OXNARD, Calif. -- All due respect to Monte Kiffin’s Tampa 2, but no defensive scheme is good enough to force turnovers if it doesn’t feature playmakers.
The Cowboys believe Sean Lee and Bruce Carter can be that type of impact players in Kiffin’s scheme for years to come. The highlight of the Dallas Cowboys’ first practice of training camp only enhanced that vision.
Carter, one of the league’s most athletic linebackers, made a leaping deflection of a Tony Romo laser beam thrown into heavy traffic. Lee came up with the rebound and a nice return after the pick.
Lee is a proven playmaker when healthy, picking off four passes and recovering two fumbles in 2011, during which he missed only one game. Carter hasn’t forced any turnovers in his career, but his speed and athleticism give him great playmaking potential as the Will linebacker in Kiffin’s scheme.
On one hand, it wasn’t exactly encouraging to see Romo, who tied for the league lead with 19 interceptions last season, have a risky throw get picked off. But creating more turnovers is a major priority for the Dallas defense, which had only 16 last season, 28 fewer than the Tampa 2-playing Chicago Bears.