(Editor’s Note: Over the next two weeks, football analyst Bryan Broaddus will take a closer look at each position, highlighting the standouts and players who need more production. Today, we will focus on the linebacker position.)
When you have a defense that has struggled like this Cowboys one has for games, it is hard to really find some bright spots in their play. You can say that
What makes Lee so special, is his nose for the ball. There are very few players in this league that play with the smarts and the defensive awareness that he is able to show down after down. There once was a time where when I would tell people that Sean Lee was the best defensive player on this team and those words would be met with a quick laugh because of
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What has been strange about this season for me on defense, is when Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett made the decision to switch from the 3-4 scheme to 4-3, I believed from what I knew about Bruce Carter’s game from his days at North Carolina and what I had observed with the Cowboys, that this switch would be a perfect fit for him in the style in which he plays in.
I am not going to sit here and tell you that Carter has been as good as Lee in the way he has played but there is something just not right with what we have seen from Carter. Despite being 3rd on the squad in tackles, he hasn’t had those dominate performances that I believed he would have running to the ball playing on the weak side in this defense. Now with Sean Lee out for at least two games, there will be pressure on Carter to make more plays which he was able to do last season once Lee went down in the Carolina game. I always remember what Sean Lee told me about Bruce Carter when he said “There are things that Bruce can do athletically, that I only dream about.” Bruce Carter needs to step up and do those things that Sean Lee believes he can do.
If this group is lucky, Sean Lee will only miss the Giants and Raiders contest before returning against the Bears. It appears that