The left side of the offensive line emerged as a problem for the Dallas Cowboys before the season even began.

Tyron Smith going down during the preseason left a hole at the blindside spot. And that situation forced rookie Tyler Smith into a position that he was unprepared for. That kind of formula rarely results in success.

To Smith’s credit, he had a strong start to his first season in the league. He played well at left tackle, was a force in the run game, and showed real promise in pass protection. Lately, however, the Cowboys have struggled with the rookie at left tackle.

Changes could be right around the corner. In fact, Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy suggested that the team might be making a move at that position in the near future.

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Jason Peters signed with the Dallas Cowboys shortly after the Tyron Smith injury. However, the Cowboys have played the veteran lineman at guard — not his typical tackle position. He has rotated next to Tyler Smith on the left side in the games that he has played with Dallas.

That role appears to be changing. Peters did not play a snap in the loss to the Packers. Instead, the Cowboys used the off week to prepare the nine-time Pro Bowler to potentially take over left tackle duties.

Offensive line guru and trainer Duke Mayweather has been advocating for the Cowboys to play Peters at the blindside spot since the signing. That now appears to be in the works of happening as Dallas makes their second half of the season push.

Such a move would have the opportunity to pay off big for the Cowboys. It would allow Peters to lockdown the position that he has thrived in, while also moving Tyler Smith back to the spot that he was initially expected to play.

That should immediately improve an offensive line that has struggled this season. As a result, the offense would be able to reach another level throwing and running the football.

It is clear that changes do need to be made. The Dallas Cowboys coaching staff has apparently identified the left tackle position as a spot that must be upgraded for the playoff push.

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