Where Are The Defensive Playmakers In Dallas?

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Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee (50) in game action against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. The Dallas Cowboys beat the St. Louis Rams 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee (50)Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The loss of middle linebacker Sean Lee was a huge blow to a Dallas defense that was already lacking an identity. Now that he’s gone for the year who can the Dallas Cowboys lean on to pick up production? Whether it’s on the defensive line, the linebacking corp., or the secondary, someone will need to step up and lock their position down. Here are three candidates that have the ability to step up and help the defense take a step forward.

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  • SmartThinking

    This season’s training camp will host at least six or seven pretty heated position battles, most of them on defense. Add in the rookies and free agent acquisitions working to cement their own positions as well and the shortened time in pads should be the place where everything comes together for this Dallas defense and they learn to work as a team.

    I think it’s going to be chaos instead. So much precious hitting time is going to be spent at full speed sorting out which player fits best where, and for how long, there’s not going to be much time left before the first pre-season game to build any defensive team cohesiveness. Instead, it’s going to be every man for himself trying to make the team and find a place to play.

    Competition is what it’s all about. Sure. My worry is, though, with so many newcomers, second teamers, and players returning from injuries, all vying for undeclared starting positions, this team won’t have much time to learn to work together before the games start for real. And that could lead to the same kind of chaotic mess on defense we all suffered through all last season.

    This defense needs to solidify its starting players like, in the first two weeks, if it’s going to have any chance of making a run for December and the play-offs. Marinelli’s “waves of players” concept may take some of the edge off who the starters are at each position. But, in the end, this team is still not going to be as prepared on defense as it needs to be just to win against the other teams in its own division.

  • Earl Robertson

    Holloman is going to be a playmaker not sure if anyone else can

    • David

      Melton can dominate if he is healthy. Even if Holloman is a playmaker, you need more than two to be a legit defense and have any relevancy..

      • Earl Robertson

        I know that is why I am worry bit hopefully someone will step up

        • David

          Well I am worried a lot..