The Dallas Cowboys benched linebacker Bruce Carter the past two weeks in favor or Ernie Sims. After Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder made Sims look foolish on a scramble for a touchdown, and some other bad plays, the Cowboys put Carter in the game.
He responded well and got six tackles in the game. Still, he doesn’t understand why he was benched.
“To be honest, I really don’t even know,” Carter said, via ESPN Dallas. “It really wasn’t legit. It is what it is.”
“I’ve never doubted myself,” Carter said. “I know what type of player I am. I can play at this level and be productive at it. I showed last game. I’ve never doubted myself. I’m just trying to get whatever the coaches are looking for from me to get back on the field.”
It could be the fact that San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead made him look foolish. Woodhead burned Carter twice for touchdowns in the week four loss. The Cowboys didn’t bench Carter then though, they kept playing him. The bounce back performance should help him hold onto his role for the remainder of the season and head coach Jason Garrett noticed.
“I think we saw a lot of what Bruce Carter is able to do in that game,” Garrett said. “He flew around a little bit more and was very productive, made tackles in space, made two key third-down stops for us and just seemed to be more active and played more decisively and with more confidence.”