The Cowboys use a lot of rotation on their defense, with 4 players all playing more than 243 snaps at 3-4 defensive end. Those 4 players were Jason Hatcher, Kenyon Coleman, Marcus Spears, and Sean Lissemore. Lissemore only played 243 snaps, but he played the best of the four last year according to ProFootballFocus, as he had a 13.4 rating. In fact, he might be one of the league’s best kept secrets, an very underrated and underutilized player.
According to the Dallas Morning News, it “seems certain” that Lissemore, a 2010 7th round pick out of William & Mary, will have an expanded role in 2012. Lissemore isn’t that great of a pass rusher, but he graded out 3rd at his position against the run, behind only Ray McDonald and Glenn Dorsey, on the strength of 18 solo tackles, 8 assists and 16 stops on just 119 run defense snaps, while missing only 2 tackles. He also played all over the line, both end spots and another 40 snaps at nose tackle.
We’ll see if the added playing time will help or hurt him, but he’s definitely a potential breakout star. With Lissemore having an expanded role and the Cowboys using a 3rd round pick on Tyrone Crawford, another 3-4 defensive end, it is really starting to look like the rumors that Kenyon Coleman will be cut will become validated. Coleman is a marginal player, especially at 33 years of age, and owed 1.9 million this year. He seems like the odd man out.