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Tyron Smith is moving to left tackle

Tyron Smith, DeMarcus Ware AP

The Cowboys made an expected switch to their offensive line official on Thursday.

Tyron Smith, who had a strong rookie year at right tackle, will be the team’s starting left tackle next season. Doug Free will move back to right tackle. The move has been expected since the Cowboys took Smith ninth overall in the 2011 Draft and Free’s struggles this season made it a priority. The team didn’t want to move Smith, who played on the right side at USC, as a rookie because of the lack of offseason time to work on the move, but Jason Garrett said Thursday that they think the time is right.

“We gave Tyron some snaps at left tackle last year,” Garrett said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “We feel like he is ready to make that move now. We’re just trying to come up with the best combination.”

The Cowboys figure to make other moves on the offensive line this offseason. They are believed to be targeting upgrades at guard as they try to make their way back to the playoffs after falling short in each of the last two seasons.

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14 Responses to “Tyron Smith is moving to left tackle”
  1. romoscollarbone says: Feb 24, 2012 9:59 AM

    Doug Free whatta clown, should’ve let the Bucs have him.

  2. sportsmeccabi says: Feb 24, 2012 10:02 AM

    Upgrade the guards? Although that is a priority, I’m pretty sure having a competent center might be a tad more important. Costa and the other bums that played there were doing their best impersonation of the sliding glass doors in front of the supermarket.

  3. jenniferxxx says: Feb 24, 2012 10:07 AM

    I’m amazed … because 1) this is the Cowboys … and 2) it actually makes sense.

  4. cowboynation919 says: Feb 24, 2012 10:09 AM

    This is a great move. Played great at right tackle and Free was pretty hit and miss. Give the kid a full off season of preperation and he should be good to go (I hope).

    No Jerry listen to the fans..this entire draft only draft DEFENSE AND O LINE..But mostly D starting with the secondary.

  5. cowboyscountry says: Feb 24, 2012 10:17 AM

    Super Bowl XLVII, here we come!

  6. eaglesw00t says: Feb 24, 2012 10:32 AM

    Smart move. You invest all that into a kid, and you want him to be your LT for a decade. I hope he does experience growing pains against Trent Cole though, lol

  7. dalfanforever says: Feb 24, 2012 10:42 AM

    This was an easy move. Free was much better on the right anyway. Now jettison Kosier and bring in Kowalski as center, we’ll have something there. Costa was HORRIBLE as a center and got spooked easily against the better D-lineman, and Kosier is just slow and injury riddled.

  8. ottomanismydog says: Feb 24, 2012 10:56 AM

    how old is this dude – 22? a beast in the nfl at that age. keep workin hard kid and your family will be set for years to come!

  9. chocolatebaconbutter says: Feb 24, 2012 11:20 AM

    They still have Tony Romo though.

  10. lolb23 says: Feb 24, 2012 11:24 AM

    Now Romo can throw pick 6’s from behind him on he left side.

  11. rickastleydancemoves says: Feb 24, 2012 11:45 AM

    Since he is a cowboy, after the 2012-13 season, they’ll be talk about how he is arguably the best tackle in football

  12. cisco03 says: Feb 24, 2012 12:18 PM

    No hes 21. Last year he was the youngest rookie in the league and he turned 21 near the end of the season.

  13. justbust says: Feb 24, 2012 2:30 PM

    Now he can block demarcus ware in practice. With competition like that he’s gonna grow up extra quick or die at left tackle

  14. tonyromoisterrible says: Feb 24, 2012 6:08 PM

    This could not be better news for the rest of the NFC East. Smith is a mental midget, and will not succeed at left tackle. Free is still the most penalized tackle in football and will continue to be no matter where he is on the line. Dallas will finish last in the league next year, and Jerrah will die of a heart attack.

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