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November 20, 2012

Doug Free says confidence isn't a problem, but agrees with Garrett that he needs to be more aggressive

Doug Free said confidence isn’t a problem for him, but he agrees that he needs to be more aggressive, and he said he does get frustrated when things don’t go right.

“I’m confident. I know I can go out there and play every week,” the Cowboys right tackle said, speaking to reporters at Valley Ranch on Tuesday.

But he said he needs to be more aggressive. Asked what he thought about coach Jason Garrett saying he needed more “bite” in his game, Free said, “I think he just wants me to be more aggressive out on the edge, more solid. I had a few plays, gave up some pressure, and that’s unacceptable. You can’t have that. Tough game like that, every play counts. We need every play.”

Garrett said Free’s athleticism helps him. Free said he needs both athleticism and aggressiveness.

“A little mixture of both is definitely the way to play,” he said. “I think he’s just mainly focusing on just getting out there and getting after people a little more.”

Free said he does get frustrated.

“There are times where I do a great job,” he said. “There are other times where I don’t get it done exactly perfect. It’s something I don’t want to be part of. I want everything to look great. I want everything to be great.”

Asked if he goes back and looks at what he was doing two and three years ago, when he earned a new contract, Free said many things are different.

“Well, a lot has changed since then – a different offensive line coach, different things. It’s not the same old game,” he said. “Every year there are different things that come up. So every year, you have to move with the times and play a little different, so you just have to get good at what you are getting coached and go to work.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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