- Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas -- New Cowboys offensive coordinator/line coach Bill Callahan was asked about the kinds of mixes in age and experience he prefers on the offensive line and took a trip down memory lane to 2008 with the New York Jets.
The Jets had young linemen in left tackle DBrickashaw Ferguson and center Nick Mangold and the first move New York made was signing All-Pro guard Alan Faneca to a deal with $21 million in guaranteed money.
According to Callahan, Faneca helped raise the level of play of Ferguson to his left and helped Mangold see the game better.
You can’t help but wonder if New Orleans guard Carl Nicks can do for the Cowboys what Faneca did for the Jets provided the Saints are not able to re-sign him and the Cowboys are willing to shell out mega-millions.
“All I can go by is my experience with him at Nebraska and he was awfully talented,” Callahan said. “He’s really matured into the fine player he is today. He’s dominant in every respect. I think that his play provides a lot of firmness in that pocket for Drew [Brees] to step up into. I’ve got a lot of respect for Carl and how he’s developed himself as a pro in New Orleans. I have a good friend who’s the line coach there, and he speaks very highly of him. I’m happy for his success.”