Am I the only person on this planet who isn't subscribing to the notion that our defense is doomed to be terrible again this year? Finding
David: Ok, you’re crazy. I’m kidding, of course, but I don’t see many obvious reasons to feel overly optimistic about this defense ahead of training camp. The defensive line is intriguing because there are so many new faces, but in this league, I need to see it to believe it. I will say this: one good reason to have hope is because it can’t be much worse than it was last year – Jerry Jones said that himself a few weeks ago. That said, I’m not expecting a major defensive renaissance, but perhaps mild improvement.
Rowan:You mentioned finding Sean Lee’s replacement as the only glaring hole. I think the issue is no one knows where the glaring hole will be. Every single defender’s either unproven over a long period of time or coming off a major injury with the exception of
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David: It doesn’t mean much for Lee, because 1. the Cowboys are invested pretty heavily in him and 2. you aren’t going to see him on a football field until next spring or summer, anyway. If McClain turns out to be a beast, I imagine they’d find a way to get him and Lee on the field together when that becomes possible. As for the other linebackers, that’s an intriguing point. If McClain really steps up in training camp, it’s bound to limit the number of snaps available to the guys behind him – most likely
Rowan: It wouldn’t really mean anything. I think if Lee’s healthy, he’ll come back and go right back to the middle linebacker spot. That’s partly because the Cowboys already extended him and also partly because they have full trust in Lee in the middle. I thought this might be the year they tried him as an outside linebacker and shifted