Not adding depth to the offensive line will show that the Cowboys haven’t learned

The preparation period for . is over Cowboys in Dallas And we’re all very eager to see how this list of 53 men will change. A number of different situations can go in different ways. Will the Cowboys keep four running backs? How about four narrow ends? Do they make any kind of creative decision or move with all their apparent depth along the defensive line?

Needless to say, major decisions will come along the offensive line given Tyrone Smith’s injury last week. Cowboys were unprepared from a depth point of view when dealing Before Smith injury, so far they face more challenge.

Not adding proven depth to tackle the situation would show that the Dallas Cowboys aren’t learning a single thing.

We’ve discussed all the ways the Dallas Cowboys can “replace” Tyron Smith, and they all have two things in common: Each one has its advantages and none of them make us feel particularly good.

The Cowboys’ most likely choice is to kick rookie Tyler Smith to the left. True, Dallas drafted him to be the heir apparent along the left side, and while they were working there in June, he received all his hard work throughout the camp and pre-season exclusively in the left guard. So this was hardly a plan they designed.

However, the Cowboys executive vice president who majored in engineering in Arkansas noted after the conclusion of the Cowboys pre-season that that appears to be the plan. Remind the scientist that Tyler Smith played left-handed interference in college.

Once again, there is a rationale for moving forward with Tyler Smith on the left-hand intervention. But then again, there are obvious downsides to every potential path a cowboy could choose to head out on their own adventure. Let’s say Tyler Smith ends up going straight ahead and succeeding (we obviously hope that’s the case). Obviously that would be great.

But the idea that this simple switch can be flipped and that everything is suddenly fine in general is misleading. Moving Smith achieves the goal of finding a new left tackle, but now you have to find a new left guard. This “new” is technically old as it would probably have been Conor McGovern to start from there, but it was supposed to provide depth along the interior. Now this is gone.

It’s true that the Cowboys literally have other players on their list to follow this domino effect. Matt Varniuk clearly becomes the top piece for the inner depth as McGovern rises. With no intentional disdain for any of them, it simply isn’t enough.

Tyron Smith’s injury creates a new hole in the left tackle, but filling that hole does nothing to address the pre-existing problem with swing tackle.

As noted, the Cowboys had trouble handling the swing prior to Tyron Smith’s injury which was highlighted by the fact that neither Josh Ball nor the abruptly returned Matt Waletzko, were the consensus’s best option for starting left-handedness in this new reality.

So if the Cowboys move Tyler Smith and then raise Conor McGovern, they will suddenly have to discover not only who their new swing style will be (again, a problem they were currently facing) but now who their new inner depth is. Because they already had to flip that switch.

This offensive line set isn’t deep enough to continue to raise players on the priority list and claim mission accomplished. The veteran’s assistance is more than needed and is essential to the team’s long-term success here even if Tyron Smith is somehow able to make a comeback in December.

To be clear, by “veteran depth” we mean legitimate, viable depth. The classic move in this situation is to bring in someone who could be considered literal depth but not proven enough to challenge either Tyler Smith on the left tackle or Conor McGovern on the left guard. These will not be actual solutions but rather a means to an end.

Stephen Jones said throughout the holiday season that the Cowboys were saving cover space in case they needed it in the future, building a rainy day box of sorts. It flows outside. It’s time to plunge into the pantry and offer help that is more than just a body to take a closet.

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