Oct 21, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) sacks Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) during the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

Sean Lee Isn’t the Only Player on Defense

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.

Sept 16, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) is tackled by Dallas Cowboys inside linebacker Bruce Carter (54) during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

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.

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  • californy

    I be honest I am not sold on Carter as being all world player. I see this is more propaganda by JJ and the Cowboys. I would like to start seeing 10 plus tackles in a game to start getting me interested in him as a player. I mean defensive stop not for positive games Carter is on pace to get 86 tackle season which sound really good, it more than Ware and Spencer have gotten in their career. But when you look at the fact the Cowboys been operating more out of a 4-5 man front, then these number become close to average. The top number last year for a 3-4 LB was 143 by Navarro Bowman, and top number for a 4-3 LB were over 166 tackles last year by Cleveland LB. Carter number of 86 may sound great but is it really when you compair them to the best. There no reason to be excited about about average. I think The Cowboys record for tackles was Eugene Lockhart who had 222 tackles in 1989 and didnt even earn All Pro consideration.