The last few years the focus of the Dallas Cowboys organization has been somewhat uncharacteristic in the Jerry Jones era.
With the hiring of Jason Garrett as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys the focus has been placed on improving the guys in the trenches that do the dirty work.
Doing the ground work
In the last few NFL drafts the Cowboys have drafted Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zach Martin in the first round to build what many consider one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.
The improvement of the offensive line was evident in the 2014 season when they paved the way for DeMarco Murray, who by the way became the leading rusher in the NFL, and helped Tony Romo have one of his best years as a NFL quarterback.
Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zach Martin were all voted into the Pro bowl, Zach Martin also named to the All-Pro team as a rookie.
Strength to strength
What was already considered a strength for the Cowboys just got a little richer when La’el Collins chose to sign with the Dallas Cowboys as an unrestricted free agent after going unselected in the 2015 NFL draft.
Collins was widely considered to be a top 15 draft choice but went undrafted when the police wanted to question him about the murder of his former girlfriend Britney Mills. His connection to the case caused NFL teams to pass on him because of the uncertainty of the legalities, even though he wasn’t considered a suspect.
Where Collins will end up playing for the Cowboys is still a question that remains unanswered. Can he beat out Doug Free at right tackle? Will he replace Ron Leary as a starting left guard? These questions probably won’t be answered until the Cowboys go through training camp and even
perhaps until the end of preseason.
The Cowboys organization has to be thrilled with what the offensive line might be capable of in the upcoming season with the addition of Collins. He could be a possible upgrade at the right tackle
position or the left guard position.
Big things to come
No matter where he plays opposing defenses are going to have a difficult time getting pressure on Romo and stopping the run game.
Could this possibly be the best offensive line in NFL history? Could it help the Cowboys make it further into the playoffs and possibly reach the Super Bowl?
None of these questions can be answered unfortunately, but it’s fun to speculate.
Creating a dominant offensive line might not help sell jerseys, but the game of football is won in the trenches.
The beast in the East has been born and all 31 other NFL teams have been put on notice.