They play the least glamorous positions in football
They play the least glamorous positions in football. Minus their helmets and jerseys, few fans would recognize even the perennial Pro Bowl picks. But there's no questioning the importance of a good offensive line to an NFL's team success.
Remember that the Redskins, who hadn't won even a playoff game during the previous nine years, surged to three Lombardi Trophies and four NFC titles from 1982-91, had three starting quarterbacks (Joe Theismann, Doug Williams and Mark Rypien) and three No. 1 backs (John Riggins, Timmy Smith and Earnest Byner). However, half of their forward wall (Joe Jacoby, Jeff Bostic and Don Warren) remained intact for Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs throughout the decade.
Or look at last year's Redskins. By Week 5, four fifths of the line that had helped produce a 7-4 start in 2008 was gone. Left guard Pete Kendall hadn't been re-signed. Right tackle Jon Jansen had been cut. And left tackle Chris Samuels and right guard Randy Thomas had suffered season-ending injuries. Washington, which went to Carolina 2-2, won just two of its remaining 12 games, costing coach Jim Zorn and the entire offensive staff their jobs.
And how about the current Cowboys? Only Super Bowl champion New Orleans had a better offense than Dallas in 2009. Not coincidentally, four of the five offensive linemen started all 16 games. Only right tackle Marc Colombo missed time. But left tackle Flozell Adams was cut during the offseason and Colombo and left guard Kyle Kosier have been hurt this summer. So with the same skill position players, Dallas' starters have managed just one touchdown and two field goals in four possessions this preseason. Quarterback Tony Romo and running backs Marion Barber and Felix Jones must cry when they look at their statistics.
All of this is a precursor to ranking the lines of the four NFC East teams. sfdddddf0