The Dallas Cowboys‘ loss of Sean Lee was absolutely brutal. While fans were stressing out and trying to find answers, the players on the field were focused on preparing for a season and finding a way to step up and fill the void. It’s going to take more than one player to fill the void that a player like Lee will leave, but which players are going to be the ones to step up the most in 2014 and make a difference?
When I say it’ll take more than one player, this means that multiple players scattered across this defense will need to step up. The Cowboys defense was almost record-breaking they were so awful last year. The line, the linebackers and the secondary are all going to need to step up, but one player specifically that must step up is Bruce Carter. Carter is likely going to be the signal caller for this defense, and will be the player that is going to have to be all over the field in 2014.
While Carter will be the vocal part of the defense, three players in the secondary are going to be massive. It’s time for Brandon Carr to live up to his contract, Morris Claiborne to live up to his draft position and J.J. Wilcox to show us all that massive potential that we’ve all heard about. These three are going to be essentially the make or break for the defense this coming season, but I fully expect them to have strong years.
One other player that immediately comes to mind is rookie Demarcus Lawrence. We shouldn’t expect him to come in and replace DeMarcus Ware, because no one can do that immediately, but he needs to show us some of the playmaking ability that he showed at Boise State.
The Cowboys are going to need a little bit of everything in 2014 on defense, but with Rod Marinelli as the coordinator, we should expect to see improvement.