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Assessing the Loss of Cowboys’ LB Sean Lee

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The Dallas Cowboys will be without LB Sean Lee (hamstring) against the Eagles 4th ranked rushing attack this Sunday night and it could spell doom for the Cowboys, who are desperate for a win. You cannot understate the impact of Lee’s loss on the defense, as he has been their steadiest performer and has the talent to mask a lot of holes.

Let’s dig into the numbers in regard to the Cowboys run defense performance when Lee has missed time.

In 2016, Lee missed Week 17 against the Philadelphia Eagles. That year they averaged 83.7 rushing yards allowed, league best. With Lee out, the Eagles racked up 114 yards and a touchdown on 30 rushing attempts for a 3.8 average. This was in line with their average yards per carry, but the Eagles were able to top the average total per game by 36%.

In 2017 there’s a larger data set with Lee essentially missing 3 games. Lee was out for games with the Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers, and only played 8 snaps (61.5 snap avg) against the Atlanta Falcons. In those games, teams racked up an average rushing stat line of 30-153-.66 with a 5.11ypc average. This is an extreme hike when compared to games where Lee played. In 6 other games with an active Lee, the Cowboys allowed an average line of 21-80-.5 with a 3.77ypc average. That’s a 91% hike in yards and a 36% uptick in yards per carry average.

Lee has a reputation for being a film junkie and his work ethic shows up in every facet of the game. His preparation allows him to key and diagnose quickly and he possesses enough athletic ability to capitalize on his excellent mental processing. Against the run, he is rarely caught out of control when filling his gaps or when tackling in space, always taking ideal angles to the ball-carrier to finish with balance and power.

Per Pro Football Focus, Lee has 14 run stops, which leads the Cowboys linebackers, a statistic that is a product of not only his run and tackle ability, but his penchant for stacking and shedding blockers with excellent timing and leverage.

Add to that Lee’s penchant for making big plays against the Eagles, like this one from last year, knocking the Eagles out of field goal range and preventing the Cowboys from going down to scores:

 

One last stat: since 2013, the Eagles are 3-1 when Lee is out. The Cowboys will be searching for answers at the weakside linebacker spot this Sunday, but you can be sure they won’t be able to fully replace the disciplined and uber-prepared Lee.

Michael is an NFL Draft enthusiast, aspiring scout, and grandson of longtime East Stroudsburg (Pa.) HS football coach John P. Kist. He hosts Locked On Eagles and writes for Inside the Pylon & Breaking Football.

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Is WR Quez Watkins the next late-round steal?

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Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

On today’s Locked On Eagles:

Could rookie WR Quez Watkins be the next late-round steal for the Eagles?

Louie sits down with one of the best up and coming college coaches in Southern Miss WR Coach Scotty Walden to discuss what the Eagles have in Watkins. Walden gets into the maturation he saw from Watkins throughout college both on and off the field, his elite speed, and the other strengths and weaknesses of his game

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All-Time Eagles Simulation Game #1: Louie vs Lars

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Louie DiBiase takes on Lars Lewis in the Locked On Eagles “All-Time Eagles Simulation” season opener!

A battle between Carson Wentz and Randall Cunningham kicks off the regular season stage of the simulation through Madden 2004.

Team Louie:                                                                                                

QB- Carson Wentz                                                                         

RB- Ricky Watters                                                                                

RB-Jay Ajayi                                                                                              

WR- Harold Carmichael                                                                              

WR- Jeremy Maclin                                                                                    

WR- Nelson Agholor                                                                                    

TE- Zach Ertz and Keith Jackson                                                              

OT- Bob Brown                                                                                            

OG- Evan Mathis                                                                                        

C- Stefen Wisniewski                                                                                  

OG- Jim Ringo                                                                                               

OT- Lane Johnson   

                                                                                    

DE- Clyde Simmons                                                                                     

DT- Fletcher Cox                                                                                           

DT- Mike Patterson                                                                                       

DE- Greg Brown                                                                                           

LB- Mychal Kendricks                                                                                  

LB- DeMeco Ryans                                                                                       

LB- Frank LeMaster                                                                                       

CB- Sheldon Brown                                                                                        

CB- Brandon Boykin                                                                                        

CB- Lito Sheppard                                                                                        

S- Wes Hopkins                                                                                                

S- Rodney McLeod       

         

Team Lars:

QB- Randall Cunningham

RB- LeSean McCoy

RB- Harold Carmichael

WR- DeSean Jackson

WR- Irving Fryar

WR- Fred Barnett

TE- Dallas Goedert and Pete Retzlaff

OT- Al Wistert

OG- Shawn Andrews

C- David Alexander

OG- Brandon Brooks

OT- Jerry Sismore

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DT- Michael Bennett 

DT- Jevon Kearse

DE- Hugh Douglas

LB- Byron Evans

LB- Seth Joyner

LB- Bill Berey

CB- Eric Allen

CB- Avonte Maddox

CB- Roynell Young

S- Cre’Von LeBlanc

S- Andre Watters

                                                                 

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Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

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