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News: Dallas Cowboys: Why Doug Free Could Still Play Right Tackle in 2013

Discussion in 'News Zone' started by jobberone, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. jobberone

    jobberone Kane Ala Staff Member

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    Not sure there was a bigger disappointment for the 2012 Dallas Cowboys than the play of right tackle Doug Free.

    I didn’t bother looking up the actual numbers, but I know that Free was close to leading the league as the most penalized player, in the NFL—not as an offensive lineman, but player.

    What exactly happened here is hard to understand, let alone explain. I’m sure that even owner and GM Jerry Jones is scratching his head, wondering how things have gone so awry on the offensive line.

    Free hasn’t exactly had a fair shake, even though he did sign that four-year, $32 million contract immediately following the conclusion of the 2011 lockout.

    Free’s contract, combined with his level of play over the past two seasons, is a big problem.

    But the bigger one is Jones himself.
  2. DCBoysfan

    DCBoysfan Hardwork and Dedication Zone Supporter

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    I want Dallas to draft the best interior OL or DL that's falls to 18.
  3. jobberone

    jobberone Kane Ala Staff Member

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    I hope they can get the BPA but that's not a bad option.
  4. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    Free isn't going anywhere.
  5. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    famous last words
  6. jobberone

    jobberone Kane Ala Staff Member

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    I have no idea what will happen. We are short on tackles and Free has a monstrous salary. Those are somewhat adversarial.
  7. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler

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    I don't think Free goes anywhere either. He will get one more chance to prove it was an abnormality IMO. If he was making minimal money, then he would be cut.
  8. lwehlers

    lwehlers Well-Known Member

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    i believe that free will not be released. free and parnell and maybe a draft pick will fight for the starting tackle spot. if parnell and the rookie play better then free then he will be released. if not then free will be here one more year. to me as bad as free played last year i still hate to say that he will be on the team next year.
  9. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    Don't agree with the article at all.

    Moving positions a lot doesn't really mean anything to me when you have been playing the position you are projected to play and looked physically incapable to keep up with outside speed or inside power.

    It's not a matter of him being in position and getting beat, most of the time he can't even get into position. He looked as slow as one-legged Colombo did at the end of his tenure and there were times where he literally was blasted right into Romo's lap.

    I think it might have been Fuzzy who said it a while back but Free has the sort of peak and fall in performance you'd expect from a guy who was roiding.

    There is no case to keep the other guy than for cap purposes of not being able to absorb the total high right now.
  10. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    whether he stays or goes all depends on the cap situation and where the team is. If they need space this year and he gets them some as a June cut then he goes.
  11. CyberB0b

    CyberB0b Village Idiot

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    Either way, it's a tough spot to be in.
  12. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    If this freaking turnstyle is still in a Dallas uniform next year, the whole organization needs to be blown to pieces.

    Jason, Jerry, Kiffin, the scouts, the waterboys, and the towel guy.

    Players will not succeed in an environment where crappy guys get $8 mil a year and suffer no consequences.
  13. dart

    dart Benched

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    oh I agree
  14. sbark

    sbark Well-Known Member

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    He should spend all season in the OLine clinic that resurected Hollands career to a degree. Maybe they could at least make him serviceable.

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    I've said this many times. I don't think Free is a RT.
  16. InmanRoshi

    InmanRoshi Zone Scribe

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    Free isn't Rob Pettiti. He's played the position at a high level for entire seasons and was a coveted free agent by other front offices, which is why Dallas had to outbid Tampa Bay to keep him as a UFA. IMHO, it's mostly a confidence issue, which then causes you to lose faith in your technique.
  17. ABQcowboyJR

    ABQcowboyJR Well-Known Member

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    The best thing we can do for Free is get a great guard next to him. When he has had a decent guard next to him he has played very well.
  18. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    that excuse is just that - an excuse

    Does not mean a thing with all the 1 on 1 battles he lost.
  19. DBOY3141

    DBOY3141 Well-Known Member

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    I don't think having Tampa chase you is automatically a sign that you are good. Free is not a good tackle, he stunk last year. He makes way too much money and that money could be used elsewhere.

    Time to cut our losses.
  20. Zimmy Lives

    Zimmy Lives Well-Known Member

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    I agree with the writer of the article. Free is not going anywhere but Dallas does need to have a back plan which can only come from the draft.

    Draft: DE/DT, safety, guard/center.

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