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Jason Garrett likes how Tyron Smith is approaching left tackle

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After playing right tackle throughout college and as an NFL rookie last year, Tyron Smith is moving to the left side of the Cowboys’ offensive line. And Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has nothing but positive things to say about how Smith is working at his new position.

My observations are that he’s handled it very well,” Garrett said, via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “If you remember, Tyron last year was a 20-year-old [rookie] on Day 1. The first play of the first practice, he was our starting right tackle, and he handled that well. We went to play the Jets in the first game and a really challenging defense, good players, really good scheme, difficult to play against, and he really didn’t blink. That’s been his history.”

The Cowboys spent the ninth overall pick on Smith in last year’s draft with the idea that he’d eventually be their starting left tackle, even though he spent his entire USC career at right tackle. (Matt Kalil, drafted fourth overall by the Vikings this year, beat Smith out for the left tackle spot in college.) Garrett said Smith is ready for the move now.

“We said. ‘Ty, we’re going to move you to left.’ He said, ‘OK.’ He started getting in a left-handed stance and started setting that way,” Garrett said. “He seems to be doing well. He’s a serious-minded kid. He works very hard. He’s physically tough. He’s mentally tough. I think he has some deep-down confidence, which is a really important thing and rightfully so. He’s a guy who never thinks it’s right. He’s a guy who’s always working a little after practice and always trying to refine it, and we think that’s a good thing, too. He’s got a long way to go over there, but he’s going about it the right way.”

Tony Romo will need Smith to keep going about it the right way.

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11 Responses to “Jason Garrett likes how Tyron Smith is approaching left tackle”
  1. solomon151 says: Jun 8, 2012 10:32 AM

    Just waiting on the haters to come out……

  2. jerrysandusky1 says: Jun 8, 2012 10:36 AM

    I think Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones have the same plastic surgeon. They look like twins.

  3. heyguru1969 says: Jun 8, 2012 10:41 AM

    He sounds like the perfect fit, and the ‘Boys can use a guy with maturity and a great attitude to anchor the line. Having weapons and no time to throw has been Romo’s downfall for years now, so while it’s early there is excited anticipation, too. This will remain the toughest division in football top to bottom, especially if RG3 is anything like advertised.

  4. macgee10 says: Jun 8, 2012 10:47 AM

    He’ll be fine there. Him and Livings need to work together.

  5. folkcrusader says: Jun 8, 2012 10:49 AM

    I thought Doug “let them run” Free was a natural left tackle?

  6. jbcommonsense says: Jun 8, 2012 10:54 AM

    “We said. ‘Ty, we’re going to move you to left.’ He said, ‘OK.’ He started getting in a left-handed stance and started setting that way”

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    Uh-oh, looks like the Cowboys have landed a genius at left tackle.

  7. RedRuffensor says: Jun 8, 2012 12:08 PM

    Gotta wonder how good Kalil is and will be, cuz he was younger than Smith and, yet, beat him out for the LT position at USC.

  8. romoscollarbone says: Jun 8, 2012 12:33 PM

    Khalil is older than Tyron, he redshirted. Tyron did not.

  9. DCBlueStar says: Jun 8, 2012 12:55 PM

    Matt Kalil, drafted fourth overall by the Vikings this year, beat Smith out for the left tackle spot in college.

    Not true. Smith was the original LT, but due to an injury, moved to right. When Kalil came, the coaches didn’t want to mess with the chemistry of the line, so they kept them where they were at.

    I bet my bank account, in 10 years… Smith will have had the better career.

  10. 1985bears says: Jun 8, 2012 1:00 PM

    Sure wish WE had a left tackle…

  11. omgmall says: Jun 8, 2012 1:59 PM

    @RedRuffensor
    Gotta wonder how good Kalil is and will be, cuz he was younger than Smith and, yet, beat him out for the LT position at USC.

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    Last time I checked Tyron Smith was born in 1990 and Kalil was born in 1989 so how is Kalil younger again? Please tell me I would love to know.

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