I kind of find it funny that he takes the Cowboys FO to task on signing Livings and Bern to help patch holes on a bad offensive line. The reason it is funny is that they were the two best OL on the field yesterday. And many criticize Costa but he turned in the best performance by a Cowboys OL in close to a decade against the Ravens in the one game he started and finished this year. Getting him back and pushing Bern back to OG will make this OL a lot better. That is the 3 players who most were critical about at the start of the season may just be okay in the end. Now let's see what the real problem is.
The biggest problem was Derrick Dockery who is a horrific OG. Jerry signed him because he didn't want to pay Holland who is a much better player. The Cowboys FO admitted as much when they tried to sign Holland after the workout but signed Dockery when they couldn't come to agreeable terms. Jerry looks like a damn idiot now with Dockery playing a horrifically bad game. Now hopefully Costa's return or Killer's return could push Bern back to OG and Dockery back on the bench. I would still be strongly in favor of signing Holland and releasing Dockery, though.
Right next to him is Doug Free who we are paying $8M/yr to be outplayed by a basketball player we signed off of someone else's PS who was forced into action by injury. Free may not give up a sack or a QB hit on nearly every play but he seemed to be giving up a QB pressure on nearly every other play yesterday and that is pathetically bad. I know he shouldn't need assist when going up against scrub pass rushers but he did and he does so we should help him whenever he is out there with a chip block. I find it odd that Free who is a bit of a finesse player by nature really struggles on combination blocks - he often doubles the wrong guy or alternately doesn't help out at all on a double team when he is supposed to be the main blocker on that guy. Regardless, Free should be put on the bench as soon as Tyron is healthy enough to play again as he is frightfully bad. The other possibility would be to move Ryan Cook back to RT and away from Center where he is a horrific run blocker.
I still think our best lineup year's end if I get what I want:
Smith Livings Killer Holland Parnell
I just think what is wrong with Free seems to be getting worse and worse and I have very little faith that it can be corrected. I don't care how much he makes because he is going to get Romo killed. The same is true of Dockery and I don't want to see Cook back at Center again this year.