Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence has taken the NFL by storm this season, ranking second in the NFL with 13.5 sacks behind only Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones.
He's been so good that his defensive coordinator said all he has to do is keep rushing and he'll get sacks. But he went one step further in describing his star defender, and it was a confusing step to be certain.
"He's a racing lizard out there," Marinelli told reporters at Cowboys practice Thursday. "He's all over the place."
Lawrence is quick and agile for his 6-3, 251-pound frame, but when watching him play, there are very few who would describe it as "lizard-like." Marinelli would explain.
"You can't catch him," Marinelli explained. "He's on your garage, and he's all over the place. "
That explains it. Lawrence is so quick and unpredicatable no one can catch him. But beyond any reptilian qualities, Lawrence is simply a good football player. He has had eight or more sacks two of the last three years since the Cowboys drafted him in the second round in 2014, and he is surely going to the Pro Bowl with his level of production this year.
Other than a few run-ins with officials and how they call games, Lawrence has been quiet and methodical in what he does, and what he is currently doing is borderline Defensive Player of the Year-worthy.
"His deal since he's been here is 'I am going to play hard.' He plays hard," Marinelli said. "He doesn't worry about all the other stuff. ...He has always done that. I remember ..when he had the eight sacks, I guess it was a couple years ago, he started the season off slow and it never fazed him. ...That's why I just love the guy, there's nothing that slows this guy down. ...All the sacks are great. I love how he plays the game."