The Dallas Cowboys keep taking one step forward and then two steps back. Every time the team does something relatively good, it does something moronic. The Cowboys’ latest idea of moving under-achieving right tackle Doug Free to guard is not one of their brightest in recent memory.
Free has been mentioned as a potential cap casualty this offseason, but Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, who is suddenly very outspoken regarding the teams’s personal decisions, said Free will remain in Dallas this year. Of course, he’s been needled about Free’s play and the plan to improve that, but Jones has stuck to the script: Free will either play guard or continue to battle with Jeremy Parnell for the starting right tackle job.
The thinking behind this is just another example that the Cowboys’ brass is completely ignorant when it comes to building a winning football team. Offensive tackles must be athletic, which Free relatively is, but guards must be strong and able to not only stand their ground in pass protection, but plow open holes for running backs. Free is softer than a baby’s butt and that’s no compliment; he got pushed around like a high school player last year after getting his big pay day, showing no effort, much less power in his game. So what makes the Cowboys think he can play guard?
Sure, free agent signees Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau were anything but good in their Dallas debuts last season, but Free isn’t going to be any better. Now if Free’s subpar play in 2012 was from a lack of quickness and/or athleticism, then a move to guard would make sense, but he’s weak and soft; that’s the opposite of what an NFL guard should be.
The best option for Dallas would be to cut Free and then take an offensive tackle in the 2013 NFL Draft to start opposite Tyron Smith. Free can’t cut it, so he shouldn’t be allowed this idiotic second chance that makes absolutely no sense.