Credit where credit is due. The Dallas Cowboys offensive line is playing far beyond initial expectations. Especially following the horrible injury to their future Hall of Fame left tackle before game one.
Tyron Smith has been out since before the start of the season. Suffering an avulsion fracture to his knee in August.
Despite losing their franchise offensive tackle, head coach Mike McCarthy has overcome it with his rookie OT Tyler Smith. One of many areas of adversity the Cowboys have overcome so far in 2022.
Now it looks like the return of Tyron is less of an if and more of a when. With Stephen Jones saying his December return is still the plan.
Stephen Jones also said LT Tyron Smith (hamstring) is about three-to-four weeks away from starting his 21-day window to practice. Jones also cautious that could change.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) November 2, 2022
But should he?
Objectively, yes, a healthy Tyron Smith would make up the Cowboys best starting five. However, that’s been the issue. His availability has been an inability.
Truthfully, the current starting five of the Dallas Cowboys is actually playing well. Some even at Pro Bowl levels. Allowing six combined sacks all season with four playing every or most of the snaps so far.
- LT Tyler Smith: four sacks and seven pressures (third fewest) allowed, 78.6% run block win-rate.
- C Tyler Biadasz: zero sacks and five pressures allowed, 84% run block win-rate.
- RG Zack Martin: zero sacks and five pressures allowed, 76.7% run block win-rate.
- RT Terence Steele: one sack and nine pressures allowed, 79.1% run block win-rate.
The Dallas Cowboys will be faced with another tough decision on the offensive line. Even though Tyron Smith is supposedly one of the best starting five, should he be?
Can the Cowboys really afford to mess with success? This is a similar situation they found themselves in last season with the return of La’el Collins from suspension. Despite the team playing better with Steele out there, Collins eventually got his starting gig back.
Followed by a domino effect of seeing all but the center and right guard positions see different players in different games. A heavy rotation which didn’t stop all season.
Culminating in Tyron Smith’s most recent game, the playoffs versus San Franciso in which Tyron did not look himself. Continuously getting beat, especially in the first half.
While the Cowboys continue to do their rotations with Jason Peters and Connor McGovern at left guard, does it need to stop there?
If coach McCarthy is serious about continuity on the offensive line, they may be better off keeping Smith sidelined even after his return.
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