FRISCO – Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is leading the NFL with 7½ sacks and opponents are taking notice.
The Rams on Sunday slowed Lawrence with double teams and by chipping him at the line of scrimmage with running backs and tight ends. That’s going to be the new normal for Lawrence after his fast start. His one-on-one opportunities will now be few and far between.
But how will Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli adjust and find a way to free up his best pass-rusher?
Marinelli said he prefers to keep Lawrence at left-side end instead of moving him around. He said he prefers to use stunts and other “games” to help him out.
“He’s really comfortable on that side right now and he is taking advantage of those singles,” Marinelli said. “We just have to get everybody, when a guy like that starts to get doubled and chipped, somebody else has got to step up.”
Marinelli knows offenses won’t make life easy on Lawrence going forward.
“I got to find a way to get him in position where I can get him some singles too and there are ways to do that,” Marinelli said. “And it’s awesome. He’s just a warrior. I don’t know if you see him sprint to the ball, but that’s the part to me, that is what separates a number of guys to a real All-Pro type of player. That is the difference to me. That’s what helps your team win.
“He’s resilient. He just keeps coming. That’s his personality.”
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