George Selvie Is Making A Name For Himself In Dallas
By Kenny Decker
Jay Ratliff, Anthony Spencer and DeMarcus Ware have been the forces behind the Dallas defensive line for the last few years. But last Sunday and, most likely, once again this Sunday, none of the three will be lining up on the defensive line.
Ratliff has been released, and issues are now surrounding that whole situation questioning his motives. Spencer is out for the season due to a knee injury, and Ware is battling a quad injury that could have him sidelined for a few weeks. The three have combined for 12 Pro Bowl appearances and totaled 174.5 sacks throughout their careers in Dallas. Needless to say, they have been wreaking havoc on opposing quarterbacks for years. But this season, the Cowboys defense can’t rely on these three. One has left town, one is done for the season, and the third is battling injury and will be battling double teams all season long.
The defensive unit has tallied 20 sacks this season — just four of those being Ware’s. So the somewhat “no-name” defense has 16 of those sacks, and as a unit, they are ranked tied for seventh in the league in sacks. They are also tied for 11th in forced fumbles.
A big part of their success has been the emergence of George Selvie. Selvie has stepped in very nicely on the defensive line filling in for the missing Spencer and, for now, Ware. Selvie has five sacks to his name as well as three tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. They aren’t asking him to be Spencer or Ware; he was just asked to fill in. He’s come to work week after week and filled his role nicely in the Cowboys’ defense.
Selvie is just 26 years old, and has plenty of room to grow. He has already broken out this season with five sacks, previously having just three since being drafted in 2010. So Selvie has emerged at just the perfect time for Dallas, as they have searched to fill their need for pass-rushers very quickly. Big D can only hope that in the future he develops into a Ware or Spencer, but right now, that’s not what they need. They just need Selvie to continue posing a threat.
Last week in Philly, he picked up two sacks. He’ll have his hands full this Sunday as Detroit has only allowed nine sacks this season, but with the secondary improving and Sean Lee leading the linebacking corps, Dallas will just be looking for its defensive line to create pressure on Matthew Stafford. If they make him move around and force him to make tough throws, it will prevent him from locking in with Calvin Johnson and possibly force some turnovers.
So Selvie may not be making the highlight plays that Ware and Spencer have been known to make, but he’s improving, and expect to see more and more of him in the backfield as the season progresses.