Monday, October 4, 2010
Cowboys leaning left with Doug Free
By Dan Graziano
ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins has a story today indicating that Dallas Cowboys left tackle Doug Free has graded out higher than any offensive linemen on the team. Flozell Adams was one of the best left tackles in the league for years, but it's looking like the Cowboys released him at the right time. Offensive line coach Hudson Houck, who mentored the great Larry Allen, has been bragging on Free for the past two years.
"He's playing awfully well," Houck said. "It just goes to show if you hang around long enough and you're dedicated in what you do and you got great preparation, look what can be done. He's got good talent and he's maximizing his talent, which is really good for us to see."
Coach Wade Phillips said he thinks Free has played at a Pro Bowl level through three games, and I'd have to agree. In fact, I think Free's probably the best left tackle in the NFC East right now. After watching Eagles left tackle Jason Peters pick up two more holding penalties against Brian Orakpo on Sunday, Daily News columnist Paul Domowitch said that a federal investigation should be launched if he ends up in the Pro Bowl again. Peters is definitely overrated and the Giants' David Diehl has shown signs of slippage. (That performance against Dwight Freeney was sad).
Trent Williams is going to be an excellent player for the Redskins, but I think Free has the edge right now. Thoughts? Concerns?