Offensive Line... The Trickle Down Effect
I dont think this team is that far away from being a contender. We had some tough injuries this year, bad playcalling, and worse time management that contributed to us going 8-8, when we realistically should have been 10-6. But I feel one mistake by Jerry (most of us saw at the time) tanked the season... going cheap on the OL and thinking that a coach (Callahan) could somehow work magic with untalented players. The weak interior offensive line created a domino effect that this team could not (and will not) overcome. It generated no push in the run game, forcing Romo to throw too often. It allowed pressure up the middle when Romo did throw, failing time and time again to pick up linebacker cross blitzes, leading to incompletions and interceptions. It prevented us from sustaining drives. Which led to losing the the time-of-possession battle and keeping our bend-but-dont-break defense on the field far too long.
This team is a far different team if we get a new stud C (2nd round draft pick?) and RG (free agent), promote Parnell (and make Free the swing tackle). I will live with Livings at LG, sandwiched between Tyron and a stud C. What happens? Running 4 yards a pop, better play-action passing, less pressure in Tony's face when he does pass, sustained drives, rested defense. I PRAY THAT JERRY SEES THIS THE SAME WAY.