EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 01: D.J. Ware #28 of the New York Giants runs with the ball against Sean Lee #50 and Bruce Carter #54 of the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Did you ever think there would be a time this year when you questioned whether Sean Lee was the best inside linebacker on the Dallas Cowboys' roster?
That question is anything but a shot at Lee, who has emerged as one of the top young linebackers in the NFL and the heart and soul of the Cowboys' defense this season before being lost for the season with a foot injury.
But hey, folks, Bruce Carter can play. Since taking Lee's place as a starting inside linebacker and taking over the communications position on the defense and making calls at the line, Carter has been nothing short of phenomenal and has shown why Carter was taken in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft despite the fact he was coming off a torn ACL.
Since Lee has been gone, Carter has shown extreme athleticism in running down just about everything, whether it's a running back trying to hit the edge or a wide receiver on a bubble screen. Lee is plenty athletic, but Carter is freakishly so.
He had 10 tackles in Sunday's win over Philadelphia, and all 10 of them were of the solo variety, which is pretty phenomenal. Folks have plenty of right to question the Cowboys' drafts over the past decade or so, but both Lee and Carter have turned into big hits and some good value.
Rest easy, Cowboys fans. You appear to be set at inside linebacker for the next decade or so.