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All-Pro LT Tyron Smith expects more of himself

Tyron Smith (77) left Sunday’s game disappointed in the way he played after being called for two holds and giving up a sack.
Tyron Smith (77) left Sunday’s game disappointed in the way he played after being called for two holds and giving up a sack. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Tyron Smith expects more out of himself. Thus, the left tackle left Sunday’s game unhappy with the way he played.

“It wasn’t up to my performance I usually have,” Smith said Monday. “For me, there are things I need to clean up and get better, and we will for next week and try to continue to get better.”

Smith had two holding penalties, one of which was declined, and he also gave up a sack to defensive end Olivier Vernon.

“It was just one of the times my technique wasn’t on point, and [I’ve] just got to make sure I clean it up,” he said.

Smith, a second-team All-Pro in 2013 and a first-teamer last season, gave up only 20 sacks his first four seasons while being called for eight holds. This season, he has allowed five sacks with two holding penalties accepted against him.

But Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Smith still graded out well against the Dolphins.

“Tyron actually played really well in the game,” Garrett said. “He did have some, a handful of plays, where they did a good job beating him on a pass rush or he had a couple of those penalties. But if you watch the whole game, he really did a good job. He certainly wasn’t happy about it, but we have to recognize the good stuff and have to try to correct the other stuff. Fifty [Vernon] is a good player. He challenged Tyron in a few different situations and got home a little bit. The thing you love about Tyron Smith is he keeps battling back and competing the right way. He certainly did that yesterday in the game.”

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