Brandon Carr on suspensions: We have to come together even stronger

AP

The Cowboys got a double dose of bad news on the suspension front Thursday with the NFL announcing a 10-game ban for linebacker Rolando McClain as well as upholding the four-game penalty handed down to defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence earlier this offseason.

Lawrence’s fellow defensive end Randy Gregory will also open the year by serving a four-game suspension, leaving the Cowboys down three players that would be major parts of their defense in a perfect world. Cornerback Brandon Carr said on Sirius XM Radio with Zig Fracassi and Phil Savage that their absences raise the stakes for the rest of the players on that side of the ball.

“Well, anytime you get a guy going down in your unit, you have to come together even stronger to make up for that slack,” Carr said. “But Rolando is a guy that’s made a lot of plays for us in the past two years, another dominant presence on the field. So we’re definitely going to miss that. But football’s a game of the next man up, it’s a game of inches. So it’s going to take for all of us to come to training camp focused and next man up, get him ready, get prepared to go out there to battle.”

There were questions about the quality of the Cowboys defense when the three suspended players were expected to be in the mix to open the season, so the remaining hands on deck will have a big task ahead of them once camp gets underway later this month.

19 responses to “Brandon Carr on suspensions: We have to come together even stronger

  1. thefootballgodssay

    Maybe just maybe let training camp and pre season happen before making a week 1 prediction…

  2. People forget that the “experts” were gleefully throwing out “worst defense ever” predictions for 2014, and that unit was perfectly solid…and QUITE A BIT LESS TALENTED AND DEEP than the 2016 defense EVEN WITH the suspensions (losing McClain for 10 games is still a far cry from no Sean Lee for the entire season, as was the case in 2014). The fools keep basing their expectations for the defense off the 2015 production that was MASSIVELY dragged down by the offense, which is set to be worlds better for 2016. Shockingly [sarcasm font], as always football is a TEAM game. If the offense approaches 2014 levels again, the defense WILL be solid (or better) too. And if the offense isn’t high-end, the team won’t be either. Pretty simple.

  3. As a Dallas fan, its so disheartening to see this kind of crap.

    I hope these clowns get their asses kicked by their non suspended teammates. You know, the ones who have to pick up the slack for these jackwagons

  4. Jerruh and his son are doing their due diligence to find some new defensive leaders by scouring the lists of guys recently “waived” by local jails.

  5. Cowboys are fragile and/or grimey, Giants tried to buy a team instead of build it, Eagles have more money allocated to the QB position than most other teams, yet still don’t have a starting caliber player… Fun time to be a Skins fan.

  6. Dallas has druggies on their team the eagles are a mess the redskins did not beat a team over 500 the NY GIANTS has a great QB it is fun being a NY GIANTS fan these days # go GIANTS

  7. thefootballgodssay……Maybe just maybe let training camp and preseason happen before making a week 1 prediction…..

    But it`s ok for all of those so called experts to predict that the Cowboys will win the division with hardly any defense at all……Child Pleeeze!!!!!!

  8. All because of the permissive culture created by Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett. There is no accountability. 2016 is just another wasted year in Dallas. They’ll go 5-11 but Jerry won’t care as long as he makes money. And the players won’t care either as long as they get their game checks and get to smoke their marijuana. Then it’s all good.

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