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Jerry: Cowboys May Have Been Overzealous In O-Line Youth Movement

Dallas started the year with two rookies and a second-year guy on the offensive line

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    Jerry Jones spoke to reporters with rare frankness on Monday at the Senior Bowl, giving the assembled reporters a realistic analysis of the team’s shortcomings in 2011, and admitting, among other things, that the team may have jumped the gun a bit in assembling a very young interior offensive line prior to last season.

    After releasing veterans Andre Gurode and Leonard Davis, the original plan was to have Phil Costa at center, rookie Bill Nagy at left guard and veteran Kyle Kosier at right guard. But thanks to an injury to Nagy, Dallas was forced to make due with Montrae Holland and Derrick Dockery on the left side for most of the season.

    Even still, Tony Romo was sacked 36 times in 2011.

    "In personnel we may have gotten overzealous with some young players in the middle of our offensive line," Jones said. "We have to make sure we not only give them a chance to grow and have progress but we also have to have the type of protection we want in there for Tony."

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