The Dallas Cowboys have been battling injuries throughout the year and the news didn’t get any better last week when they lost middle linebacker Bruce Carter for the year.
The majority of the serious injuries have been felt on the Cowboys defense and the organization has been able to replace those players with adequate production. Players like Ernie Sims and Charlie Peprah have been good finds by the scouting department.
However, with the latest injury to Carter, the Cowboys defense will be getting their signals through the third different player this season, Anthony Spencer. Sean Lee began the year as the defensive signal caller and those duties were passed onto Bruce Carter when Lee was lost for the year. Now Carter gives way to Spencer.
Spencer handled the job in the game against the Washington Redskins after Carter left and he doesn’t seem to have any issues with being the guy to get the signals in.
In fact, the only difference Spencer notices is that he has to deal with Rob Ryan’s voice in his head, “The only different thing is he’ll yell, ‘Watch this! Check this!,’ and other little stuff. You can communicate that within the time sometimes until it goes out.”
Being the signal caller on defense doesn’t really mean much; the bigger issue is replacing the production Carter and Lee were able to give the defense. The Cowboys have their work cut out for them for the rest of the year and it has very little to do with Anthony Spencer calling the defensive signals.
It’s just one more adjustment for the Cowbyos defense to overcome.
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