Many are assuming that Orlando Scandrick will be used as the ‘Nickel CB’ for the Cowboys defense in 2012 with Brandon Carr and Mo Claiborne as the starters.
We are doing this because we have seen Scandrick play this role for a while now.
But in 2012 we should let Rob Ryan get these guys into training camp for about two weeks before we know anything about the roles these CB’s will be playing for the Cowboys.
Check the numbers for Scandrick, Jenkins, Newman and Carr last season…
Looking at those numbers maybe Newman should have stayed and Scandrick sent packing. All I can say is the Cowboy’s top three CB’s all stunk last season. Forget sugar coating it by saying the pass rush was terrible. The Cowboys had 42 sacks in 2011 which was as many as the 49ers and only 8 less than the NFL high of 50 for the Vikings and Eagles.
This defense just could not get the job done in crunch time. We all saw them play ok for three quarters and then melt in trying to secure a late lead.
Comparing Scandrick and Jenkins. Ryan will have to determine if Jenkins can play the slot or if he wants to keep Jenkins exclusively on the outside and let Mo Claiborne play some slot CB.
I guess we should also wait and see if Jenkins shows up for the minicamps after asking for a trade. If he gets in Ryan’s doghouse before we even get to Training Camp Scandrick may win the Nickel job by default as Jenkins may be playing for another team.
Can’t wait to see how the 4th CB handles his role if everyone stays put.