SAN ANTONIO, TX—You will always find running backs heaping praise on their offensive line but Tashard Choice goes one step further
"The identity is always the offensive line, they're the ones you start from" said the Cowboys third running back.
So even though Tony Romo may be the face of the offense, the line is its identity, and this group of veterans gladly accepts that responsibility. So when the 2008 offense took steps back in sacks allowed and rushing yards per game from the previous season, the linemen took it personally
"Yea, we need to be better" said right tackle Marc Colombo. "We didn't get it done as well as should have last year and that's a challenge for us this year, because we know we have the capability."
Center Andre Gurode who is coming off his third trip to the Pro Bowl agrees. "At the end of the day we have to perform and we take pride in our group performing on the field giving Romo time to throw and giving running back lanes to run through" Gurode said.
Leonard Davis is back for his third season at right guard. "We want to be dominant and very physical" said Davis. "It's good that we have group of guys that have been together going on three years here, that's very valuable for us"
It's valuable as long as they stay healthy, which they are right now. It is a big relief to have Kyle Kosier return to his spot at left guard after missing 13 games last year with a fractured right foot. In the only three games he played, the Cowboys won all three.
On having Kosar back, "It's unbelievable" said Colombo. "It just feels right with him in there and that was a missing ingredient, that already feels better right now"
Chemistry breeds confidence and according to Tashard Choice, if the line has confidence, since it is the identity of the offense, the rest of the offense should embody that trait too.
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