Assessing the Play of Kyle Kosier in 2010: Should He Be Re-Signed?
Last offseason, I named left guard Kyle Kosier the most underrated player on the Dallas Cowboys. Kosier was coming off of a season in which he yielded just one sack. Guards are frequently seen as players who should be great run blockers before great pass blockers, but I disagree. Protecting the quarterback up the middle is nearly just as important as doing so on the edges, and, despite being an average run blocker, Kosier’s pass protection over the years has been outstanding.
In my opinion, Kosier’s run blocking slipped a bit in 2010. He once again had the fewest rate of 10+ yard runs and the ‘Boys had only one run of 20+ yards when he was at the point-of-attack. Kosier does a nice job of positioning his body on blocks and excels on runs like counters and draws, but he will never be the dominating man-on-man blocker that it seems Jason Garrett wishes he had. Is this enough of a reason to not re-sign Kosier?
I don’t think so. Kosier’s pass protection was as good as ever in 2010. Actually, I credited him with not allowing a single sack all season. That’s in 495 plays in which he was in pass protection. He also surrendered just two quarterback hits and committed only three penalties in 2010. It’s no wonder I have him an “A” in my 2010 Cowboys Offensive Line Grades.
Kosier’s ability to protect the quarterback and the lack of a starting-quality guards behind him on the roster makes me think the Cowboys will be re-signing Kosier whenever that is made possible. And that is the right move. Kosier shouldn’t get a huge contract, but signing him to a two-year deal makes a lot of sense to me.
Leonard Davis, on the other hand, may not be so lucky.
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