If I had to choose one word to describe Sean Lee, it would be “devastating”. Lee is devastating to offenses. He is devastating against the run, he is devastating in across the middle pass coverage, and it was devastating to the Cowboys when he suffered a season ending injury last year.
In the 2011 season, Lee recorded 105 combined tackles with 4 interceptions for 87 yards.
In the 2012 season, Sean recorded 58 tackles and 1 interception in just 6 games. That’s on pace for a 155 combined tackle season!
To put that in perspective, Ray Lewis only topped that figure twice in his 17 year career.
Many would put Ray Lewis among the most elite of linebackers in the history of the NFL, some would even call him the greatest. So where does that put Sean Lee?
Let’s look at him against someone a little closer to home. Only five times in his 8 year career has Ware beaten Lee’s 2012 stats….the season he only played six games. Ware has never touched Sean’s 2011 total of 105 combined tackles.
Do not get me wrong, the absolute last thing I am trying to do here is take away any credit from Ware. The man averages about 15 sacks a season. Sean Lee has yet to record a sack.
When looked at that way, Ware and Lee seem to compliment each other perfectly, don’t they?
Lee’s run coverage could and should allow Ware a little more freedom for all out blitzes without as much risk.
That’s something that I think a lot of us have lost track of in light of the draft and free agency period that most have considered disappointing.
We are a good team, with great talent, that just hasn’t pulled it together. I think we have made improvements this offseason, most of that would be the changes in coaching staff and the continued growth of rookie players developing more strongly under better direction.
You add that to the top caliber talent this team already possesses, and as long as we are able to stay healthy, this team could be…..well, devastating.
So let’s not get ahead of ourselves when moping and wallowing in what some have perceived as a bad offseason.
Rejoice in the fact that soon we will once again see our favorite team take the field with all the starters in place and healthy. Revel in the idea that these new acquisitions could be first season contributers. Bask in the knowledge that our line WILL be better this year.
The offseason is truly the time for optimism, so let’s enjoy it.