Aug 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams (83) and linebacker DeVonte Holloman (57) talk on the sidelines during fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Cowboys 12-7. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
Without a doubt, losing MLB Sean Lee to injury was a vicious blow to the Dallas Cowboys’ defense. Coaches and fans fully realize they can’t duplicate what Lee provides, only attempt to absorb the punch.
Even if Justin Durant or DeVonte Holloman do a capable patchwork job in the middle, it still took a serious toll on LB depth in addressing further injuries at the position.
No one should be excited about rookie LB’s Anthony Hitchens or Will Smith possible rush into starting action. Good luck targeting speedy vet RB’s LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles for the Eagles.
These rookies would be in way over their heads containing Washington’s mobile QB RGIII, plus power rushing RB Alfred Morris.
With Sean Lee‘s removal taking an immense toll on the 2014 defense, what other player losses would cause this Dallas team to sink significantly?
My goal here is to pinpoint the most valuable player from each position group. The main player Dallas cannot afford to lose without severe downgrades in performance.
Obvious longtime star players must be overlooked when doing this exercise, as clearly they are crucial cogs to the system.