Unproven Free has team’s confidence at crucial spot
With Adams gone, left tackle with just seven starts gets the job
SAN ANTONIO — Tony Romo no longer has a five-time Pro Bowl left tackle protecting his blind side for the Dallas Cowboys.
Yet, going into a season with Super Bowl expectations, the Cowboys don’t seem too concerned that unproven Doug Free is replacing Flozell Adams in that vital role. Free has started only seven NFL games, and those were on the other side of the offensive line.
“The tenacity he plays with, I think that stuff’s contagious for your team. He’s always trying to pick up an extra block and do those things downfield,” Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten said. “He knows what the challenges are playing left tackle in this league.”
The Cowboys released expensive 12-year veteran Adams, the 35-yearold who had started 178 games and still had four seasons left on his contract. His replacement is a former fourth-round pick from Northern Illinois who played only one quarter his first two seasons before filling in
See COWBOYS, C Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Doug Free has impressed teammates at training camp in a position long held by Flozell Adams.