In a move announced not that long after last season was over, the Dallas Cowboys’ Tyron Smith will move to left tackle in 2012, where the team’s first round pick in 2011 will be charged with protecting Tony Romo’s blind side. Of course, this means that Doug Free will move to the right side.
But far from being bitter about the switch, Free is excited about the opportunity to better the line--which, after seeing their collective performance last year, certainly seems like it could use some improvement.
“I’ll do whatever we need to do to get the job done,” Free said recently, per ESPN Dallas. “I’m excited. If it’s what makes our team better, I’m all for it.”
Free admitted that he wasn’t terribly accustomed to right tackle, but, spurred on by the fact that he got his first taste of starting in the NFL as a right tackle back in 2010, he’s open to the experiment.
“It’s not particularly my best spot, maybe. Well, it might be, I don’t know,” Free said. “I played pretty well over there last time, I’d like to say. But it’s going to be different. I’ve played primarily left in my career, but whatever. It’s just switching over to the other side. I’ve done it before, and I’m ready to do it again.”
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