- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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SAN ANTONIO – Linebacker Sean Lee considered Rob Ryan’s recent controversial comment to be inspirational.
Ryan vowed to kick the rear – he used a three-letter synonym – of the “all-hype team,” which seemed to be a thinly veiled shot at the Philadelphia Eagles after the defending NFC East champions’ high-profile shopping spree.
“I love it. I love it. I love his comment,” Lee said Tuesday on ESPN 103.3's Galloway & Company. “Go ahead and say it, because guess what? That just makes us motivated to go out and prove it.”
Lee especially loves his new defensive coordinator’s swagger. Lee believes that was the main missing ingredient for the Dallas defense last season, when the Cowboys allowed the most points in franchise history and the NFC.
“He’s our leader and he’s out there saying what he says and I love it,” Lee said. “The big thing of our defense is that [people] might have thought we quit, but I think it was about our confidence. Guys had just played so well for so many years and were certainly not playing well and [lost] that confidence.
“He brings that confidence, no matter what. No matter what’s going on, he’s going to bring that confidence. That’s what he had lost, and I think that’s what we’re really feeding off right now.”