It’s fine when an elite cornerback like Richardon Sherman opens up his mouth too often. He backs it up with stellar play on the football field. When the Dallas Cowboys signed Brandon Carr to a five-year, $50.1 million contract prior to the start of the 2012 season, they thought he would be a shutdown corner like Sherman has been with the Seattle Seahawks.
That obviously hasn’t happened.
Dallas ranked 30th in the NFL in pass defense last season and 19th in that very same category in 2012.
This hasn’t stopped Carr from opening his mouth, via the Star-Telegram.
I’m trying to take over the league…I get emotional when I say that because I’m dead serious, man. I’ve been playing this game for six years now, and I’m just ready to make that jump and become that shutdown corner.
According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Carr ranked 74th among qualifed cornerbacks in pass coverage last season. He recorded three interceptions and 13 passes defended in 16 starts.
To be fair, the Carr hasn’t had much help in the defensive secondary. Dallas’ safety play has bordered on horrible over the past two seasons and former first-round pick Morris Claiborne simply hasn’t been able to stay healthy opposite Carr at cornerback.
Maybe Carr does indeed pull a Sherman and brings that talking to the football field by virtue of production come the 2014 season. I am sure all Cowboys fans are hoping so.
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