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DeMarcus Lawrence’s “Where’s Waldo?” Impersonation Needs to end

DeMarcus Lawrence is off to a slow start in 2020.

With brown hair and a gangly build with Coke bottle rimmed glasses, a man dressed in a red and white striped shirt with matching stocking cap entertained many of us growing up. Hiding in plain sight we frantically searched the page he was hidden on. Where’s Waldo? This is what comes to mind when I think of DeMarcus Lawrence’s play so far this season.

Whether he means to or not, DeMarcus Lawrence has been doing his best “Where’s Waldo?” impersonation through the first three weeks of the 2020 season. The relentlessness and effort is still there, but sadly the production is not. With all of the other defensive woes, Lawrence’s ineffectiveness is somewhat flying under the radar.

Now, I’m not here to call out DeMarcus Lawrence or suggest he’s any more responsible than anyone else for the Dallas Cowboys struggles on the defensive by the ball. I merely wanted to point out it’s time for No. 90 to play up to his talent and pay grade. To do that he probably needs to make a few adjustments, starting from the ground up.

Make no mistake, DeMarcus Lawrence is still one of the better EDGE players in the NFL. His struggles thus far this season aren’t really all his fault. There’s reason to believe he can rebound and become the dominant force he once was, but first he needs to go back to what’s worked for him in the past. Getting healthy won’t hurt either.

DeMarcus Lawrence
Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence

I could be completely wrong, but I believe DeMarcus Lawrence is struggling to adjust playing from a two-point stance. Throughout his career he’s played with his hand in the dirt in a three-point stance. Trying to adjust to a new system playing standing up is unfortunately impacting his technique and explosiveness off the ball. But, I don’t think that will continue much longer.

Health aside – that will eventually work itself out – DeMarcus Lawrence needs to go back to playing with his hand in the dirt. That’s where he’s at his best, at least right now. In time and with a full offseason to work on it, Lawrence could end up being just as effective standing up as he is in a three-point stance. But now’s not the time to tinker with things.

I fully expect DeMarcus Lawrence to return to his dominant form, making a huge impact as both a run defender and pass rusher. I know there are a lot of people out there around Cowboys Nation who believe the Dallas Cowboys have overpaid him and aren’t getting the return on their investment, but I promise you would be wrong. He’s worth every penny and will end up proving it in the end.

I don’t think No. 90 will be just another face in the crowd any longer once he gets healthy and returns to playing from a three-point stance. I think he’s going to start standing out in games from here on out. He may have started 2020 a little slow, but we all know it’s not how you start…it’s how you finish.

Do you think DeMarcus Lawrence can return to his dominant form?

What do you think?

Brian Martin

Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.


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  1. One of the many problems or challenges the cowboys are facing is that many of their high priced and supposedly best players are not playing up to their pay grade. Lawrence has been MIA this yr and Zeke absolutely stunk up the joint last wk Dak has carried the team at times, but has also had some key turnovers.

    As with any sport ur best players pretty much need to bring their A game nearly every game. That hasn’t happened with the cowboys. Nor have the complimentary players or coaching staff done their part.

    Still alot to like and be optimistic about though. I still say this team will improve as the season goes along. The coaching staff and players will have more continuity and hopefully we’ll get players back from injury.

  2. Playing standing up hasn’t changed anything for D Law!! He played in his original stance last season and didn’t do much of anything then either!! He’s played poorly since he got his big contract!! And he was healthy last season too and ended the season with only 5 sacks!!

  3. D Law has been one of our biggest disappointments especially considering his salary. When ur high paid players don’t perform u have problems. Elliott needs to get on track and be a difference maker as well. He looked like he was in a daze that whole Seattle game. I wonder if he was stoned? And I’m not being facetious.

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