Originally Posted by Eskimo
BP's OL draft picks:
Al Johnson - bust at top of 2nd round
Jacob Rogers - bust middle 2nd round
Stephen Peterman - bust middle of 3rd round
BP expensive FA OL:
Marco Rivera - bust
His two good OL moves were getting Kosier in FA for a reasonable price tag and reclaiming Colombo off the scrap heap. Gurode was a C then moved to Guard to get the best 5 on the field but he was performing poorly and BP moved him back to Center and he found success there.
The OL was actually okay when BP left but it was old, expensive, had no depth and started to fall apart in 2008 with Kosier's injury leaving us in the end with only two good years of OL performance 2006 and 2007. 2008 and 2009 were mediocre in performance but expensive before it fell apart in 2010.
Our OL hasn't been as bad as advertised for a long time. It's also not as good as it should be, given the quality of coaching and the resources we've spent there. We've whiffed on the higher picks we've spent, and have had little success developing mid-round talent. And we've done all of this while we've had premium OL coaches in the fold.
I think Callahan is a very good coach, and a very good fit with Jason Garrett. And I believe the team likes what it's got in Smith (and Costa, honestly, though that's a lot harder to establish). We've got two OGs we can win with, though both could be upgraded, and a hole at RT and very limited depth across the board.
Arkin doesn't look to be developing at the rate they'd hoped. Kowalski was injured, but he's been a bit of a forgotten man back there. Losing Nagy was a bit of a blow to the development of depth. They seem to like Parnell, but it's time for him to deliver if he's ever going to be more than a swing player. Cook's a backup C/RT who should be a borderline guy to make a roster who's been forced into starting.
There's been some time needed to adjust to new ZBS concepts, and the injuries to the interior line in camp definitely set us back early. This group's been better recently (Doug Free v. CLE and in the first half against PHI2 aside), but at the very least, I'd expect more even depth across the board, even if none of the starters are outstanding. We're still spotty across the board after significant changes the last two seasons.
When asked whether Jason Garrett is the right head coach for this team: "I don't think there is anyone else that could. I think he is an unbelievable coach. We've responded to him and he has made us better football players, better people. If you watch us I think we play with a certain relentless spirit." --Sean Lee