Tyron Smith became the rare offensive lineman to be named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. Now it sounds as though Perry Fewell is pushing for him to be the league's MVP.
Fewell was effusive in his praise of Smith when asked about the Cowboys tackle on Thursday.
"He has improved in the time I have been here," the defensive coordinator said. "He has really grown up and become a man at that position. You can see him when he pulls, he is out on the perimeter knocking guys down. He has changed his body, it looks like. He is physical. He is strong. When they really want to get it, they run behind him, so you can tell he is the linchpin of the offense.
"Our best guy is on him," Fewell continued. "I think it will be a heavyweight battle with JPP [Jason Pierre-Paul] and him. The confidence that he is playing with, because he has been in their system, and they do what they do because of him. He is able to move out the first-level guys, the defensive linemen, he is able to seal off the second-level guy, be it a linebacker or safety, and he is just playing at such a high level right now that JPP and our defensive linemen have to play at their best to have a good shot to neutralize this guy. That is what you hope to do, neutralize him."