On paper, the Dallas Cowboys have one of the best cornerback trios in the NFL with Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, and Orlando Scandrick. That wasn’t in the case last season when the Cowboys were ranked 32nd in the league in passing yards allowed. That stat, however, is very flawed. The reason being is the Cowboys had an awful pass rush last year and that makes it more difficult for the secondary to cover their main. By bringing in Henry Melton and DeMarcus Lawrence, and getting a healthy Anthony Spencer and Tyrone Crawford, Dallas’ pass rush will be much more efficient in 2014 and that is great news for the Cowboys’ secondary.
Defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson has been in Dallas for a few years now and he believes the Cowboys will be much better in the secondary in 2014. This is what he had to say about the trio for next season.
We’ve got 3 cornerbacks who we think are starting-caliber cornerbacks. We’re just rotating those guys and getting them all reps and getting them ready to play.
Although the Cowboys will not have big-name players like Sean Lee, DeMarcus Ware, and Jason Hatcher for next season, expect Dallas’ defense to be much improved. With Rod Marinelli taking over the defensive coordinator duties, this defense will be much more aggressive and that is going to be the name of the game for the Cowboys in 2014.
Out of the three, Scandrick had the best season last year, but the Boise State product fits better in the slot. 2014 will likely be the last year for Claiborne if he doesn’t improve on his previous two seasons. The problem with Carr is that he looked nicked up at times last year and the inconsistent pass rush really hurt him. The Cowboys will go with more press coverage in 2014 and that is something Carr and Claiborne excel in. This defense may not be a top-ten one next season, but it will definitely be much better than the one they fielded last season.