Last season, there was only one cornerback on this entire roster that played above expectations and that was Orlando Scandrick. Going forward, that needs to change. Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne need to better in 2014 if the Dallas Cowboys want to make the playoffs. The main reason for this is because the Cowboys do not have a proven free safety behind the cornerbacks.
Yes, Barry Church is a good player, but he is a strong safety and he is usually not in coverage. Another thing is that Dallas’ pass rush may not be that good and reliable in 2014. With all of that being said, Dallas’ cornerbacks need to get better.
Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has said that he feels that Dallas’ cornerbacks are real good in man coverage. While that is great, it doesn’t mean a lot if you can’t generate a consistent pass rush. Defensive backs can only keep up with their opponents for so long. The Cowboys didn’t sign a big-name cornerback this year and they didn’t draft a cornerback until the seventh round. That tells me that they are committed to the trio of Carr, Claiborne, and Scandrick.
Even if Claiborne stays in the slot position, he can still make his impact felt by taking away the slot receiver and making quarterbacks make the longer pass by throwing to the outside receivers.
Carr is Dallas’ No. 1 cornerback and that won’t change. He has been beaten by many lower-tier receivers before. One example is Thanksgiving last year, when former Cowboy Andre Holmes had a career day against Carr.
If Dallas’ defense is to be better in 2014, it all starts with their cornerback play. The Cowboys have invested too much time and money into this position in the past and 2014 needs to be the year where it finally all pays off. Training camp is around the corner and the time is now for the Cowboys to get better on defense.