So we actually saw Doug Free at the RG spot for the first time in his career. Before the game almost all of us thought the sky was falling and Romo was gonna get carried out on a stretcher ruining our season before it even started. The Cowboys started off very shaky the first 2 drives with Free and Parnell getting abused, but as the game went on Free played noticeably better, but Parnell didn't. It's clear he is not 100% and he barely had any action since he shared reps with Free at the end of last season.
Now put down your pitchforks and torches. Romo came out unscathed and there were no new injuries. Yes the Cowboys did play with fire and risked Romo's health by trying out this Frankenstein of an offensive line, but it did give us some clues regarding Free. Free doesn't fit the mold of a prototypical guard, but with the zone blocking scheme playing into his strengths and with his improving techniques, he can be an adequate guard with a good swing tackle playing RT next to him.
Of course all of this is Plan B which I hope to never in the season. We already have our Plan A with Smith, Leary, Frederick, Bernie, and Free as our starting line, but sometimes it pays to have a good back up plan instead of just plugging in back ups in their respective positions, which ruins continuity. With the Bengals game under their belts, the Cowboys have a little bit of a feel for their Plan B line. They have it on film to learn and build off of should our worst nightmare happen (which we all pray to high heaven it never will)
Thank God it happened during preseason. Otherwise, we would have aged a year in one game.