Running back Marion Barber of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the Seattle Seahawks at Cowboys Stadium on November 1, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. Cowboys win 38-17.
Blue-Star takes an in depth look at the Dallas Cowboys' guards and centers.
The Good: LG Kyle Kosier returned after missing most of 2008 with a broken foot, and may have been the best of the Cowboys' offensive linemen. He is as steady and as consistent as they come, and should help LT Doug Free in his transition to starting left tackle.
The group was collectively good in 2009, leading the way for one of the most effective rushing attacks in the NFL. But they weren't as consistent as one would hope for a team that has some "Super" expectations going into 2010.
The Bad: Despite the aforementioned Pro Bowl nods, Davis and Gurode each underachieved somewhat. Davis struggled at times to get to the next level, and Gurode failed in some key situations to get off the ball. That said, these instances were the exception, generally speaking, and not the rule.
The bottom line is that this is a talented group who could stand to improve from last season's effort in 2010.
The Future: The team has confidence in the veteran starters here. Kosier is signed through this season, Gurode through 2013 and Davis through 2012. Many around the team believe the move that sent G/C Cory Procter wayward was a victory for efficiency. As it stands now, Kosier will act as the back-up center. The team re-signed Montrae Holland this season, and will likely back-up both guard positions.
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