By Nathan Jones
Some false narratives surround Dallas Cowboys‘ left tackle Tyron Smith. Injuries have hurt his play, but he’s still a great asset for America’s Team.
Too often, figureheads on ESPN and other major networks like to bash Dallas Cowboys‘ left tackle Tyron Smith. These national journalists and football analysts will point out one or two plays over the course of the season and use that as evidence of Smith’s dramatic decline.
It is true that Smith is no longer playing at the same level he was in 2014. But he still is one of the best, if not the best tackle in the league. Smith’s injuries are a cause of concern, but when he is on the field, he is a dominant force.
Let’s look at empirical evidence to prove this point. Last year, Smith played in 849 snaps. Out of all tackles who played at least 849 snaps, Smith allowed the least amount of pressures (15), the least amount of sacks (0), and the second least amount of hurries (13), per Pro Football Focus.
So saying that Smith is a liability on the field would be incorrect. All the stats show that Smith is still above the rest in the league. The only thing that limits Smith is his...