After a season of Tyron Smith at right tackle and Doug Free at left, the Dallas Cowboys are open to the idea of flipping the two, employing their 2011 first round pick Smith as the protector of Tony Romo’s blindside, in 2012.
In the introduction of the Cowboys’ new-look coaching staff on Thursday, head coach Jason Garrett responded to the idea, which has been floating around on blogs and the like since season’s end if not before then, by acknowledging that the team will consider it as they move into the offseason.
"It's certainly a possibility," Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas. "That was a possibility when we first drafted Tyron and one of the many things that was attractive about him was his physical ability to play both right and left tackle in this league. And if you remember, we gave him a chance a little bit early in training camp to have a couple of days playing the left side. He played two years at [Southern California] as a right tackle. He was a 20-year-old kid who didn't have an offseason, so we felt like, hey, we gave him a little snap shot of that, probably best for him right now to stay on the right side and he did a really good job for us this year.
“But he does have the physical traits as does Doug to play both sides. It's something we'll talk about as we continue to watch the tape."
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