IRVING, Texas – Offensive line coach Bill Callahan admitted he’s used more centers this year than at any point in his career. He’s been coaching in some form or fashion since 1980 and has coached offensive linemen in the NFL since 1995.
While the offensive line’s been rightfully criticized throughout the year, nobody’s pointed at the center position as the obvious main point of concern. The Cowboys even have a viable contingency plan in case
“They are balanced reps,” Callahan said of the backups. “They do get equal work. They do get the exposure they need. They get the experience and the preparation.”
As Mickey Spagnola pointed out on our radio show, the calls for trades before and during the season were rampant and included, but weren’t limited to,
Now take a look at the state of the injured Cowboys. Jones looked more reliable in the backfield last week than the rest of the bunch and seems to be the best option behind
Spears will be a starter on the defensive line after a season-ending injury to
Oddly enough, Jenkins’ usefulness became more evident when he was out of uniform. Rookie
It’s also odd to think about
The Cowboys further established their depth by bringing in free agent
And finally, back to the offensive line. Cook, who was supposed to be a backup when the Cowboys traded for him a week prior to the opener, started off and on with Costa all year, depending on which player was healthy. Cook might be ready to go this weekend, and if that’s the case, the Cowboys will roll on as they had throughout the start of the year. If he’s not ready, the Cowboys have options by using Kowalski or utilizing Bernadeau’s versatility and switching him from guard to center.
What either player can offer at center is unclear, but the fact that the Cowboys have two options at the position after their top two centers go down is unique. Guard
Rarely have the Cowboys been able to withstand such injuries. They’ve done so by not rushing to ship out every player whose immediate value may not have been clear.