Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/11/13
Sean Lee is the quarterback of the Cowboys defense Dallas Cowboys’ Head Coach Jason Garrett constantly talks about building a foundation of quality players that play with passion, intensity, and accountability. These are the type of players that aren’t about making excuses and actually let their performance do the talking. This type of player can help elevate their team to elite status and single handedly change the dynamics of a football game. Nobody represents what exactly Garrett is trying to build better than Sean Lee. And it’s quite obvious. The middle linebacker leads the team and the NFL in tackles at 90 and also is tied for the league lead with four interceptions. In the Cowboys 49-17 loss to the Saints, there’s no question just exactly how valuable No. 50 is for the Dallas defense. Unfortunately, it took his absence to show everyone in primetime just how much of a game changer he is. He’s everything for the 2013 version of the ‘Boys defense, and is arguably even more important for the Cowboys success than DeMarcus Ware. As the middle linebacker in Kiffin’s 4-3 scheme, Lee is basically the quarterback of the Cowboys defense, responsible for making sure everyone knows their assignments at the line of scrimmage. Lee is an actual quarterbacks worse nightmare per say, and during NBC’s telecast Cris Collinsworth commented on just how highly praised he was by Drew Brees nonetheless. Exiting the game with what appeared to be a rather gruesome hamstring injury, the Cowboys defense looked flat, emotionless, and pretty much lost in how they were supposed to crack the code that is the highly potent Saints offense. And they indeed were lost without their field general. Lee single handedly carries this defense on his back and it showed Sunday night. He’s the one who always makes the tackle, comes up with the clutch interception, or at the very least always knows his assignment on defense. The Cowboys failed as a unit without Lee in the middle to make those consistent plays that literally save the unit. It’s almost as if the drowning unit lost their life preserver and got blown out. Yes, I know this unit has given up plenty of yards with Lee actually in the lineup, but he’s been the only bright spot for this rather sickening to watch defense. The guy just makes things happen. Sean Lee means as much to the Cowboys as Tony Romo. He’s awaiting the results of an MRI on Monday that may have real time implications for the success of the Cowboys the rest of the season. Cowboys fans can only hold their breaths and pray that their Mr. Everything on defense isn’t sidelined for a long period of time. He is, in fact, the whole defense. Tackles. Interceptions. Sacks. And clutch plays. MR. EVERYTHING.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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