News: Right tackle rotation will continue

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    Dec 13


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    By Calvin Watkins |

    Normally a swing tackle spot is reserved for a veteran player, not a young one such as Parnell, who was a basketball player in college before deciding to play football in his senior season at Mississippi.

    "You're not real comfortable, I wasn't coming in," offensive line coach Bill Callahan said. "Where's this fella at? He's our third tackle? He's got to come in and step up right away. He's given everyone the confidence that he can step up and play and take a starters role and be at both spots and provide great competition. As he grows through the years, I think it's going to be great for him."

    Given Callahan's comments and the actions of the Cowboys last week, you have to think Free's future with the Cowboys is in doubt. But Callahan praised how Free has handled splitting time at tackle. For the second consecutive week, Free and Parnell shared snaps with the first team in practice.

    "No one loves Doug Free more than I do," Callahan said. "I think he's a consummate pro, I think he comes to work (he's) the first in and last out. He's great for the room, he provides great leadership and example of our room, he studies better than any pro I've ever been around. He's well prepared, well versed, he has the answers before I even finish the sentence, again, it's tough but we're doing the best thing in terms of what we need for our club and for our ball team. Those are tough decisions and I think it helps everybody. It provides a little bit more competition and you get a little bit more heightened awareness at your spot. I think he'll tell ya, we got to get better and we got to get a little bit more production from that side so we're just trying to improve it anyway we can."

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  2. CowboysYanksLakers

    CowboysYanksLakers Well-Known Member

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    I think Parnell will have a real chance to start in 2013
  3. jrumann59

    jrumann59 Well-Known Member

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    If he does this that means the team did not find a right tackle in the draft or FA that is better than him. And that means another year of inconsistent line play. Free gets abused by speed rushers Parnell makes all rushers loo like speed rushers.
  4. Idgit

    Idgit That sounds really boring Staff Member

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    Any specific examples of this? I've thought he's played pretty well, on both sides, when he's been in.
  5. CoCo

    CoCo Well-Known Member

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    The answer to our O-line problems will not be found in replacing them all. Its unrealistic to expect that can b edone in a single offseason. Most critics will probably grant the hope for improvement by Tyron because he's young. Well, so is Parnell.

    Maybe we can get a couple new & improved pieces. But we're also going to need a couple of the holdovers to improve. Frankly, I expect Smith, Parnell, Livings, Bernadeau, Costa, Cook and Kowalski to all be in the mix next year along with a couple new faces. Perhaps Free as well but I think his contract plays into his potential to return.
  6. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Callahan said all the right things in that piece.
  7. CowboyFan74

    CowboyFan74 Cowboys Analyst

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    Key words right there, nothing about Free playing hurt....
  8. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Oh for the next 3 games? I was really wanting this to be an offseason article.
  9. BraveHeartFan

    BraveHeartFan We got a hat. I want a ring.

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    I'm ok with Parnell as long as they fix at least two of the other spots.

    They need to fix a minimum of two of the starting spots.

    C and a G or possibly both Guards. Maybe center and tackle.

    Don't care how they go about it as long as they fix at least 2 of the positions. I would love to see them fix 3 of them but I'd be pretty happy with serious upgrades at two of them.
  10. jrumann59

    jrumann59 Well-Known Member

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    He was passable for a fill in but every time I saw passing down he was beaten. Free has bad footwork Parnell takes to a long to get out of his stance. I expect free to manhandled by bull rushes but Parnell is just as bad but he looks the part except the roller skates.
  11. Reality

    Reality Administrator Staff Member

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    Between this and the "No one loves football more than him" cliches players and writers have been throwing out lately, the significance and credibility of those phrases has declined.

    Not to mention, you can view that as no one else is fond of Doug Free "except" Callahan and rightly so given his rapid decline and the risks to Romo's survivability with Free protecting him.

    Ever notice how every player is the first in and last out when team personnel are interviewed?

    If he studies harder than any other player and is well prepared, then that confirms Doug Free is just not a good player.

  12. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    One thing to note is that it was Free who closed out the Bengals game. So while there was a rotation, it ended at the critical moment in the game. The trust factor means, Free will have the edge in certain moments.
  13. jobberone

    jobberone Kane Ala Staff Member

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    I haven't looked at the all 22 for that game but my impression was they stopped the experiment for good reason.
  14. CopenhagenCowboy

    CopenhagenCowboy Well-Known Member

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    That's exactly what I was thinking.
  15. davidyee

    davidyee Maple Leaf

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    ...gave us coach speak for "we are in trouble and willing to do anything".

    It doesn't bode well for Free in terms of the coach's trust in him as a quality starter right now.
  16. dallasdave

    dallasdave Well-Known Member

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    Need to rotate Free to lockerroom.:laugh2:
  17. jobberone

    jobberone Kane Ala Staff Member

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    The fact that Free is marginal and Parnell is submarginal should frighten more people.
  18. pancakeman

    pancakeman Well-Known Member

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    Exactly what I was thinking.

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