One of the bigger question mark coming into the 2013 Cowboys camp centers on the Dallas Cowboys offensive line, and the lack of depth due to injuries. Not everyone seems to be down on the line as ESPN reported on Aug. 16 that DeMarco Murray said he loves the Cowboys’ offensive line.
Maybe Murray is taking a page out of Emmitt Smith’s playbook, a running back who loved his offensive line so much that his extravagant gifts to those blockers became things of legend. It also made them pretty happy as they blocked for Emmitt as he raced to win the NFL career rushing title.
However, names on that line included Mark Stepnoski, Erik Williams, Nate Newton, Mark Tuinei and Larry Alllen.
The names for the Dallas Cowboys 2013 offensive line include high draft picks Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick, mistake prone Doug Free, and patch-gap players like Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings. To make things worse, Livings is hurt and Dallas might end up needing to move center Frederick to guard in the meantime and have Phil Costa back under center, something Tony Romo can’t be excited about.
This line is a patched together offensive line that has Dallas Cowboys’ fans worried.
However, when looking at the team this preseason, they seem to be opening holes for the running backs that Cowboys’ fans haven’t seen in a long time. Everyone is finding holes, from Murray and rookie draft pick Joseph Randle to backup Phillip Tanner and third down speedster Lance Dunbar.
“These guys are working hard. I’m very, very proud of the guys we’ve got, the five starters and the guys behind them, Murray said. “I wouldn’t want to be behind any other line. I love these guys. I’ve got a lot of respect for these guys. They’re going to have a great year for us.”
That might be hyperbole, at least the line about not wanting to run behind any other line, but to have their starting running back talking them up might provide them with even more of an attitude of proving themselves in 2013. The injuries don’t help, but the Dallas Cowboys offensive line could surprise some people if they play as well as DeMarco Murray believes they can.