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Broaddus thought something would go down Monday. That was three days ago. He was wrong on that. Regarding Free’s poor play, he said he started out playing well, but has suffered where technique is concerned and is not buying into Bill Callahan’s coaching:
“He started off very good for the first couple of years of his career. He started off playing right tackle then playing left tackle. All of a sudden, his technique became very poor and then you compound that with problems with strength and things like that. Again, when you watch Free play, he can be very athletic, but then you watch him miss with his punch. If he’s not able to slow somebody down with his hands and lets somebody get into his chest, he’s going to go backwards, and that’s the problem that he has. There were some things Bill Callahan was trying to do with him technique wise, and Doug wasn’t really buying into all that.”
Former scout Glenn “Stretch” Smith says the Cowboys could keep Free and still add Winston
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Smith thinks the Cowboys preferred Winston to Clabo, as the more athletic of the two. He says, contingent on Free accepting the pay cut, he could see moving Free to guard and adding Winston to play right tackle:
But even if Free agrees to reduce his salary to stay with the Cowboys, Smith said the team could still find a way to fit Winston into the fold by moving Free inside to guard. Free’s lack of lateral speed wouldn’t be as much of a problem on the interior line, but some have wondered if his height would be a hindrance for Free while trying to drive block defensive tackles in the running game.
Smith doesn’t have those concerns.
“The difference with him being 6’8” is he’s not a long, lower-body kid. When you get in trouble inside at 6’8″ is when you can’t sit and you can’t anchor,” Smith said. “When you’re real low and guys can pick you up and get up under your pads and you can’t play with that leverage, Doug Free is not that way. He’s kind of like [Jonathan] Ogden used to be. He’s a 6’8″ kid, but he’s not all legs, and he can anchor a little bit inside. I don’t think this would be a give-up situation at all to move him to guard.”
Who will it be? Doug Free? Eric Winston? Both? Doug Free doesn’t know…or he isn’t saying. The Cowboys are not showing their hand, either. The team is holding all the cards except the wild card, which if Eric Winston. If another team scoops him up, the odds favor Free.
However it comes out, the winner needs to be the fans…and winner take all.