For years I tried to understand why Marcus Spears was always guaranteed a starting job when he rarely made any big plays, read here.
The seven-year veteran defensive end was moved from the left to the right side, a switch he described as ‘uncomfortable.’ His numbers reflected it as he only recorded 29 tackles and one sack.
“It was a new position I’ve never played before. I’m a team guys and tried to do whatever helped us win, but I had some problems with it,” Spears said before competing in the Josh Howard celebrity basketball game on Saturday evening. “It’s like telling a right-handed shooter to shoot left-handed. It was completely different.”
But Spears will be back on the left side this season and says he hopes to make a bigger impact in 2012 after never truly producing like his first-round draft status suggested he would.
“I want to come out and play well and get back to my form of being that run-stopper. I want to be a guy that’s reliable. I haven’t put up the gaudy sack numbers or (lived up to) the first-round hype that you get especially being drafted with DeMarcus Ware, but I’ve been doing my job for a long time at a high level and hopefully can continue to do that on the side I’m used to.”
Doing your job at a high level means you would be noticed by your peers as one of the best in the game. The Cowboys almost let him go two years ago and then oddly signed him long term last season after they lost Stephen Bowen.
Spears will have some competition for his starting job this year from Tyrone Crawford and Sean Lissemore. If he loses the starting role he could be cut.