Presumably no one was surprised when the Cowboys cut right tackle Marc Colombo a few weeks ago. The veteran had suffered through injuries and inconsistency over his last three seasons, and when the team drafted Tyron Smith back in April, it was pretty clear that Colombo wasn’t long for Dallas.
From a strictly on-field perspective, this isn’t a big deal. The team is confident that Smith will prove an immediate upgrade at right tackle. It’s in the locker room and in the film room that the team will have a hard time replacing Colombo, a fact that offensive line coach Hudson Houck acknowledged on Monday.
“We don’t have a Colombo,” Houck said, per ESPN Dallas, “but guys can lead in their own way.”
Some of the slack has been picked up by left guard--actually, as of Monday, make that right guard, Kyle Kosier. Kosier, who will move to the right side to help Smith in protection, has made a habit of asking questions during film sessions, not for his own good, but for those youngsters that now surround him.
“Kyle knows the answer,” Houck said. “But in the room, he asks the right question.”
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