The 2013 Dallas Cowboys had many weak links which led to a third straight 8-8 record. The weakest link of the team was the secondary. Dallas allowed record passing yards in multiple games last season. So will 2014 be any different for the back end of the Cowboys’ defense? Let’s try answering that in today’s breakdown of the cornerbacks.
The player Dallas needs to step up is Brandon Carr. Dallas signed Carr in 2011 to an enormous contract worth $50 million, and to this point he has been a colossal disappointment. Carr was Consistently burned by the opposing teams’ receivers. Dallas believed Carr could be a shutdown corner but that ship has sailed. Now Dallas must hope that Carr can be an adequate defensive back.
Another cornerback who has not lived up to expectations is Morris Claiborne. Dallas raved about how great Claiborne was going to be. Claiborne has had a hard time staying on the field, and he has disappointed when he has been out there. He is entering his third season and it is now or never for Claiborne to prove Dallas made the right decision when they traded up to draft him.
Dallas’ best corner in 2013 was Orlando Scandrick. Scandrick started the season as the slot corner, but when Claiborne missed games with injury he moved to the outside and more than held his own. Scandrick played so well that there has been talk he may be ranked higher on the depth chart than Claiborne heading into the 2014 season. Whether he starts on the outside or as the slot corner, Dallas will need Scandrick to be as good or better than he was last season.
Dallas drafted B.W. Webb in 2013, and he had the typical up and down rookie season. Dallas has high hopes for Webb, and they believe he will be able to contribute even more in 2014. Webb will likely see the field a lot in 2014, whether it’s due to injuries to other starters or if it’s due to other teams playing four or five wide receivers.
If Dallas is going to compete for a playoff spot in 2014 they will need a lot of things to go right. One of the biggest things they need is better play from their cornerbacks. If that doesn’t happen, Dallas will be lucky to finish 8-8 again in 2014.