It’s Time To Appreciate CB Brandon Carr

    Over the years, the blame for Cowboys losses has been passed around pretty equally. Everyone has their own theory for why the Cowboys haven't been able to return to the since January of 1996, but almost all criticisms of the team go right back to their . And, in particular, their (in)ability to play effective pass defense.

    The poster-children for this hate have been and . Both added after the debacle at the Meadowlands in 2011, Carr and Mo' were supposed to help solidify a defense which had failed one too many times.

    Claiborne was drafted high, and cost the Cowboys both their first and pick, and Carr signed a massive contract worthy of a shut-down number one . Despite my affection for both these players as people, the facts are that neither player performed up to their costs during the early parts of their time in Dallas.

    These last two years, however, both players have improved drastically. While Claiborne has received a ton of love this season for his performance, many fans still refuse to appreciate what Brandon Carr is doing for the Cowboys.

    Well, it's time to open your eyes.

    For the second consecutive week, Carr was assigned to follow the opposing team's number one receiver all over the field on Sunday. And for the second consecutive week, he did a fantastic job against one of the league's best.

    ' stud wide-out has been having a breakout year of sorts, rising to number one on ' position player (for whatever that's worth). Evans torched ' star and the Legion of Boom at times during their match up, finishing the game with 8 catches on 11 targets for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns. Against Kansas City's vaunted defense, Evans went for 6 catches and 105 yards in another Tampa Bay win.

    But, against Brandon Carr and the “Legion of Whom?” Evans was held relatively quiet, finishing with just 4 catches on 8 targets for 59 yards. This comes after Carr held under 100 yards the week before, though Odell did break off one long reception for a touchdown.

    One of the best qualities Carr has is something that many of his teammates in the have lacked, durability. Say what you will about his play each week, but Carr is always on the field and ready to play no matter the circumstances. In fact, Carr has not missed a game due to his entire career (knock on wood).

    The Cowboys had hoped that Carr could be their number one corner who could follow the opposing team's best when they signed him to a huge deal back in the Spring of 2012. Four years in, he is finally turning out to be that very player. And when Carr and Claiborne are back to playing together, this secondary becomes even more formidable.

    Kevin Brady
    Kevin Brady
    Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.


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