camp of deep cleaning, on Sunday night against the Jets the Cowboys will begin their season with the youngest offensive line in the history of the 52-year-old franchise.

Never before have the Cowboys started two rookies on the offensive line. Against New York they will start Tyron Smith at right tackle and Bill Nagy at left guard. Oh, by the way, they'll also start at center Phil Costa, a second-year undrafted free agent who has never started a game over the ball.

With Andre Gurode, Marc Colombo and Leonard Davis, last year the Cowboys' average age along the OL was 30.2. This year it will be 25.2, anchored by the 20-year-old Smith, the youngest player selected in last April's draft. At 32, Kyle Kosier is suddenly the gray-beard veteran.

But not only younger, also lighter.

The Cowboys have undergone a not-so-subtle philosophical transformation from 300-pound Earth-movers into a lighter, more agile linemen able to get out and pull to the edges.

Average size last year: 6-foot-6, 324.4 pounds.

Average size this year: 6-4, 309.2.

Hopefully in Texas bigger isn't always better.


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17 comments
D1P1
D1P1

Jerry can't draft (years of wasted draft picks) if his life depended on it, makes stupid trades for underperforming wide receivers, signs big stupid contracts for underperforming players, makes decisions based on his ego and how he looks in the media. Other than these "minor" flaws, he is a great GM.

History Lesson
History Lesson

Anyone remember last year when Richie was trying to give Chris Gronkowski the nickname Chris Moose-kowski?

How'd that work out?

Rooster
Rooster

Romo will be lucky if he doesn't get killed by the 3rd game.

Jerrah means well, but is there anyone on the planet (other than Jerrah) that doesn't think he's the worst GM on the planet?

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

Skinnier, lighter, maybe a bit more athletic and quicker. Hell, what do I know? I'm 6-2, 200lbs and slow as molasses.

Sports Cactus
Sports Cactus

The Cowboys' offensive line lacks experience? Wow. I had no idea! Way to break a story, RW!

Seriously - this is weeks-old garbage. If you can't come up with something new or original, can you at least try to provide some analysis or depth to what is already an old story? How the hell do you keep this gig when all you do is regurgitate last week's news? You add nothing! Hell, it's not even like you foster discussion in the comments, like good blogs do.

This is just sad. With most of the real DMN content now behind a paywall, The Observer should be trying to lure eyeballs with real content. And this is the crap they pay someone to write? I could rehash old stories in 15 minutes every morning, cash the check and laugh- wait a minute...

#1 FAN FAN
#1 FAN FAN

I've been afraid since Garrett cut the great Tyron Choice and Romo started running around playing hide-n-seek.

Mishon
Mishon

Wow, that's a lot of questions you ask.

Right, yes we should and yes again.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Over under on games lost to injury by Romo: 4

Coming up in the next hour, we'll take a look at Sanders vs Smith..who you got? Give us a call down here at the Fan.

Kitnas Shoulder Isnt Broken
Kitnas Shoulder Isnt Broken

Sanders, Woodson and Driver were all knocked out of the Super Bowl on that turf. If someone lands Romo's same shoulder onto that surface then he will get hurt.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Gronkowski should have been cut after he missed that block, seems harsh to say but he cost his team their season and their owner millions in lost revenue brought by a playoff game. I thought Chapas did a good job in the preseason, but I guess they'll convert Martellus and John Phillips to their fullback when they need it. Good luck with Martellus.Oh, and the weight thing? Younger=skinnier. I thought you would know that by now since you're single.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

For someone always trying to peacock you sure do write passive headlines.

Anyway, yeah, Romo should be scared shitless. He's not young or getting younger, for one. Sacks won't feel good cumulatively on a 31 year old body. His line may be more mobile and faster, but that won't matter if they get burned because of a mental mistake--which will happen. They aren't going to catch up to the lineman or linebacker that broke through, so Romo's going to be scrambling, where he has a habit of holding onto the ball a little too long instead of throwing it away. And I don't recall Felix being that great a pass-blocking back. He'll be looking for Witten, who is reliable, and Dez or Miles, who aren't nearly as reliable as people seem to think (2nd year guy with questionable brainpower and a Miles who was great for one season and terrible last season? Are they really so awesome?) and a third random receiver who nobody but Cowboy homers would even consider picking for a fantasy roster. Since Romo hasn't ever demonstrated a wonderful decision-making ability and relies more on impulse throws and escapability, he could get drilled numerous times.

Recipe for much more Kitna than anyone would ever want.

Storm_71
Storm_71

I predict a Stephen McGee start sometime this season.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Now he's Chris Gone-kowski! [Norm laugh]

Mishon
Mishon

They were done before Romo went down.

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