According to the source of all sources, Jerry Jones, the team’s top remaining defender will be suspended the first four games of the 2014 season. Dallascowboys.com reports that Orlando was informed before training camp that he failed a league drug test, testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.
The test has been appealed and upheld and now the Cowboys are without their only consistent CB performer.
Brandon Carr has missed majority of training camp taking care of his mother (who sadly passed away last week) and Morris Claiborne has been tending to injuries. Both CBs severely underperformed last season and ranked as some of the worst CBs in the NFL despite their high pay/lofty draft status.
Simply switching to more man coverage won’t fix things either. While both corners are better suited for man coverage they still haven’t exactly excelled in it. They were down-right awful in off-man last season and were only adequate in press man (which is still considerably better than they were in zone coverage).
With the steady Orlando Scandrick out the first few weeks of the season, Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne will need to step up immediately and fill the void. CB depth is shallow and the Cowboys cannot afford to have Carr and Claiborne ease back in. Both must improve and both must do so immediately.
The Cowboys have a tough first four weeks to the season. They face San Fran, Tennessee, St Louis, and New Orleans.