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Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones entered 2012 thinking he was in good shape at offensive tackle.
The Cowboys have been shuffling tackles for far too long, and they really only have one guy who looks to be a long-term answer at one tackle spot or the other.
Sound confusing already?
Tyron Smith was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft and was immediately penciled in as the starter at right tackle.
After a successful rookie campaign at the very position he played in college at USC, Jones decided to find out if Smith could play left tackle, especially since current right tackle Doug Free had already shown he could not do it on the left side.
First of all, why move Smith to a position he’s never played before?
This was Jones hoping to have his cake and eat it too—and we’ve seen this before.
It wasn’t long ago that Jones became convinced that Free could replace former right tackle Marc Colombo and, after learning that he could, wanted to find out if he could replace left tackle Flozell Adams!
Let’s try this: Draft a tackle to play on the left side or sign a guy like Ryan Clady in free agency. After that, move Smith to his natural place on the right side and do this right.
Romo cannot continue squeaking by with 60-plus pass attempts per game. He also needs a running game and the Cowboys entered Sunday’s Eagles game dead last in the NFL in rushing.
Tackles are arguably the most important and most difficult offensive linemen to find. This position sets the tone for the entire line and it begins with protecting the opponent’s most threatening pass-rushers.
Dallas knows it has one tackle for sure.
But now it needs another.
Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn via Twitter offered his sentiments on Free during Sunday night’s game.
This just has to stop.