Sean Lee missed all of 2014 with a torn ACL in his left knee. The Dallas defensive coaches were left to cobble together a linebacking corps in a hurry that featured unknown and inconsistent players, though Justin Durant, Bruce Carter, Rolando McClain, and rookie Anthony Hitchens distinguished themselves as impact players during the season.
With Durant gone to Atlanta, Carter to Tampa Bay, and a Cowboys divorce with McClain imminent, linebackers coach Matt Eberflus is "excited" to see a familiar face return.
"I know he’s been working his tail off," Eberflus said Friday at TCU’s pro day. "So we’ll see how he goes. One day at a time type of thing and philosophy. And he’s been doing really good."
Cowboys COO Stephen Jones said earlier in the week at the owners meetings in Phoenix that Lee would probably be moved to weakside linebacker. Eberflus believes it doesn’t matter where Lee is moved.
"I think, Sean, if it says ‘linebacker’ behind the position, I think he’s going to be okay," said Eberflus. "I think that we’ll tie all these guys together and see how they fit. And we’ll find the best position for them."
Rookie Anthony Hitchens becomes a second-year player, and the Cowboys also added Andrew Gachkar, Keith Rivers, and Jasper Brinkley to their linebacking corps. The 2015 Cowboys linebackers are just as diverse as last year’s corps when Lee went down.
Amid all the changes, Eberflus can count on the high performance of Lee, and that inspires Eberflus heading into off-season workouts.
"Sean’s uniqueness in his ability, like a few other guys that we’ve had, he’s able to play all positions. He can really play all positions. That’s what makes him a valuable asset to our defense. He will certainly be good once we get him there and get him going.