Jerry Jones laid out his vision of what he wants the Cowboys’ inside linebackers to look like – fast from sideline to sideline, like Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman of the San Francisco 49ers.
“We all watched Bowman and Willis out there, and boy, did those guys make a difference,” Jones said this week in an interview with the NFL Network at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
Jones said he’d love to see if Bruce Carter, the Cowboys’ second-round pick a year ago, can bring that kind of speed to the field for the Cowboys to pair with Sean Lee.
“This is my dream,” Jones said. “It’s not exactly the prototype for the makeup of the two guys you’d want in the middle – you might want more of a thumper, a big guy, to go along with Sean Lee. But if we can keep both those guys out there, adjust our defense, we might be going toward Bowman and Willis area like they have in San Francisco.”
Lee played in 15 games for the Cowboys and led the team in tackles, plus tying for the team lead in interceptions with four. Carter played in 10 games, but mainly on special teams, as he came back from knee surgery in December 2010.
“It’s amazing what Bruce Carter was able to do relative to the time you assess when you have that kind of injury,” Jones told Dallas reporters on Monday at the Senior Bowl. “He was outstanding in his rehab.”
-- Carlos Mendez