Cowboys O-Line Committed a Lot of Penalties in 2015

The Cowboys' offensive line committed 44 penalties in 16 games this season

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The Dallas Cowboys’ vaunted offensive line had a good year, despite playing for a team that finished with just four wins, as evidenced by the three big men the team will send to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl next month—left tackle Tyron Smith, center Travis Frederick and right guard Zack Martin.

One area where they’ll look to improve on in 2016, however, is penalties.

The Cowboys’ offensive linemen combined to commit 44 penalties in 16 games. In 18 last year (regular season and two playoff games), the line was responsible for just 29 flags.

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Martin had 11 penalties in 2015 after committing just four in his rookie season. Smith had 10 on the season. Right tackle Doug Free had eight false starts alone.

“We’ve got to clean up the pre-snap penalties and really just the penalties in general,” head coach Jason Garrett told the team’s official website. “Those are the kind of things that put you behind the chains and make it difficult to drive the football. They have played well, but that’s an area where we have to get better.”

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