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Tyron Smith Trying Not To Dwell On Penalty Woes

Through three weeks, Smith leads the league in false starts

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Tyron Smith Trying Not To Dwell On Penalty Woes

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Tyron Smith has probably been the Cowboys’ best offensive lineman in 2012, but this doesn’t mean he’s been great. For one, the line as a whole has been really, really bad, and for two, through three games, Smith has been the false startingest lineman in all of football.

Smith has a league-high five false start penalties, and six penalties overall in his first season at left tackle thus far. While the second-year USC product admits it’s hard not to be miffed by the trend, he thinks it best not to dwell on it moving forward.

"It bothers me to have a penalty but the thing is to not think about it and move on from it," Smith said, per ESPN Dallas. "If you think about it, it's going to bother you and mess up your game."

As offensive line coach Bill Callahan pointed out this week, the already struggling offensive line’s work isn’t getting any easier in week four, when the vaunted Chicago Bears pass rush comes to town for a Monday Night matchup.

"All their up front guys are high-motor guys, real high-effort guys," Smith said. "They know what they're doing up front and they don't give up."

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