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Mailbag: Time To Address Right Tackle? Consistency On The D-Line?

RICHARD HARTPITTSBURG, CA
Considering his "production" this season, do we finally replace Doug Free this offseason? If so, do we stick to the script and draft a youngster, or do we go after an established free agent?

Bryan: I honestly don't see Doug Free going anywhere. If Chaz Green had made it through the season without an issue then you could have seen a change, but he didn't. Unless you like Sebastian Vollmer, Andre Smith or Riley Reiff you might want to hold onto Free. 

David:After a couple years out of the doghouse, Doug Free is once against Public Enemy No. 1. I understand where you're coming from. Free didn't have his best year, and he incurred some penalties in the playoff loss. I still think the Cowboys would be foolish to let him go. He's got one year left on his deal, and he's only going to cost $5 million to keep. Hopefully, Chaz Green can rebound from injury and establish himself as the long-term option at right tackle. But I don't think you want to bet on that before you have to. I think Free will finish his deal here, whether fans like it or not.

JORY HAMBLENCASTLE ROCK, CO
After watching the Cowboys game this past weekend I had a hard time determining how many plays both Benson Mayowa and David Irving were involved in? I ask because both played like mad men when on the field for several weeks before the Green Bay game, and I did not hear their names mentioned in the playoff game. I know they were both on the field for a few plays.

Bryan: It was a rough day for them and the defensive line as a whole. Didn't create many opportunities or win nearly enough. Rodgers did a great job of getting rid of the ball but unlike the first meeting his offensive line held up. 

David:I think you just summed up the problems with the defensive line in a nutshell. Every member of this pass rush had some fantastic moments at times during the season. The problem is they weren't nearly consistent enough. It's something they'll need to work on – and it's something that could be helped by adding some more talent to the group.

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