Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

21 Sep 2010

ESPN AGS: Bears over Cowboys

Can you name the last offensive lineman drafted by Dallas in the first round? Hint: It was in 1981.

Posted by: Vincent Verhei on 21 Sep 2010

8 comments, Last at 04 Oct 2010, 7:48pm by stephenmcf


by jklps :: Tue, 09/21/2010 - 12:27pm

Did Jerry Jones hire Vinny Cerrato?

by Tim Wilson :: Tue, 09/21/2010 - 2:15pm

"When Adams retired before the 2010 season, the Cowboys had no better option at left tackle than former fourth-rounder Doug Free, best known for being Jared Allen's personal whipping boy in January's playoff loss to the Vikings. "

This is embarrassing on FO's part. Free did not give up a single pressure to Jared Allen (or anyone else) in that playoff game-- the issues were on the plays when Witten was asked to block Allen solo, and when a rusty Marc Colombo was matched up against Edwards on the other side.

I expect that shoot from the hip, anecdotal level of analysis from ESPN, but not from this site.

by Staubach12 :: Tue, 09/21/2010 - 10:33pm

Didn't read the article (don't have insider), but I have to agree with this poster. Free was not the problem at all in the playoff game.

One correction: Free did give up a sack on his first (or maybe second) snap after being subbed in. But after that, he didn't give up another pressure all game.

by Tim Wilson :: Wed, 09/22/2010 - 12:13am

Really? Was pretty sure Witten gave that one up.

Either way, "personal whipping boy" just shows analytical laziness.

by Staubach12 :: Wed, 09/22/2010 - 1:07am

Witten was helping free on that sack. I'm not sure whom to blame. However, Free looked good after that first series.

by Ambientdonkey :: Wed, 09/22/2010 - 6:26am

I thought your complaint was going to be that Adams didn't retire.

by DW94 :: Wed, 09/22/2010 - 7:26am

I can't read the article, but I thought I'd offer some thoughts anyway.

Dallas certainly has offensive line problems, however Free isn't one of them. I agree with the other Dallas fans here regarding Doug Free. He held his own against Jared Allen for the most part in the playoff game. He played well at RT last year, and he looks fine at LT through two games.

From the intro: "Lately, they've stopped looking for blockers early in the draft. Since 2005, the Cowboys have selected two offensive linemen in the third round of the draft, and none in rounds one and two."

The above is true, but I think that it is misleading. Dallas drafted an offensive lineman in the second and third rounds in the 2004 draft. Jacob Rogers (OT, 2nd round) never worked out due to injuries. Stephen Peterman (OG, 3rd round) also didn't work out in Dallas because of injuries. However, I've read that he's played OK during his time in Detroit.

by stephenmcf :: Mon, 10/04/2010 - 7:48pm

where is the AGS for september 28? I never saw it for last week..