Defensive end Marcus Spears raised more than a few eyebrows in the offseason when he criticized former Coach Bill Parcells for his conservative defensive philosophy. Spears blamed Parcells' schemes for his lack of impactful play since coming to the team as a first round draft pick in 2005. He welcomed new coach Wade Phillips' aggressive 3-4, which allowed him to rush the quarterback and stop the run on the way. Well through three games Spears hadn't produced as he expected. But on Sunday against Rams, he had what coach Wade Phillips said was his best game.
"He had half a sack on the sack, but he hit the quarterback about three times when he was throwing the ball," Phillips said. "He had about three hurries. He had a tackle for a loss, those kind of things. He really hustled to the ball. He really played all out. That’s what I thought he could do. And that’s what he’s done."
Clarence E. Hill Jr.