O-line coach prom­ises ‘some nasty’

Colombo go­ing back to ba­sics af­ter tak­ing over for Alexan­der, says ‘sky’s the limit’

San Antonio Express-News (Sunday) - - Sports - By Ste­fan Steven­son

FRISCO — Marc Colombo brought Big Bertha to prac­tice.

The ex­tra large block­ing dummy sig­naled one of the changes Colombo is bring­ing to the Dal­las Cowboys’ of­fen­sive line af­ter he re­placed fired of­fen­sive line coach Paul Alexan­der on Mon­day

Mostly, though, it’s old school ex­cite­ment that Colombo says he’ll bring as a first-time OL coach.

“I just think we need to get back to who we are and what we do,” said Colombo, who has been an as­sis­tant line coach the past few sea­sons af­ter a nine-year NFL ca­reer, in­clud­ing more than five sea­sons with the Cowboys from 2005-2010. “I’m more of an old school guy in a sense.

“We’re go­ing to work, we’re go­ing to grind ev­ery day. Work­ing ev­ery sin­gle tech­nique, ev­ery drill. We’re go­ing to bring some vi­o­lence, some nasty to the game. We have to get back to our roots the past few years here which has been a nasty at­ti­tude and we’re go­ing to bring that.”

Colombo will move from the coach­ing booth to the field for games, in­clud­ing Mon­day night against the Ten­nessee Ti­tans. That will make for a qui­eter booth, of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Scott Line­han said.

“He knows the way we do things. The tran­si­tion is easy for a lot of rea­sons,” Line­han said. “He has tons of cred­i­bil­ity with those guys. He’s hard on them in a pos­i­tive way.”

The line­men won’t be ditch­ing all that Alexan­der had im­ple­mented, which in­cluded a dif­fer­ent style of block­ing tech­nique that some of the play­ers strug­gled to ei­ther grasp or buy into, but Colombo said there will be a re­turn to some of the pre­vi­ousused tech­niques.

“He was a great coach. His style is a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent than mine,” he said. “We’re go­ing to kind of pick up where we left off the past few years. We’re not com­pletely eras­ing what we’ve done. I’m go­ing to in­tro­duce some of the stuff we’ve done in the past and they’re really ex­cited about it. There’s a new air of en­ergy with the group and that was kind of my goal, to rein­vig­o­rate this group and get us ready to play.”

Colombo said that al­though the team is fourth in the league in rush­ing he doesn’t think they’ve blocked par­tic­u­larly well.

“They love the juice and the en­ergy (I’m bring­ing),” he said. “We know it wasn’t right so we need to get it right to­gether as a unit. That’s the way I teach it. These guys are more used to do­ing more of my style so that’s kind of what go­ing back to. I think I re­late to these guys well. Sky’s the limit for us.”

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