Coming into this season I expected Sean Lee to have a Defensive Player of the Year type of campaign. I know that it is still extremely early and that could still happen but he has had a bit of a hard time making those game-changing plays we are accustomed to.
Thus far Bruce Carter has been the best linebacker on this team and that’s fine, but Lee has to find a way to make an impact. He has been caught out of position in zone-coverage a few times and hasn’t been the ball hawk that I know and love.
The front-four has played better than expected so this should allow Lee and Carter to be the difference-makers that they need them to be. Lee is coming off of an injury so he does have some rust to knock off. Never-mind the fact that there is a philosophical change on defense so it will take some time to get this defense playing to its full potential.
This defense has done a really nice job against the run so far and Lee has a big hand in that. The fact is that in this defensive scheme he drops into coverage quite a bit, which he is usually quite good at. All and all I have been somewhat impressed by the defense so far, since the offense has not really done them any favors. They have held their own and kept the Cowboys in the game against the Chiefs.
When it is all said and done I am sure that Sean Lee will have a great season, he just hasn’t seemed quite like himself yet. Here’s hoping he finds his stride soon because he is the Tony Romo of this defense. They will only go as far as he takes them.