Looks like the Cowboys might've wasted their second high draft pick on a linebacker in recent years.
Of course, Bill Parcells took Bobby Carpenter out of Ohio State in the first round a few years back as a favor to Bobby's dad, who played for Parcells. Carpenter ended up being a bust, purely because of how highly he was drafted. Miss him?
In April, the Cowboys took Sean Lee out of Penn State in the second round with the idea he would immediately step in to the nickel package, making Carpenter expendable.
Of course, Carpenter is now in, you guessed it, Miami, where Parcells is in the front office in whatever capacity he is now after playing nearly 40 percent of the Cowboys' defensive snaps last year and actually having a decent season.
And Lee is ... a non-factor in Dallas.
So calling Lee a failure might be jumping the gun a bit this early, but he's clearly not going to fill the role he was supposed to when he was drafted.
“I don’t think he’s suited for that role,” Cowboys head coach and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips told Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com.
Right now, Keith Brooking is playing in the nickel package. Keith Brooking is also 35 years old and hasn't taken a breather yet this season. Now, we all know Brooking is a beast of Braveheart proportions but the guy's going to need to get some rest sooner or later and it likely won't happen until someone steps up into the nickel role.
Calling Barry Church!
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