The dynamic Dallas O-line with a great running back has long been the backbone of the Cowboy offense. Multiple times in recent seasons, a Dallas Cowboy running back has been the NFL Rushing leader, including Elliot in 2016 and 2018 and DeMarco Murray in 2014. A great deal of their success can be credited to the offensive line.
Dallas has had one of the more dominant offensive lines in the NFL. Last year, this unit ranked 4th in the NFL and came in 2nd in the category of sacks allowed by the offensive lineman. The three most notable of this group are Travis Frederick, Zach Martin, and Tyron Smith. The line is rounded out with La’el Collins and Conner Williams. These players are the reason Prescott is kept safe, and they work hard to create holes for Elliot to run through.
Travis Frederick recently announced his retirement telling reporters that he was unable to give 100% after sitting out the entire 2018 season due to his Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disease that attacks the body’s nervous system. With Frederick gone, people began to worry about Elliot and the run game. The Cowboys, however, need not worry too much as talent remains.
This offensive line has a considerable amount of veteran talent, and with the front office bringing in solid lineman annually from the draft and free agency, they have little to worry about. Dallas still has Joe Looney in their lineup, and he was able to help Elliot achieve the most rushing yards in the 2018 season, and overall help them make a decent playoff run in the 2018 postseason.
Even with Frederick retired, the Cowboys will still be a force to be reckoned. During the draft, Jerry Jones and Mike McCarthy were able to secure another offensive lineman, Tyler Biadasz, from Wisconsin, the same school that Frederick was drafted from back in 2013. The coaching staff can take this new, malleable player and groom him to be a great center.
Elliot will still be able to run all over the defenders this upcoming 2020 season thanks to Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, La’el Collins, Connor Williams, and Joe Looney to run behind. The team will be different with Frederick being gone, but the dominant running game of the Dallas Cowboys will be alive and well for the foreseeable future.