Myth number four: We need to pay attention to what DeMarcus Lawrence said.
There’s no reason to be dishonest here, so we won’t be. DeMarcus Lawrence is no slouch. He’s a former Second-Team All-Pro (2017). He’s a two-time Pro Bowler (2017 and 2018).
You have to give him respect for what he’s accomplished, but he isn’t what he once was. We could go on discussing the NFL’s best defenders for hours, and DeMarcus Lawrence’s name may not come up in the conversation once. If he didn’t play for Dallas where the spotlight shines brightly, we might not mention him at all.
Maybe that’s why he has a tendency to be so chirpy whenever the Eagles pop up on Dallas’ schedule. As most of you know, he had a lot to say this week. That isn’t uncommon when these age-old rivals meet.
In 2019, he stated that Doug Pederson needed to “shut his (expletive) up” after Coach ‘guaranteed’ a victory. This time around, Jalen Hurts is the subject of his ire. In all honesty, no one really cares outside of the Dallas media.
Again, Lawrence is talented. He had the big scoop and score in Week 5 versus Los Angeles. He’s seen the Philadelphia Eagles 14 times and has been on the winning side nine times, but often, he’s had much to say while having little to do with the result.
Much of the reason for that is he’s, most of the time, been lined up across from Lane Johnson. Lawrence registered a sack in the game following his verbal assault on Doug Pederson (finally), but that’s the exception to the rule and not the rule itself.
Eagles/Cowboys games typically come and go without any mention being made of what Lawrence is doing. He has three quarterback takedowns on 557 defensive snaps versus the Birds in his career. His most recent came in Week 17 versus Philly’s backups last season.
In other words, he NEVER gets around Lane Johnson. That might be why he’s always so chirpy. Philly is truly in his head. That’s what this boils down to because from the outside looking in, we can only call something bulletin board material if it moves the guys on the opposing roster.
No one cares about what DeMarcus Lawrence has to say ahead of the coming game. Let’s move on now.