Like all his teammates on the defensive side of the football, linebacker Sean Lee has been charged with learning a brand new defense this offseason--specifically, the 4-3 defense brought in by new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. As the signal caller of the defense, it may be more important for Lee to go into the season with a complete understanding of the system than anyone else.
“Mastering it inside and out is my goal,” Lee said last week, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The fact that Lee has had three defensive coordinators in his first four seasons in the league might be viewed as a hindrance to his development, but the Penn State product doesn’t look at it that way. Rather, he sees his experience under a few different coordinators could serve him well down the line.
“I see it as a positive,” Lee said. “I’ve been with three defensive coordinators in Coach Phillips, Rob Ryan and Coach Kiffin. I see it as an opportunity to learn more defense. You take the great things you learn from every coordinator with you, and then you try to continue to learn. I’m going to try to continue to learn with Coach Kiffin. I don’t see it as an issue at all. I think Coach Kiffin, it’s been very easy to learn. He coaches with passion. He has an unbelievable knowledge. So for me, it’s just another opportunity to work with a great coach.”
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