Many people, myself included, had questions regarding the Dallas cornerbacks under new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. On Friday, Cowboys DB Brandon Carr spoke with Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News, and answered some questions regarding the new defense.
At one point in the interview, Carr was asked about the Corners increased responsibility in run support, to which he answered.
"They already told us to pretty much get ready for 16 weeks of being as physical as you can be," Carr said. "Not only disrupting the timing of the receivers but also when our number is called to come up and stop the run and come up and tackle. That’s what corners were doing in the playoffs. That’s what secondaries are doing, stopping those big runs and at the same time still covering. So it’s going to take all 11 guys this year to get the job done and we finally see that now."
As we discussed in our first trip to the chalk board, we can expect our CB's to be lined up tight on the line and getting their hands on the WR's as well as attacking the run game.
"At the end of the day it’s going to turn into man-to-man," Carr said. "You just have to have the mindset that you’re going to shut down your side of the field. I talked to Claiborne and we’re both on the same page. The coaches seem pretty enthused with the game plan that we’re going to be bringing to the games. It’s just all about us going out there and getting repetitions and getting better as a team."
Finally, he discussed his counterpart Morris Claiborne and what this off season means for the 2012 first-round pick.
"It’s a full off-season for him to get better in the classroom and on the field," Carr said after reading to children for a United Way event at Edward Titche Elementary School in Dallas. "His confidence was already soaring as the season was coming to an end, so he needs to continue to bring that each week."
So it seems optimism is building around Valley Ranch, and at least one veteran is ready to get on the field and start making things happen.
For more from this interview, be sure to check out this post from our own Tom Ryle.