The Dallas Cowboys have been looking to shore up their secondary ever since Deion Sanders left town. They’ve finally felt like they had accomplished that last season when they signed Brandon Carr away from the Kansas City Chiefs and then drafted LSU corner back Morris Claiborne.
Those two didn’t quite live up to their hype in their first season in North Texas. The Dallas Cowboys are going to expect the underachieving duo to excel next season in Monte Kiffin’s defense. And it is Monte Kiffin’s defense that should help them to exceed and become one of the best cornerback tandems in the league.
The starting corners need to live up to their billing. That didn’t happen in 2012, when Carr and Claiborne combined for only four interceptions, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
That’s not good enough for a tandem that features a $50 million man and the No. 6 overall pick in a draft.
After Kiffin’s hiring, the Cowboys’ corners were told to study the schemes in Chicago and Seattle from last season. They saw the standard for cornerbacks in the modern-day version of the Tampa 2. They watched tough, physical playmakers in Seattle’s Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner and Chicago’s Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings.
The Cowboys believe Carr and Claiborne can be that of corner tandem.