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August 10, 2013

Sean Lee gets the credit, but Jason Hatcher deserves more of it on the forced fumble

Sean Lee got the credit, but it was actually Jason Hatcher who forced a fumble and then recovered it on the Raiders' third play from scrimmage.

"I think he got to the ball just before me," Lee admitted. "I said to him, ‘When it comes to sacks and fumbles, go ahead and have them. I’ll give them to you all day. I just want the tackles.’ I give that to Hatch."

Lee blitzed Matt Flynn and came around the backside with No. 15 clearly in his sights. Just as Lee hit Flynn, Hatcher used the "Peanut Punch" to knock the ball free. Hatcher then jumped on the fumble.

"I came free on a blitz," Lee said. "It was a good call. It was nice. I saw the quarterback, and it’s one of those things you dream about. You see the back of the quarterback, and you do everything you can to hit him as hard as you can."

Rookie safety J.J. Wilcox added an interception in the end zone in the second quarter.

The Cowboys had only 16 takeaways last season. They have four in two preseason games.

The lack of takeaways was a reason cited by Jason Garrett when the Cowboys fired Rob Ryan and hired Monte Kiffin as defensive coordinator and Rod Marinelli as defensive line coach.

"We’ve got a chance to be a really top-flight defense if we can have those guys that we didn’t have at the end of last year," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "If we have those guys right there along with philosophically what we’re doing, we’re going to be better. We’re going to have a better defensive statistical year than we did last year if that combination of things happen. Then we have some new guys coming through and that will add some icing to the cake."

-- Charean Williams



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Good call Ms. Williams. I thought I was the only one who saw that it was Hatcher who forced the fumble with his hand instead of the sack by Lee on that blitz call from Kiffin. The game announcers were just giddy in giving that sack and supposedly fumble to Lee. Fumble was caused by Hatcher and it was Hatcher who recovered it.

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