Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Cites Examples of Michael Jordan, Lebron James on How He Combats Criticism

Published 07/31/2021, 2:04 PM EDT
Chicago Bulls All-Star forward # 23 Michael Jordan file photos. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage)


The Dallas Cowboys defense was bashed left and right last season for their poor performances. Giving up 473 points, the Cowboys defense ranked 28th in the league for total points conceded.

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And it was in particular their run defense which came under the scanner. Allowing 158.8 rushing yards a game, the Cowboys fared second worst in the league when it came to defending against the opposition’s run attack.

With linebackers having to take the fall for this one, Jaylon Smith was in the firing line of fans and critics alike. But among the Cowboys defense, Smith was actually a shining light.

Averaging way better than his teammates’ output the linebacker was unfortunately at the end of unwarranted criticism. But does that mean that he’s going to be weighed down by it? Not at all.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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