The Dallas Cowboys will be in for a long year on the defensive side of the ball. The Cowboys’ defensive line consists of unproven players and that makes it extremely difficult for the secondary to cover their guys. Another thing to remember is that the Cowboys will be without Orlando Scandrick, who will not play the first four games of the season for violating the league’s drug policy.
Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne have had problems staying consistent during their time with the Cowboys. It may be a lot to ask, but Carr and Claiborne need to be significantly better in 2014. The Cowboys invested a lot of money and risk in the duo of Carr and Claiborne. Despite some glimpses of dominance, both have failed to exceed expectations. Scandrick was by far the best cornerback on the roster in 2013, but the absence of him for the first quarter of the season makes it even more critical for Carr and Claiborne to flourish.
It also doesn’t help that the safeties behind Carr and Claiborne are inexperienced. As Cowboy fans have seen in the past, each team in the NFC East can throw the football and the Cowboys need to minimize giving up the deep passes. Carr and Claiborne have talent, but neither has shown their full potential yet. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is a risk-taker and he will have his corners jamming at the line of scrimmage. If Carr and Claiborne show more consistency, the defense will benefit a ton. The time is now for this secondary to gel and it all starts with this combination.