Offensive linemen are almost always overlooked when the NFL hands out its Player of the Week awards. But Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith was too good to ignore on Sunday.
The NFL has named Smith the NFC Offensive Player of the Week after a great game against the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday. Smith had a great game individually (a highlight was the block that sprung Dallas’s longest run of the game, a 38-yard scamper by Joseph Randle off the left tackle) and the Cowboys’ offensive line had a great game collectively, as Tony Romo was sacked only once.
Smith is the first lineman to win an Offensive Player of the Week award since Chiefs guard Brian Waters got the award in 2004.
For all the grief Jerry Jones gets as a general manager, it’s worth pointing out that Jones has overseen the building of an excellent offensive line in Dallas, and Smith is the centerpiece. Jones took Smith with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, and Jones locked Smith up with an eight-year contract this year. Smith is going to be a big part of the Cowboys’ success for a long time. Maybe even long enough to win another Player of the Week award, which the NFL typically only gives to an offensive lineman about once a decade.