Tyron Smith says shift to left tackle 'not very complicated'
The Dallas Cowboys are flip-flopping their offensive tackles, a move that was expected this year now that 2011 draft pick Tyron Smith has season under his belt.
Smith is making the shift to left tackle and Doug Free will move back to the right side after spending the last two seasons at left tackle. It probably puts both players at their more natural position, and the hope is it gives the Cowboys an elite pass protector on Tony Romo’s blind side.
“It's not very complicated at all,” Smith said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “You just got to convert everything you did on the right side over to the left side.”
But Smith has not played on the left side since his freshman year at USC in 2008. So, there is going to be an adjustment period.
“The more and more you do it, it just kind of fits in and kind of becomes second nature to you,” Smith said. “I know a lot of people expect a lot of things from a left tackle so I'm basically trying to not disappoint.”
From a physical standpoint, Smith has everything you would look for in a left tackle. The ninth overall pick from last year is someone new offensive coordinator Bill Callahan has raved about, saying he has never worked with a player as physically gifted as Smith. That is high praise.
We’ll see how the transition works out. Free has played well at right tackle for the Cowboys in the past. The club envisioned Smith as a left tackle when he was drafted. Now, Dallas will find out if it was on the money.
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