There is no shortage of position battles to keep an eye on the remainder of the Dallas Cowboys offseason, but one I’m particularly intrigued with is between players of opposition, Robert Quinn and Tyron Smith. This is one of those “iron sharpens iron” battles that could make them all the better for it.
If you’re unfamiliar with the verse/phrase “iron sharpens iron”, you can find it in Proverbs 27:17 of your Bible: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” There could be no other verse more fitting for the battle already taking place between the Cowboys newly acquired Defensive End Robert Quinn and Left Tackle Tyron Smith.
“We’re both trying to work our craft. Everybody knows the type of player Tyron is. It helps elevate your game and we make each other better,” said Robert Quinn via @1053thefan.
If you don’t find this quote from Robert Quinn exciting, I don’t know what will…
To think Tyron Smith or Robert Quinn could actually make themselves better by battling it out against one another day after day in practice is intriguing to say the least. Each players talent is undeniable, but to think they can improve their game even the slightest is almost unfathomable.
I know what you may be thinking, how could this even be possible?
Well, I don’t really have any first-hand account of what’s been taking place between these two in practices, but I’d imagine their getting a feel for one another and discovering/discussing how each can improve their game. The feedback Quinn and Smith can provide each other is invaluable in my opinion.
Think about it for a second. These two players are proven veterans who have been successful in the NFL for years now. They could easily be set in their ways, complacent if you will, and not want to be coached up any longer. Instead, they are still trying to improve their craft in the hopes of getting even better.
I don’t know about you, but I love this!. These are the “right kind of guys” (RKGs) Head Coach Jason Garrett is always preaching about. The ones who have a love for competing and want to go out and put their best foot forward day after day, whether in practice or on game days.
Returning to the “iron sharpens iron” analogy, a dull knife is still a knife, although a less effective one. But, if sharpened with another it will lose its dullness and shine once again. There may not be much dullness in Robert Quinn or Tyron Smith, but if these two can help sharpen each other’s abilities their brightness could stand out once again, and the Dallas Cowboys would be all the better for it.
So, if you’re looking for a particular battle to keep an eye on throughout the rest of the Dallas Cowboys offseason, I’d encourage you to focus on what’s taking place between Robert Quinn and Tyron Smith. It could pay huge dividends once the 2019 season gets underway.