Sean Lee had a great start to the season last year. Imagine what he might do with a chance to absorb Rob Ryan’s defense at a decent pace?
“Having that opportunity will allow us to learn and master the defense better, instead of trying to learn five defenses in a day,” Lee said last week at the Cowboys’ rookie minicamp, asked about Ryan saying that he put in too much too fast in training camp last year in his first year as defensive coordinator.
“I think he just has the opportunity to teach the defense slower this year, considering we went into camp with four weeks to the first game and you’re trying to put in a whole new defense,” Lee said. “It’s one thing to learn on paper, it’s another to get on the field and practice technique, on reads and be able to do it fast and efficient.
“That’s something we will be able to concentrate on.”
Lee led the Cowboys in tackles last year, and he had four interceptions. He enters his third year secure in his spot as a starting inside linebacker, but with potentially two new faces around him – 2011 second-round pick Bruce Carter and veteran free agent signee Dan Connor.
This year, Lee and the rest of the team will get the benefit of 10 OTA practices and a three-day minicamp before heading to training camp in the late July. The lockout last spring cost them all of those spring practice sessions.
“We were struggling at first but did a good job of getting ready for the season last year,” Lee said. “The key this year is to play consistent. Some weeks we played really well, then we get in situations and two-minute, and we didn’t play well, or we would play a half where we played well and the second half we didn’t.
“The key is to be dominant and consistent all year.”
-- Carlos Mendez