Dallas assistant Houck ready for challenge

ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins reports that Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Hudson Houck, 68, is excited about developing the team's young linemen.

Writes Watkins: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones jokes all the time how Houck is the highest-paid offensive line coach in the game at $1 million per season. But there were concerns about the lack of improvement from several young offensive linemen -- most recently Robert Brewster, a third-round pick in 2009.

And when the Cowboys drafted USC tackle Tyron Smith, the question again was raised about Houck's ability to work with young players.

"I love young players," Houck said. "I’m excited."

Houck, entering his 29th season, has been an NFL coach longer than Smith, 20, has been alive.