Over the 2011 offseason, the Dallas Cowboys went out and spent $50 million on a career No. 2 cornerback in Brandon Carr. While many knew Carr had the future and talent to be a No. 1 cornerback in the league, he never had a chance to have time in the spotlight because the player opposite of him was Brandon Flowers. Two years ago, an argument could’ve been made that Flowers was the best cornerback in the league.
In his first year with the Cowboys, Carr exceeded expectations becoming their No. 1 cornerback, but there were some bumps along the road. In my opinion, when a cornerback has less tackles, that is a good thing because the more tackles he has, the more times he is there to make the tackle when getting beat by his opponent. In the 2012 season, Carr had 53 tackles. He also had three interceptions. Two of them were game-clinching interceptions.
In 2013, however, Carr got beat by many receivers. Pierre Garcon, in particular, had a field day against Carr on two occasions. Perhaps Carr’s worst performance for the Cowboys was on Thanksgiving last year when he matched up against Andre Holmes, who was on Dallas’ practice squad at one point in the season. In that game, Holmes caught seven passes for over 130 yards.
Carr is getting paid too much money for his type of production and the Cowboys need to make it clear to him before the 2014 season that he is on the hot seat. An argument could be made that the lack of pass rush was the problem, but Carr needs to be perform better if he wants to be a leader on this team like he wants to be. If his play doesn’t improve, the Cowboys should cut him after the season without a doubt.