The Cowboys’ insistence that they won’t trade cornerback Mike Jenkins strikes some as puzzling, considering that Dallas’s two biggest offseason moves were signing cornerback Brandon Carr and trading up to draft cornerback Morris Claiborne. But the Cowboys’ philosophy is simple: You can’t have enough good cornerbacks.
Members of the Cowboys’ coaching staff told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com that in today’s NFL, they may have four cornerbacks on the field on a regular basis, with Carr, Claiborne, Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick all getting plenty of playing time.
“This league has become a passing league,” Cowboys defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson said. “Look at what the quarterbacks are doing and how the game is kind of evolving a little bit, how they protect the quarterbacks, and rightfully so. The more cover guys you have, the better off you’ll be on defense. So any time we can put cover guys on the field in a pass situation and let those guys match up, I think it helps our defense. We’ll look to do that some if the opportunity presents itself.”
With the proliferation of the passing game resulting in NFL defenses using dime packages more frequently, four cornerbacks on the field at a time will become increasingly common. It makes a lot of sense that the Cowboys want to have four cornerbacks they can count on.