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September 17, 2012

Lee more concerned about defensive inconsistencies than big hit from Tate; says NFL needs uniform enforcement for such plays

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee said the big hit he took in Sunday’s game from Seattle receiver Golden Tate is “part of football” and that he is “not worried about” whether NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will fine Tate for an illegal hit, as Cowboys owner Jerry Jones predicted after the game. Tate was not flagged on the play although replays suggest he could have been.

“I’m on to the next game. I’m not worried about it,” Lee said today at Valley Ranch. “I’m more worried about how we can be better on defense, how we can improve from the mistakes we made. We didn’t play a good second half.”

In particular, Lee expressed concern about a “lack of focus” that contributed to the Seahawks’ 27-7 victory that included a 14-0 run in the second half.

“When I turned the film on, I didn’t see lack of effort,” Lee said. “It was, ‘We’ve got to focus on doing our job every single time.’ They hit a play, ‘Ok, let’s go. Let’s get back out there and focus on our job and do it the same way every single time.’ … We want to be a team that can go out there and win and be consistent every week. That’s the identity we’re working toward. But we didn’t do that. We didn’t execute and that’s why we lost.”

In terms of a final resolution in regard to the hit from Tate, Lee said: “The NFL is going to see if it’s a legal hit or not and will address it. Whatever it is, it is. I just hope they will be consistent in whatever they determine it is. The refs need to understand it and they need to call it, either way. It needs to be consistent on the field all the time.”

_ Jimmy Burch

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