3 reasons why the Cowboys should keep Tyron Smith

Tyron Smith #77 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
Tyron Smith #77 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) /
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Tyron Smith #77 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

It has definitely not been easy, but like the Dallas Cowboys front office, the time has come to move on and start embracing the offseason. From evaluating prospects to thinking about free agents, the offseason is upon Cowboys Nation.

The team is currently in wait-and-see mode as they have to be ready to replace any coaches that could potentially depart. The Dallas brass definitely has a few things to think about, but one of the items on the agenda that should not be a problem is the offensive tackle situation. The calls are loud enough to warrant a response, but the situation shouldn’t even be an issue.

The Cowboys find themselves in a position where they have to decide on two of the three interior line positions. Right guard Zack Martin is the only person inside who should feel comfortable about their future in Dallas. Free agent left guard Connor Williams and center Tyler Biadasz will no doubt hear criticism from this fanbase.

Calling for Dallas to replace Tyron Smith is silly but let’s get it out of the way. There are multiple reasons floating around why people want to move on from him but I cannot find one that I can get on board with. Since I cannot find a Tyron train I am willing to cruise on, I decided to build my own ride. Addressing the Tyron mystery revealed some very interesting facts.

Here are 3 reasons why the Dallas Cowboys should keep Tyron Smith

3. His level of play

On the field, Smith is still one of the premier left tackles in the game today. His 91.4 PFF grade is only behind San Francisco 49ers left tackle Trent Williams. If you were not aware, Williams received the highest grade PFF has ever issued this season.

That means Smith was ranked as the second-best left tackle only behind the best-graded player ever at the position in PFF’s relatively short grading history. I couldn’t imagine being one of the best in the world at something and also having the fanbase that is supposed to support you want to casually toss you aside for the unknown.

Don’t forget how many times the Cowboys changed offensive line strategies.

Smith only allowed two sacks in 738 snaps played this season. He did register seven penalties which isn’t great, but it’s not like Smith had a roller coaster of a season.  PFF tweeted this visual back in October and his final grade is almost identical to the one he ended the season with.

Tyron Smith has been consistent on the field since his arrival from USC, but his inconsistency in staying on the field is where I see much of the abandonment talk.

I hear you and I have listened. I just don’t understand the theory. Getting better by moving on from your best players is not an ideal strategy for me.