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News: DC.com: First Impression: DC.com Analyst Sees Progress On O-Line

Discussion in 'News Zone' started by CCBoy, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. CCBoy

    CCBoy Well-Known Member

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    First Impression: DC.com Analyst Sees Progress On O-Line

    Bryan Broaddus


    After the game Monday night, for all the problems the first offensive line had running the ball, practice on Wednesday took on a new importance to me. I wanted to see how Bill Callahan and Wes Phillips were going to maybe try and adjust some techniques they normally do scheme-wise, but what surprised me is it was the same things technique-wise they had been practicing for the last three weeks. There have been plenty of times in practice where the line has been able to create space for these backs to run the ball, but instead of panic, there was more of a focus of trying to do things the right way, whether it was head placement, steps and finishing the block. This past week, I thought the practices were much better for the line technique-wise and even though it wasn’t always perfect, at least it was something to build on.

    For the Chargers game, I had the great pleasure of doing the Dallas Cowboys radio broadcast with the great Brad Sham and Kristi Scales, and at the end of the first half, Brad asked me what I was most impressed with about the game to that point. Without thinking a second about it, I said the offensive line. Before this broadcast, I took the San Diego and Green Bay game apart on tape and I came away really not sure how the Cowboys offensive line was going to be able to handle Vaughn Martin, Corey Liuget and Shaun Phillips. I watched rookie Melvin Ingram destroy the Packers’ first and second offensive tackles. The more I studied the Chargers, the more I believed that this could be a really rough game for the Cowboys running backs, but more importantly Tony Romo.

    The last thing this team needed was Romo taking some unnecessary shots in the pocket because of a missed assignment or block like what happened in Oakland. In the game Saturday night, there weren’t the missed assignments or defenders running free on the quarterback, but more than adequate time for Romo to read the field, maybe slide a little bit to his right or left to buy a few more seconds, but for the most part the protection was outstanding. There was a time during the broadcast that I told Brad, these Cowboys receivers have to do a better job of winning on the outside against these defensive backs because the line was more than doing their job up front handling those Chargers defensive players that last week I observed knocking Aaron Rodgers all over the place...
  2. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    This thread isn't as long as the one from last week was.
  3. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    Real short.
  4. CoCo

    CoCo Well-Known Member

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    It's typically a different set of posters who post when we win versus when we lose. Ironically, the Oakland win was perceived as a loss and the SD loss perceived a win based on play on the field versus scoreboard results.

    When Dallas loses, a certain crowd takes over the board with negativity for about 3 days. The optimists lay low til that runs its course. The same thing happens in reverse when we win.

    I expect the critics will be back out in a couple days.
  5. starfrombirth

    starfrombirth Well-Known Member

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    I thought, as a whole, that our oline looked better as well. I don't know if it's was do to a back room deal by Jerry (as rumored) or if we really did improve but it looked nice to see Romo not get killed. Hope we can keep improving.
  6. EGG

    EGG Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, it's funny how a slew of holding penalties instead of sacks and a no-blitz 4 man rush can make things look down-right peachy to the uninitiated. :)
  7. stasheroo

    stasheroo Well-Known Member

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    I haven't been able to see the entire game as NFL Network showed up late to the party.

    But I definitely liked what I saw much better this time around so far.

    Looking forward to watching what I didn't get to see yet.
  8. jnday

    jnday Well-Known Member

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    I didn't get to see one eay or the other due to the NFL Network. You can take the preseason line play with a grain of salt. Last year, Nagy , Arkin, Costa and the gang blocked well in the preseason. We all know how that turned out. Injury concerns and vanilla schemes makes any evaluation questionable.
  9. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    That's a valid point.

    But a week before GB's offensive line looked horrid against the same SD front.

    Yeah, it's a short-straw to grasp, but better than a poke in the eye. ;)

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