Marc Colombo, Kyle Kosier Out Sunday Night
The Cowboys are all but guaranteed to be without their starting left guard and starting right tackle on Sunday night when they take on the Washington Redskins.
Left guard Kyle Kosier has been unlikely to play for awhile, but right tackle Marc Colombo’s absence is mildly surprising. Up until this week, it appeared as through he might be ready for the opener.
Now, the Cowboys will rely on Montrae Holland and Alex Barron to fill their respective shoes. Both players struggled quite a bit in the preseason. Holland isn’t particularly athletic and often gets beat with speed, even inside. Barron is just the opposite–an athletic player whose skill set doesn’t necessarily fit well at right tackle. He tends to get overpowered, particularly in the run game.
With two “undersized,” finesse players at tackle, it is just more reason for the Cowboys to come out throwing. I suggested they do so in my Cowboys-Redskins Manifesto.
A Twitter follower of ours asked me what the over/under is on Barron’s false starts and the overall sacks yielded by Dallas on Sunday. Even with his penchant for penalties, I wouldn’t put the over/under for Barron higher than 0.5. He’s racked up 43 false starts over the past five years, or just about one every two games. By the way, I’ve done a study on why false starts aren’t really that costly.
I do think the Cowboys could have some issues with protection on Sunday. Although the Redskins don’t have a particularly devastating pass rush, they do have Brian Orakpo. He could cause problems for Doug Free, and certainly Barron. My over/under on total sacks yielded is 2.5. If the Cowboys give up less than that, they have an excellent chance of winning the game. More, and there could be problems.