Breaking Down Cowboys LT Tyron Smith’s Play at the Quarter Season Mark

October 1, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith is going to be a perennial Pro Bowl left tackle.
That’s a big statement that might seem a bit too optimistic given that Smith has yet to play consistently at a truly elite level in the NFL, but it’s a claim that the numbers and film back up.
In 2012, Smith allowed only three sacks all year, but he also gave up pressure on quarterback Tony Romo on 6.0 percent of his snaps—a below-average mark. Offensive tackles are typically graded primarily on their pass protection, which they should be, but Smith was quietly solid as a run blocker.
Smith’s pass protection has improved in 2013—he’s the only starting lineman to not allow a sack this year—and he’s transformed into a dominant run blocker. The Cowboys are averaging 4.6 yards per carry as a team, but 5.0 YPC when Smith is at the point of attack.
Smith has been an above-average left tackle thus far in 2013, but admittedly not one o...

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