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Cowboys' O-line given ultimatum

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08:08 AM ET 09.27 | The Dallas offensive line is on notice. Offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Callahan didn't even try to defend the indefensible. He came right out and stated the obvious about the horrendous play of the Dallas Cowboys' offensive line the past two weeks against the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They have had too many flags, allowed too many hits on battered quarterback Tony Romo and given up too many tackles for losses to bog down the running game. ... Right guard Mackenzy Bernadeau has been put on notice that his play must improve or the Cowboys will consider replacing him with veteran backup Derrick Dockery. Bernadeau was one of two free-agent guards the Cowboys targeted and signed in the off-season.

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September 27, 2012  08:38 AM ET

I guess we don't get a referee thread, do we?

Three cheers for the refs. It will probably be the last time I salute them all season, but right now they're the winners.

September 27, 2012  08:43 AM ET

Ultimatum....perform or else! Or else what??? It's pretty hard to find a new O line this time of the year...

September 27, 2012  08:46 AM ET

This was obvious before training camp even started.

September 27, 2012  08:51 AM ET

This is a coaching issue, too, and the Callahan comment stinks of blame-shifting Do your job better instead of bitching, Bill.

September 27, 2012  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I guess we don't get a referee thread, do we?Three cheers for the refs. It will probably be the last time I salute them all season, but right now they're the winners.

+1.

September 27, 2012  08:55 AM ET

Well, now that the scapegoats have been identified, the Cowboys can move forward. What Callahan is doing is probably the emptiest gesture of the season. Someone should ask Romo after the next game whether or not it made the hits feel any better now that everyone knows the line was put on notice.

September 27, 2012  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Ultimatum....perform or else! Or else what??? It's pretty hard to find a new O line this time of the year...

True... This time of year, you can only blame the guy who put the O-Line together.

September 27, 2012  09:17 AM ET

Jerry Jones is the greatest Owner/GM of all time!

No, wait. That would be George Halas.

September 27, 2012  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Ultimatum....perform or else! Or else what??? It's pretty hard to find a new O line this time of the year...

Just for laughs, I googled "o line."

The second hit was this from the National Zoo:

"It's a thrilling sight to see the orangutans traveling on the O Line."

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September 27, 2012  09:49 AM ET

Same ol song and dance for the Cowgirls

September 27, 2012  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I guess we don't get a referee thread, do we?Three cheers for the refs. It will probably be the last time I salute them all season, but right now they're the winners.

It should be a fun night tonight. The replacement replacement refs will be sharp as tacks. Blown calls? You betcha!

September 27, 2012  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

That Green Bay disaster was truly a blessing in disguise(in more ways than one). If not for the harsh attention it had received, these replacement refs would probably still be on the field for several more weeks.

Yeah. And credit the HCs who got in the replacement refs' faces, inviting fines by Goofdell in defiance of his stupid "don't disrespect the refs" proclamation.

September 27, 2012  10:06 AM ET

The OL was always one of the strengths of the Cowboys in their SB years.

September 27, 2012  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

It should be a fun night tonight. The replacement replacement refs will be sharp as tacks. Blown calls? You betcha!

Ordinarily, I wouldn't think the refs could make a difference in a Browns-Ravens game, but this year? Who knows? If the Vikings can beat the Niners, can the Browns end their winless season tonight?

September 27, 2012  10:44 AM ET
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If the Vikings can beat the Niners, can the Browns end their winless season tonight?

Answer: no. Mismatch par excellence.

September 27, 2012  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

The OL was always one of the strengths of the Cowboys in their SB years.

a looooooooooooong time ago!!!

September 27, 2012  11:08 AM ET

Somebody needs do do something.

 
September 27, 2012  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Ordinarily, I wouldn't think the refs could make a difference in a Browns-Ravens game, but this year? Who knows? If the Vikings can beat the Niners, can the Browns end their winless season tonight?

I doubt it

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