Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cowboys Unconcerned About Romo’s Blind Side

Source: Sporting News

Cowboys fans worry that new LT Doug Free(notes) isn’t up to the job of protecting QB Tony Romo’s(notes) blind side. Free, who started seven games at right tackle in ’09, is no lock to win the job but it is his job to lose. The Cowboys did trade for underperforming Alex Barron(notes), who started 74 games in St. Louis, to provide some camp competition.

"I think they just think it’s too good to be true," owner/G.M. Jerry Jones told the Dallas Morning News. "There wasn’t any dropoff when he stepped in for (Marc) Colombo. He changed our mind about him last season."

When Free, 26, took over for injured LT Flozell Adams(notes) in the playoffs, he was abused by Vikings All-Pro DE Jared Allen(notes). In all fairness, Free hadn’t had much practice at the position and was facing one of the NFL’s two best defensive ends.

"Fans don’t seem to care who’s at left tackle unless he’s a first-round pick," line coach Hudson Houck told the Morning News, "but Doug has everything you want in a tackle. He has good feet, he’s athletic, his arm length is 34 or 35 (inches), which is fine, and he’s a good run blocker and pass blocker."