DALLAS – With the departure of old warhorses such as DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher from Valley Ranch, veteran leadership has had to come from George Selvie, a free agent defensive end who joined the Cowboys in last year’s training camp to bolster a defensive line beginning to suffer the injury plague.
The “Bricklayer,” as defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli labeled him last season due to his leading by example, wasn’t afraid to give his opinion on his unit.
“They think we’re the weakness of the team, but we got to prove otherwise.”
Selvie made an appearance with fellow teammates guard Ronald Leary, offensive tackle Jeremy Parnell, and offensive tackle Darrion Weems at the Dallas ISD Health Fair at Ellis Davis Field House in south Dallas.
However, Selvie still has the utmost confidence in his unit, and he is encouraged by the recent draft selections in DeMarcus Lawrence, Ben Gardner, and Ken Bishop.
“We’re getting some young guys in here that are capable of rushing the passer,” Selvie said. “You can never have too many pass rushers.”
The Dallas Cowboys made deals in the off-season to pick up defensive end Jeremy Mincey, defensive tackle Terrell McClain, and defensive tackle Henry Melton. In addition, the Cowboys re-signed homegrown defensive end Anthony Spencer, who could start out the season on the PUP list.
“We got a lot of talent out there and show what we got,” Selvie stated. “We got to get together.”
For the 27 year-old who is entering his fifth season in the league with his fifth team, Selvie says his off-season has been progressing “pretty good.” After having totaled seven sacks, second-most on the team, Selvie had surgery on his left shoulder in January.
“Right now, I’m getting back doing things, getting back on the field – get my shoulder stronger, get ready for the season.”
New defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli’s plan is to have a constant defensive line rotation. Part of that rotation needs quality from leaders by example like George Selvie.