The Dallas Cowboys were defeated on Sunday by the San Diego Chargers 30-21. After the game, Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee was so frustrated by the loss he interrupted a report mid-sentence to give his answer:
” It’s terribly frustrating. I mean it’s not what we want to be. We don’t want to be that type of team. We want to be a contender. We want to be a team that can win week-in and week-out. We haven’t shown it in two years. And we aren’t showing it right now. So until we do, we’re just going to be the same type of team.”
Lee was clearly upset after the game. And his frustration isn’t just over Sunday’s loss, but also over the Cowboys last two back-to-back 8-8 seasons without a playoff appearance.
The former Penn State alum also thinks the answer to their current predicament of “winning one and losing one” is fairly elementary.
“You win more than one game. Find a way to get it done. We just gotta play better. You can’t give up big plays. It’s pretty simple. They were able to make big plays. We weren’t able to.”
And that rant was after Lee had arguable his best game as a professional. He recorded 18 tackles, an interception and a defensive touchdown on Sunday against the Chargers. Unfortunately, he was also burned several times by Chargers’ tight end Antonio Gates, who had 10 receptions for 136 yards and a score. When asked about San Diego’s second have offensive surge, Lee responded:
“They did a good job of executing in the second half…I think they sped it up a little bit…(they) were able to make plays consistently. They did a good job adjusting and continuing to play. Rivers made some great throws.”
The Cowboys linebacker corps was decimated by Charger’s quarterback Phillip Rivers. He threw for 401 passing yards and three touchdowns. All three scores were to Chargers’ players being covered by Dallas linebackers. A fact in which you can be sure the Cowboys next opponents, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, will be making note of.
Despite his obvious frustration, Lee is committed to making Dallas a contender again. Last month, Lee signed a six-year $42 million extension to remain a Cowboy until 2019. With incentives, he could earn as much as $51 million. And as a young leader on this team, Lee ended his interview in the typical Lee fashion…with hope.
“There’s going to be tough days. How we bounce back from them will really represent what type of defense we are.”