Jan 1, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (rear) gets wrapped up by New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora (72) as Cowboys offensive tackle Doug Free (68) tries to block at MetLife Stadium. New York Giants defeat the Dallas Cowboys 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Should Cowboys Tackle Doug Free Be Moved To Guard?


News coming out of the Dallas Cowboys practice on Wednesday indicated starting right tackle Doug Free spent some time at right guard in drills. Free, who was the most penalized lineman in the NFL last season,  has never played guard at any level. But the Cowboys offensive line is disseminated with injuries right now. And the Cowboys coaching staff has vowed to start the best five lineman, regardless of position. Could that include moving Free from tackle to guard?

Last year’s starting guard, Nate Livings, is sidelined after undergoing his second knee surgery this year. And with his expected replacement, guard Ron Leary, also out till the start of the regular season, the O-line’s depth is quickly thinning. Mackenzy Bernadeau, last year’s other stater at guard, returned from injury just in time to play in last week’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Career back-up David Arkin filled-in as the other starting guard in that game and nearly played the whole game. This possible Free move means the Cowboys aren’t very confident going into the regular season with Arkin as a possible starter.

The bigger question now is if Free is moved to guard, who will take his place? Tackle Jeremy Parnell is the obvious answer, who took his place at right tackle during Wednesday’s drills. Yet Parnell just recently returned from injury himself. And for some reason, he was a healthy scratch for Saturday’s game against the Cardinals.

This move could also signal good news concerning free agent signee Demetress Bell. The former Philadelphia Eagles tackle was signed during training camp but was unable to practice due to failing his conditioning test. Bell spent the last three weeks getting back into game-shape and was able to play in last Saturday’s preseason game for the first time.

Here’s the question I pose to you:  Should the Cowboys move Doug Free to guard? Leave your answer in the poll below. And explain why in the comment section.

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Should Cowboys Tackle Doug Free Be Moved To Guard?

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  • Sam Lane

    Free, at the guard position? Oxymoron question, until there is a trace of evidence, he can handle the position.

  • David Kerr

    The man is always moving backwards. More blocking assignments for Free will not bode well for the Cowboys

  • weather command

    I am relieved to know that the cowboys are in such good shape on both their offensive and defensive lines! I also was well aware that the cowboys needed to concentrate in that area during the draft…apparently Jerry Jones felt differently. He is an idiot…must be nice to have your own fantasy football team?