Dallas Cowboys Offensive Line Shift Will Lead to Success in 2023

By: Anthony Miller

With the Dallas Cowboys’ additions in the offseason, the team is hoping to see an improved and healthy offensive line for the 2023 season.

Last season was a mixed bag of good and bad from a team that made the playoffs at 12-5 and made it all the way to the divisional round of the playoffs. One issue that arose was the offensive line dealing with injuries including Tyron Smith and Terence Steele dealing with injuries. This led to a lot of changes being made including rookie Tyler Smith being forced to play left tackle in place of Tyron Smith. The performance of the unit took a hit from allowing just 33 sacks in 2021 to 54 sacks allowed last season.

Reviewing the overall performance of the offensive line play last season, it wasn’t that they played poorly, but they could have done better. Being healthier and having more continuity along the whole line would help the team. They have added some help on the offense with the receiver position getting a boost with Brandin Cooks being added. Now it’s about putting it all together with the line.

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy spoke with the media Tuesday where he told them that Tyron Smith was going to be getting reps at left tackle and Tyler Smith would get reps at left guard. This would be interesting seeing that Tyron Smith goes back to his old position after starting games at right tackle last season. Tyler Smith was playing left tackle in place of Tyron Smith while he was injured.

The Cowboys got some news regarding Steele as he had originally torn his ACL and MCL late last season and was knocked out for the year. It appears that Steele might not be ready to go for training camp as he still recovers from his injury. This news was also part of the reason why changes needed to be made to the offensive line.

Dallas Cowboys Offensive Line Outlook for 2023

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In terms of what the lineup for the offensive line is going to look like, it may not be much different from what fans are expecting. Depending on how Steele recovers from his injury, the lineup should have Tyron Smith at left tackle and Tyler Smith at left guard. In the middle of the line should be Tyler Biadasz settling in at the center position. On the right side of the line, it should be Zack Martin at right guard and Steele at right tackle.

The key to the offensive line this season is obviously to stay healthy. It will be a major help for Tyler Smith’s development as he can stick with one position and improve in his second season in the NFL. This will help the offensive line build rapport with each other so they can avoid missed assignments and costly penalties throughout the season. That’s what made the offensive line so successful the previous three to four seasons before the 2022 season.

In terms of their depth, there is some experience with their backups as backup center Matt Farniok got some time on the line last season before being placed on injured reserve himself in October. Newly acquired offensive guard Chuma Edoga has started 13 games since joining the league in 2019 as he was previously with the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons. Dallas will be looking for their fifth-round picks from this year and last year’s draft, Asim Richards, and Matt Waletzko, to step up and be prepared to play should injuries occur.

While the offensive line currently looks like it should be solid for this season, there will come a time when they need to look into the future. Zack Martin and Tyron Smith are both 32 and at the tail end of their careers so it will be important for the younger guys to step up and play. Changes could be coming soon, but for this season, as long as everyone stays healthy, it should be a better season for the offensive line in pass protection.

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