Sean Lee wanted to repeat an interception drill in practice this week when he dropped a ball he felt he should have caught.
Why did the Dallas Cowboys linebacker make that request?
“You only get so many opportunities to make plays in games,” Lee said. “I thought I had a shot at an interception I should have had, and you want to be perfect when you go into a game. You have to have all your skills there, so constantly trying to be perfect in practice.
“Working on your skills, working on your craft, is something I think we all care greatly about. It’s something I care about and I think it’s the only way to play well.”
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For the Cowboys defense to play well, Lee said, they must have takeaways. But those have been few and far between for a unit that ranked second a season ago in takeaways with 31.
The Cowboys have only had three takeaways this season – all in the Week 2 victory at Philadelphia. The have been shutout of takeaways in their other four games.
“We have to find a way to get those turnovers,” Lee said. “We are based off effort and turnovers. If we don’t have great effort and if we’re not getting turnovers, we’re not playing the right way.”