Thornton said Baltimore RB Jamal Lewis might well present the most complete combination of pure speed and overall power of any running back the Cowboys have faced all year.
"He's a great back," Thornton said. "He's real fast, and he's real
strong. We've faced some other talented running backs this year, but
with him … I know its going to take more than one guy to bring him
down. He's too strong to bring down with just one guy."
The Cowboys have played more 3-4 defense lately than in the past, and
for Thornton, that means more responsibilities in different roles.
"In the 3-4, I play more outside linebacker," said Thornton, who is a
pass-rushing defensive end in the team's traditional 4-3 alignment.
"I'm used to playing down (as a defensive end) -- that's where I played
in college (at the University of Texas). But when I'm in at linebacker,
I have to be able to drop into coverage, too. We mix it up, so they
(opponents) don't know what to expect. You have to mix it up to keep
Thornton also said that the notion that the Ravens are a team that
relies solely on the running game and defense is not an accurate
indication of the team's abilities. Baltimore QB Kyle Boller, Thornton
said, is better than advertised.
"He's playing pretty good," Thornton said. "He's a mobile quarterback
-- he's got pretty good speed. And he has a real strong arm. He's like
a lot of young quarterbacks, trying to prove himself.
"With him, like all quarterbacks, the thing you have to do is make sure
he doesn't really get it going. If he gets hot, if he gets a lot of
confidence … when that happens, a lot of quarterbacks can be dangerous."
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