The Dallas Cowboys have struggled all season long with consistency in the offensive line, enough so, in fact, to make us wonder if at least one of the members of that unit could be gone in 2011 (this assuming that there’s football in 2011).
If any one lineman would be given his walking papers after the season, the most likely candidate seems to be right tackle Marc Colombo, who has allowed the most sacks as well as the most quarterback hits of any of the linemen--he’s allowed seven sacks (two more than anyone else) and 11 quarterback hits (four more than left tackle Doug Free, who’s allowed the second most QB hits with seven).
Of course, the team’s run- and pass-blocking woes can’t completely fall on the shoulders of Colombo. The entire unit has underachieved in 2010, and, in fact, met in an effort to stem the tide of mistakes earlier this month.
"We really tried to fix the problems that we had," said Colombo, per the Dallas Morning News. "We really studied hard and came out to practice with a purpose. And I think it's really starting to come together."
As Rainer Sabin of the Morning News points out, though, these numbers aren’t really peculiar for Colombo. In 2008, Colombo’s last healthy season before this year--Colombo missed seven games in 2009 with a broken fibula--he allowed seven sacks, along with six quarterback hits, numbers not far off from his marks in 2010.
Colombo is signed through 2012, and scheduled to earn $1.9 million next season.
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