IRVING, Texas One of the things that somehow escaped my attention this season was that defensive end Kenyon Coleman had become one of the primary leaders on this Cowboys team. The only thing that has stood out in my mind about Coleman over the years was that Bill Parcells once nicknamed him "The Strong Dog."
But when I stopped by Jason Hatcher's locker Wednesday, as I do each week, he was basically suggesting that Coleman's impact on the defense was immeasurable. In fact, he called Strong Dog the "spiritual leader" of the defensive line. Who knew the Holy Grail of Rob Ryan's defensive unit was this quiet man who's been regarded as a decent run-stopper for much of his career.
"You can't replace him," Hatcher told a rapt audience.
Well, the Cowboys are going to have to try since Coleman's been placed on injured reserve with a torn triceps. The obvious answer in the "next man up" theory is former first-round pick Marcus Spears, who was a healthy scratch in Baltimore and hasn't p...