Top 10 Burning Questions For The Dallas Cowboys (Part One)

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Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Isaiah Pead (24) is tackled by Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Bruce Carter (54) in the third quarter of the game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Only the Dallas Cowboys would have their star defensive player get severely hurt on the first day of organized team activities. Even though the team suffered a huge blow to their defense, there are still things to get accomplished before they open up the season at home with the San Francisco 49ers. This team always has burning questions that needed to be answered and I decided to list them for your enjoyment. So here are the top-10 burning questions for the Dallas Cowboys, part-1!

#10- Who will step up in place of Sean Lee?

The loss of starting middle linebacker Sean Lee will be hard to replace, but luckily the injury happened very early. It now gives the team enough time to find a suitable replacement and get the player up to speed on how to run the defense. The question is who will they turn too? The in-house candidates are linebackers DeVonte Holloman, Kyle Wilber, and Bruce Carter. Out of the three, it seems Holloman is the favorite because he did a great job filling in for Lee last year. Also, they may want to keep Carter on the weak side and see if he can finally adjust to the defensive scheme. So other outside candidates they could bring in are Jonathan Vilma and Ernie Sims. Vilma, if healthy, can be an intriguing guy to bring in and help sure up the depth in the linebacker corps.

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys Kyle Orton Morris Claiborne Sean Lee Tony Romo

  • Kirk

    Soon opportunity what about Anthony Hitchens to replace Sean Lee? Last time I checked he was the one taking Lee’s 1st team reps! Not to say Devonte, Bruce, Wilber, or an outside veteran aren’t better options, and there will for sure be strong competition at every LB spot including MLB.

  • Scott.

    #7 is what I’m keeping a close eye on. Hopefully a revamped defensive line will help. At times last year Carr looked completely clueless and that had little to do with the pass rush.

    • David

      I agree with you but I am more worried about the Safeties than the corners.

      • Scott.

        Yeah both are a concern, Carr has a history of being able to play so hopefully they can put him in the right positions to succeed. Claiborne is another story and ultimately if he is not much improved he will be gone. You are correct the safety play has really been substandard but hopefully Wilcox is the answer. He only played the position for two years in college so maybe he will come around.

  • David

    People should not even count on Spencer for anything. He his coming back from from one of the worst injuries in football and has ended most peoples careers. I really hope the secondary plays well especially the safeties. They were horrible last year and need to make some plays this year as well as cover better and show better range to help the corners. While I expect the D-line to be much better than last year, the Cowboys are still playing some top playoff teams with top O-lines that will be a challenge for them. And lastly in regards to the slot WR I think you will see Linehan shift multiple people in and out of that position to create mismatches. I think there will be times you see Dez there as well as Street and even Escobar.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Wilber and Carter should be kept at OLB. Holloman and Hitchens should be the MLB. Not crazy about getting a vet that is out of football.
    Beasley deserves the majority of opportunities at slot. Street will need time to learn the playbook and get in sync with Tony.
    Weeden with a solid OL and running game (which he did not have in Cleveland) should be alright. Prefer Orton, but isn’t a major loss.
    Don’t count Spencer for any contribution.
    Let’s not forget that Church pretty much had a pro bowl season last year. It’s the FS spot that has to be locked in.