Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) is tackled by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee (50) at AT

Cowboys Sean Lee: ‘Absolutely Unacceptable! We Are Not A Good Defense’


For the second straight week in a row, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee spoke very critically about his play and the play of the Dallas defense following the 51-48 loss to the undefeated Denver Broncos on Sunday. The former Penn State alum recorded 16 tackles in the loss and currently sits second in the league in total tackles with 50. But according to Lee after the game, it’s simply not good enough.

“Defensively, we were just terrible. No way around it. We were just terrible. Across the board. 51 points, unbelievable. We need to take a look at ourselves, individually and collectively, and find a way. Cause we’re letting the team down.”

Lee also realized that the Cowboys offense did everything they could to win the game. Dallas posted an amazing 522 yards of offense resulting in six total touchdowns. As of right now, Dallas total offense ranks seventh best in the NFL. But their total defense ranks a lowly 30th.

“Well it’s tough. You know you got to give the offense an unbelievable amount of credit. They scored 48 points. And the fact that we weren’t able to win and the offense scores 48 points is absolutely unacceptable. And we have to find a way to be a better defense. Right now, we are not a good defense. Two weeks in a row we’ve given up way too many points. Way too many yards. And until we get better, we are not going to win ball games. It’s purely on us.”

In the last two weeks, the Cowboys defense has been burned for an astounding 815 passing yards and nine total touchdowns. The also faced two of the hottest quarterbacks in the entire NFL in Denver’s Peyton Manning and San Diego’s Phillip Rivers. Still Lee, as is his nature, made himself personally accountable for the losses. And he took full responsibility for his lack of play.

“Just across the board. Everybody was not winning…starting with me. We weren’t winning. We weren’t rallying to the football enough. We weren’t making enough plays. They made a lot more plays than we did. And, like I said, it starts with a guy like me. I’ve got to make more football plays. Gotta find a way to get better now. Cause if not, we aren’t going to be the defense we want to be.”

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  • Old Frog

    Might be time to add D Ware to the growing list of overpaid injury prone veterans beyond their prime…Spencer, Ratiff, Austin, and now Ware. This ain’t good.

  • JD21

    No living middle linebacker can effectively play this defense in 2013. Only superman could. It simply requires too much (i.e., read the run and react, or drop 15 yards deep into coverage, all in a fraction of a second). It cannot be done well against the offensive talent in today’s NFL. That’s why we’re seeing Sean Lee look ordinary when we know he’s not ordinary.

  • BradAustin

    This defense has them confused as possible. They can’t play their positions because they are constantly out of position for what the Tampa-2 demands of them. They now have to think first and react second because it is so foreign to what they’ve been doing. Sean Lee and several other talented players are guys that thrive on split-second reads and burst attacks with confidence. Now they are unsure of their altered drops, where they should be in different formations, etc.

    You can’t blame the talented players when it’s a bunch of them who are struggling and often out of position. It’s this huge conversion in defense and the completely different responsibilities that ask vastly different things from their positions. We took a bunch of supremely talented guys and handcuffed them from just playing with the confidence and fire that made them studs. Guys aren’t getting beat by other players, they just are constantly not in the right spots to mak the play and the opponents have an easy advantage before the route even develops, The QB has an easy time seeing where to go with the ball.

    It’s agonizing to watch the players have to deal with this and try to be themselves. Everybody preached that Kiffin’s defense has simplified things so the players can just play. That’s absolutely not the case at all. It confused them more by changing all their responsibilities away from what they were doing the last few years. They are simply lost. When Sean Lee and Bruce Carter become liabilities to a defense, you better BLAME that defense as the whole world knows those guys are complete studs.