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Sean Lee leads Cowboys in tackles, but he wants interceptions too

Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee leads the team with 71 tackles.
Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee leads the team with 71 tackles. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Sean Lee leads the team in tackles, and while he’s satisfied with his play, he’s not happy.

“I feel like I’ve played well,” Lee said Friday. “I feel like I’m continuing to get better every game. I think there’s an interception or two that I’ve dropped that I’d like to have. But I feel like I’ve been able to play well and hopefully can continue to play at a higher level.”

Lee has 71 tackles, two tackles for loss and two defensed passes. He has 12 career interceptions but none this year.

Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli recently had his players watch all 25 of Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks’ interceptions. Brooks played the same weakside linebacker spot that Lee does in the Tampa 2.

Marinelli said Lee reminds him of Brooks, Warren Sapp, John Lynch, Brian Urlacher and Hardy Nickerson with both his preparation and his play.

“I think [his] intensity, purpose [stand out],“ Marinelli said. “Every down is important; every practice is important; every walkthrough is important. Every one of those things matters. The better the player, the better the focus. The guys who are really, really good, they’re on it. They don’t take anything for granted. Every play is meaningful.”

Lee has never played all 16 games in a season, and he missed 36 games his first six seasons. But he is off to a good start this year, staying injury-free.

He made his first Pro Bowl last season, missing only two games with concussions.

“He’s a really good player, and it’s great to see him in the lineup week in and week out and leading our defense,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He makes a ton of plays on the ball. He’s just a very, very productive football player. Hits on the ball is the statistic that you want your linebackers to be good at, and he makes a lot of hits on the ball.” 

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