The Cowboys’ defense was a mess last year, and Brandon Carr knows he needs to do something about that.
Carr, the veteran cornerback who’s heading into the third year of a five-year, $50 million contract, says he expects to have his biggest season in 2014.
“I just feel like this year it’s time for me to step it up bigger than I have in my six years in the NFL and come out there and produce and make the plays on my side of the ball and also get my guys going, need to get my guys going this year,” Carr said on KRLD, via the Dallas Morning News.
The Cowboys promoted Rod Marinelli to defensive coordinator this season and shifted Monte Kiffin to assistant head coach, and Carr said that’s not a significant change, but it may make the Cowboys a more aggressive team.
“I think our philosophy has changed. Just want to be a little bit more aggressive in the back end — kind of put some more weight on our shoulders,” Carr said.
We hear vows to step it up and promises of more aggressiveness on defense often in the offseason. In the case of the Cowboys, an improvement on defense is a necessity if they’re going to get out of their 8-8 rut and into the playoffs.