Bruce Carter said now that he is starting again and knows he is not coming off the field, he will be more relaxed.
“When you are in and out, you don’t have a focus or tempo for the game because you are coming in and out,” he said. “When you are in there, you can feel the tempo when you are playing well. You can kind of sense things. Going in and out was kind of frustrating.”
Carter has been splitting time with Ernie Sims at weakside linebacker since the Week 4 loss at San Diego, when poor play sent Carter to the bench for the second half.
But the injury to middle linebacker Sean Lee last week has forced the Cowboys to use Sims at that spot.
Now, like last year, Carter finds himself in a take-charge position among the linebackers. The Cowboys hope, like last year, he can elevate his play. Carter had 42 tackles and four pass breakups in five games after Lee’s injury last year.
“When Sean is out, I feel like the defense is on me,” Carter said. “I got to get those guys going and be the leader for the defense and lead by example. I got to get everybody fired up and ready to play.”
-- Carlos Mendez