DeMarcus Lawrence did not produce as he used to have some believe that the end of the Dallas Cowboys was not so difficult.
Ever since DeMarcus Ware was shown at the door in 2014, the Dallas Cowboys have been looking for their next big war dad. Finding a pass-rusher of the caliber of a franchise proved difficult for Dallas as they rotated into replaceable parts for the next three seasons. But their patience paid off when DeMarcus Lawrence broke through with 14.5 sacks in 2017.
After delivering two consecutive double-digit seasons, the Dallas Cowboys have awarded Lawrence with the richest defensive contract in franchise history. This is the price you pay for one of the most accomplished defensive linesmen in the league.
But since he grossed that $ 21 million a year contract, Lawrence’s numbers have plummeted, leading many to believe that the man calling himself “Tank” has lost his edge and is resting on his laurels.
After averaging 12.5 sacks per season over the previous two years, Tank only produced five sacks in 2019. Not what you expect from a war dad who has played all 16 games, is it? Well, that trend continued into 2020, with Lawrence completely empty in the sack column three weeks later.
It’s clear this wasn’t the production fans expected when the Dallas Cowboys re-signed him in 2019. And it’s understandable that people believe he relaxed his game without money being a motivating force anymore.
If only the film confirmed it …
DeMarcus Lawrence is grinding for the Dallas Cowboys
Anyone who thinks D-Law is inertia now that he’s rich and dirty has clearly not seen the movie. All Lawrence did was battle. Not as a man who moves, but as a man who fights for his life. It doesn’t matter that he’s playing injured.
Last season, Lawrence was one of the best defenders in the NFL. Pro Football Focus placed him in the top 12 because layoffs alone are a pretty silly statistic for judging a player’s worth. And Lawrence was still receiving pressure and tackling for defeat that is consistent with the NFL’s best “war dads”.
Also, we analyzed in the article below, it was one of the NFL’s most double defensive goals:
Much of this has continued this season with Lawrence receiving far more attention from crime than his counterpart Aldon Smith. This is despite Smith leading the NFL this season.
Just last week we saw Lawrence repeatedly set the limit and stop Seattle’s running game. We saw him shove Wilson into his pocket. We have seen him force Wilson to go to bed (by Antwaun Woods last week and by Smith the week before). We even saw him on cover as he led off a fast lane to an otherwise open Seahawk.
All this while playing injured. All this as you first step out of a two-point stance.
It may sound like I’m looking for an apology for Lawrence, and maybe I am. I watch the movie every week and see this guy working harder than any other Cowboy on the team. I want him to win.
And while I fully admit that his numbers are down and better production is expected from him, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out how unstable the bag numbers are and how likely he is to regress to the mean (in a positive sense) in the coming years. weeks, as long as it can return closer to 100%.
We can discuss whether his best days have passed or not. And we discuss whether paying him all that money was smart or not. What we can’t discuss is whether or not money has changed it. Because D-law is out there grinding 100 percent every week. The numbers may not show it, but the movie definitely does.
So next time you hear someone say that money changed DeMarcus Lawrence ask them how many game movies they have seen, because the tank I watch is still the same ugly never-stopped rusher we loved in 2018.
Did the money change the D-law? Watch the movie and see for yourself.