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Rob Ryan “doesn’t know” if Cowboys will play four cornerbacks

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In explaining why the Cowboys won’t trade disgruntled, contract-year cornerback Mike Jenkins, owner Jerry Jones has steadfastly called Jenkins “a vital part of our plan.” NFL.com reported that the Cowboys could use four cornerbacks on the field simultaneously. Jones seems to buy into the four-corner idea, but it may be news to defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

I don’t know if we’ll do that,” Ryan told Tim McMahon of ESPN Dallas. “If we ever get in a need to play all those guys, then we can do that certainly.”

NFL teams do use four corners in dime packages, but we wouldn’t expect the Cowboys to use a dime alignment as their base defense. Jenkins isn’t going to be a starter in Dallas, and he’s not even going to be the third cornerback. (That’s slot corner Orlando Scandrick’s role.)

It’s perhaps noteworthy that ESPN’s Ed Werder predicted on NFL Live Wednesday that Jenkins won’t be traded. “I think in all likelihood,” Werder said, “he’s gonna play for the Cowboys this year if he’s gonna play for anyone.”

Assuming he does remain in Dallas, how much Jenkins actually plays still seems to be up in the air among Cowboys defensive decision makers.

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13 Responses to “Rob Ryan “doesn’t know” if Cowboys will play four cornerbacks”
  1. medtxpack says: May 31, 2012 1:29 PM

    This defense still needs another year to figure itself out.

  2. tejguy says: May 31, 2012 1:31 PM

    There is just no way the Cowboys can be seriously considering this scenario. The NFC East doesn’t even have a team with enough productive depth at the receiving positions other than the Giants (now minus Nicks)

    It’s been mentioned around here before but I’m sticking by holding onto Jenkins until the trade deadline in order to have depth at the position and if a CB gets injured during the off season or early in the season then trade him for a higher value.

    The Cowboys have a lot of talent but it is sad to say that Jerry Jones will keep continuing to plague the Cowboys

  3. hockeyfootball98 says: May 31, 2012 1:33 PM

    As a Cowboy fan Im tired of this story already. Nothing wrong with having four good corners on this team its likely his last season in Dallas anyway. I bet Jenkins wants out but unless someone comes to Jerry with a 1st or a solid WR3 it isnt happening.

  4. bringbacktheflex says: May 31, 2012 1:34 PM

    Jenkins isn’t a bad corner. And he hung tough last year with a lot of injuries, so you know he has some heart. I don’t know how much of Newman’s debacle was due to teams staying away from Jenkins, or knowing that Newman was just so vulnerable.

    Teams, especially Dallas, make the mistake of playing guys who make a lot of money instead of just playing the best players. If Jenkins is better this year than the others he should play. Pretty simple.

  5. tjacks7 says: May 31, 2012 1:36 PM

    Call me crazy, but I would imagine Jenkins could beat Scandrick out for the nickel job.

  6. thirstymofo says: May 31, 2012 1:40 PM

    Can’t wait to see a little salsa dance right behind all of ‘em.

  7. mexneck says: May 31, 2012 1:59 PM

    Rob u will run what Jerry tells u too,like it or not

  8. dirtydrynn27 says: May 31, 2012 2:03 PM

    For anyone to sit there and say that Mike Jenkins or anybody else that played in this joke of a secondary is a solid player…….Stay off of the Meth!!!!

    This secondary was torched repeatedly last season!!! Even the 3 other teams in that division!!! If Rex Grossman can scorch your secondary then you need to rebuild the whole secdondary…….And Rob Ryan is highly over rated!!!!

  9. sj39 says: May 31, 2012 2:12 PM

    You would think they would hang on to him for a little while for insurance considering they just spent a first and second round pick on a CB with a bad wrist.

  10. mrhurriicane says: May 31, 2012 2:15 PM

    But he does know that he will eat four large cheeseburgers before every game…

  11. solomon151 says: May 31, 2012 2:38 PM

    dirtydrynn27 says:
    May 31, 2012 2:03 PM
    For anyone to sit there and say that Mike Jenkins or anybody else that played in this joke of a secondary is a solid player…….Stay off of the Meth!!!!

    This secondary was torched repeatedly last season!!! Even the 3 other teams in that division!!! If Rex Grossman can scorch your secondary then you need to rebuild the whole secdondary…….And Rob Ryan is highly over rated!!!!
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    For one, Jenkins played hurt most of last year season. For two, Rex Grossmen had to throw the ball because they was behind. Sort of a bend but dont break type of thing. And 250 yards passing is a decent game not a great one. And I’m not sure if your paying attention or not, But this off season thats what they have been doing, Rebuilding the defense and the secondary. But, I guess its hard to pay attention puffin on that Meth Huh??

  12. hedleykow says: May 31, 2012 3:13 PM

    Carr really isn’t exceptionally talented. Look at how many times while Carr was on the field, that the Chiefs got burned on two or three plays and the game went up in flames. So, in reality, the Cowboys are tooting their own horn about cornerbacks with no justification for it. Big deal if they fill up half their roster with mediocre talent.

  13. daysend564 says: May 31, 2012 6:03 PM

    Claiborne covering the slot WR, Jenkins/Carr outside. Best case scenerio…

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