Want to fix O-line? Draft players and play them right away
Posted Dec 04 2012 7:39am
Rick Gosselin, sports columnist for The Dallas Morning News and SportsDayDFW.com and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee, answered your questions about the Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks and Stars in a live chat on Monday. Here are the highlights.
Do you forsee any way that Doug Free is here next season? He is stealing at this point.
It's a huge cap hit. The Cowboys won't replace him until they feel comfortable they have someone who can step in. That guy isn't on campus right now. I would expect to see Free back on the field next fall.
If it was your task to fix the Cowboys' offensive line by the beginning of next season, what moves would you make? Who would you keep, cut, trade, sign, draft, etc.?
I'd draft a tackle in the first round, a center in the second and a guard in the third. Those are the premium rounds. Then I'd put them on the field and let them play. The Cowboys have always feared youth -- especially on the offensive line. They draft blockers, let them sit and don't develop them. David Arkin is a classic example. The guy I wanted the Cowboys to take in the second round (if they had kept their pick) last April was Wisconsin's Peter Konz. He was the best center in the draft. He's now starting at guard in a Top 10 offense (Atlanta). If you want to fix the offensive line you have to make an investment in that line by drafting players and then playing them.
I know Jerry Jones wont relinquish his role as GM, why not hire someone and give them the title of "pro personnel administrator"?
I think Andy Reid will follow the path of Cowher, Gruden and Dungy and sit out at least a season. He's had a difficult year both on and off the field. I don't think he'll be with the Cowboys or anyone else next season. This is a good football coach who will have no trouble finding work in 2014.