Could Doug Free Be The Dallas Cowboys 2013 Offseason MVP?

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Second, Doug never once lashed out.  He had plenty of opportunities to do so.  He was at a charity softball game prior to his new contract and he was peppered with questions, even outright asked if he was “angry about his situation” with the Cowboys “expecting him to take a pay cut” which no one really knew the full details of at the time.  The guy didn’t flash anger; he didn’t bad mouth the organization as many other folks would have.  He said that his agent was working through it.  Wow!  Are you kidding me?!  If I was Doug, you would not have caught me dead at an official Dallas Cowboy function off the field in the first place, second I get a softball sized question asking me if I am pissed about a possible $7 mill pay cut and I don’t take a Babe Ruth sized swing at that bad boy?!

Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Through both his actions and words, Doug Free has exhibited an incredible amount of humility before, during, and after his contract negotiations.  He took the news of a pay cut like a true professional, acknowledged his shortcomings publicly, never bad mouthed the organization nor teammates while accepting responsibility for his own play, and finally he took a gargantuan pay cut which could carry with it a firing if he does not show better results over the next year.

Whatever you may think about Doug’s on the field play, you cannot in my opinion say the guy does not consider the good of the Dallas Cowboys. And you certainly can’t say he isn’t anything but humble to his core.  You have a renewed fan in me, Mr. Free, and I wish professional sports and the Dallas Cowboys had more players like you.

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  • John

    Yes, Doug Free is humble. But he has plenty to be humble about. Let’s hope he can regain his old form…

    • Matt

      Agreed, John. Free needs to step it up this year!

      • JoeDaBeast

        I have NO DOUBT that Doug Free will improve this season. Besides the normal comment of “he can’t get much worse”, he did switch from Romo’s blind side to Right Tackle, which is like night and day on the Offensive Line. Travis Frederick’s nastiness will be infectious and hope to go back to the mauling style of running the rock.

        • Matt

          Good point on position switch, Joe!

  • billy

    i absolutely agree with the writer. im very proud of doug even though i wanted rid of him just a few weeks ago. i thought he was a dead beat and just wanted the money and to go home but i was wrong and it looks like he is going to make a good come back. i certainly hope so. what i dont understand is why de didnt do this last year. i know he didnt forget how to play his position from one year to the next. i dont think ive ever seen this happen before. i mean i know sometimes athletes have bad years i get that but he was awful last year. now it seems that hes coming back to his old self. i say hurray for him but huh?

    • Matt

      It is a bit of a head scratcher why his play fell off so much, I agree. I keep hearing his technique breaks down, and if so that’s a discipline thing and should be easy to fix, but Free is obviously unreliable in his technique. Here’s to hoping he bounces back this year because that line needs him!