On both the offensive and defensive lines this preseason, the Dallas Cowboys haven’t been shy in experimenting with new looks. The O-line has been a veritable game of musical chairs; the D-line has been a little more static, but isn’t without some potentially interesting changes.
One of these may be Kenyon Coleman, who has taken over for Igor Olshansky as the starting left end this week. Despite many wondering if Coleman could threaten not only the veteran’s starting spot, but his roster spot, Olshansky’s response to the change was something of a shrug of the shoulders.
“It's a really great opportunity for me to learn to play the left side,'' Olshansky said, per the Dallas Morning News. “He's a master of that left end position, which I'm looking forward to get the opportunity to master.”
Olshansky downplayed the importance of starting, particularly in a system such as Rob Ryan’s, in which there are always a number of moving parts.
“It doesn't really matter,” he said. “I know when we go out there you have 16 regular season games plus playoff games. You have a lot of snaps, a lot of football to be played. You need a solid six guys to go in there and play.
“I started for seven years in this league, and I know the key to playing a long time is to have a really good backup. To me, it doesn't matter who starts or doesn't start.
“I'm here to help the team and become a better football player.”
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