IRVING, Texas -- Left tackle Tyron Smith received praise from coaches and teammates for his touchdown-saving horse-collar tackle in the season opener.
His league-leading three false starts, however, certainly weren’t worthy of celebration.
It’s an issue Smith vows will be cleaned up by the time the Cowboys arrive at high-decibel CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Sunday. The 21-year-old tackle, who switched sides this offseason, attributed the problem more to a lack of familiarity with center Ryan Cook than facing All-Pro defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
“It’s more just being on the same page as the center on the snap count,” said Smith, who was called for four false starts during his rookie season. “That’s why I was offsides a few times. We’re more on the same page this week. It’ll help this week coming up.”
Cook, who was acquired from the Dolphins for a seventh-round pick after the preseason finale, had only a few practices with the Cowboys before the opener. He was forced into the lineup when center Phil Costa lower back tightened up on the first series of the win over the Giants.
The Cowboys know Costa won’t be available this week, so Cook is getting the practice reps with the starters. The hope is that will help the Cowboys avoid pre-snap penalties after committing five false starts last week.
“Everybody’s on more of the same page this week with the new center we have moving in,” Smith said. “He’s working hard and everybody’s working hard as a unit to get everything cleaned up.”