Your Expectations for Doug Free

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by CowboyMcCoy, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    What are they?

    I know this will tick off KJJ, but I'll reserve my opinion so I don't influence others' opinions. I will say, though, I've been high on this guy and I've been low. His career has been one of the most inconsistent of any Cowboy player.
  2. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    Looks like he's back to being a pretty decent RT. I think he get's that team option next year.
  3. boysfanindc

    boysfanindc Well-Known Member

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    Mechanics, Mechanics & Mechanics. When he plays with good technique, he can be pretty good, one he does not it is painful!

    He is not the kind of athlete, that can get away with bad technique.

    Let's hope muscle memory has kicked in and he does not get lazy, this is why I hope Parnell gets healthy just to scare him a little.
  4. Idgit

    Idgit If you food, you gonna be ate. Staff Member

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    I'll be very happy if he's healthy and 'adequate' all season. It's looking like he will be, but that's a cat that can flip on you at any point. He's a hard player to judge for the long-term.
  5. Zimmy Lives

    Zimmy Lives Well-Known Member

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    Solid play. That is all I ask.
  6. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Last year he was a 50-something rated tackle per PFF.

    If he was in the 30's this year I would be ecstatic.
  7. perrykemp

    perrykemp Well-Known Member

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    My goal is for him not to suck. Mid 30s would achieve that.
  8. cowboys2233

    cowboys2233 Well-Known Member

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    Just don't get our boy Romo killed. Give him just one second longer than you gave him last year. One second more. That's all I ask.
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  9. BoysFan4ever

    BoysFan4ever Well-Known Member

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    Not much!
  10. Galian Beast

    Galian Beast Well-Known Member

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    I think we're still going to need to help him out. Ultimately you would like two tackles who could hold the edge without help from the tight end. Which allows the tight end or extra wide receiver to be implemented in passing routes. Which opens up the offense. If Smith and Free can't hold the edge without Witten... they don't help us.
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  11. cowboys1985

    cowboys1985 Well-Known Member

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    He was a really good RT in 2009. Since then he got paid, he switched to LT then back to RT and pretty much sucked. He also lost $ with his restructured deal. If that hasn't humbled him then nothing will and we can write him off. However, This is his last chance and at least right now from all reports he's fixed his approach and mechanics and has played pretty well. I dunno if he will be as good as he was in 2009 ever again, but I believe he will be a competent RT.
  12. honyock

    honyock Well-Known Member

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    Adequate would be my hope. Solid would be great.
  13. Zordon

    Zordon Well-Known Member

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    Let's see if the technique changes they made stand the test of time. It's easier to maintain it now with the time they have to work on these details in training camp. I want to see it in Weeks 12, 13, 14, 15, etc.
  14. Corso

    Corso Well-Known Member

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    Would be nice if he did, wouldn't it?
  15. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Adequate, solid and dependable are all good words. If he could stay healthy and not get Romo killed that would be a good thing also.
  16. jobberone

    jobberone Kane Ala Staff Member

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    He does fairly well with the outside rush although I don't like his not sustaining some of those blocks. Where are all the Free sucks crowd?
  17. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    I'm here....but that was last year.

  18. KJJ

    KJJ You Have an Axe to Grind

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    That's not why you reserve your opinion you want to get a consensus first I already know how you tick. :) My feeling about Free is we'll find out where he is when the regular season starts. Can't come to any conclusions after 2 preseason games. I commented during the offseason that all the criticism Free has received along with having to take a big pay cut may motivate him. You're asking questions about Frederick and Free that will be answered in the regular season.

    It's when the real bullets start flying that you find out where players are. We do know that Free is capable of playing much better than we've seen the past 2 seasons. I feel pretty confident he'll be better than what we saw last season but not sure it will be good enough for him to be the long-term answer at the position.
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  19. jobberone

    jobberone Kane Ala Staff Member

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    Well, at least you aren't in hiding. :p And you're honest. :)
  20. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    Average at best...

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