In one word how would you describe the loss of Dallas Cowboys inside linebacker Sean Lee for the season? Heartbreaking? Yes. Disappointing? Definitely! The end of the season? Okay that’s more than one word, but that remains to be seen considering the Cowboys have only played six games and still have ten remaining.
Pretty much everyone out there in the NFL stratosphere knows what kind of an impact Lee has when he is on the field. Announcers and spectators alike gawk at his ability to go from sideline to sideline with ease and make tackle after tackle. He is a force to be reckoned with, and yet he is just one piece of the puzzle on the defensive side of the ball. Sure he has 77 tackles on the season and that production will be hard to replace, but in the end things like this happen and the only thing anyone can do is strap up and play the game. And that’s what Bruce Carter, Lee’s replacement as the defensive signal caller, plans on doing.
“I feel sorry for what happened to Sean, but at the same time you’ve just got to keep pushing. It’s part of the game. Everybody understands that.”
What Cowboys fans may be witnessing is the true emergence of a star as Carter is forced to take over more of the leadership role. At the same time they may see how much he really meant to the team as players like Dan Conner and newly-signed Ernie Simms try to fill in. Only time will tell.
But the beautiful thing about football is it’s a team game. Everyone is relying on not only their own ability, but the ability of those around them. Given the circumstances I think Carter has to be pretty happy being around the likes of DeMarcus Ware, Jay Ratliff, Brandon Carr, and Anthony Spencer to name a few. Most defenses that lose the caliber of player Lee is for the season would have a harder time replacing his production. I’m not saying it’s going to be immediate or easy by any means, but if any unit can do it it’s this one.
What can Cowboys fans expect to see out of their respectable defense for the rest of the season? It’s hard to tell at this point, but following Sunday when the New York Giants come to town you should get a better idea of what will be in store for the remainder of the season.