- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas -- As the Cowboys get through the quarter pole of their season, we've seen coach Jason Garrett's group go 2-2 and the accountability factor go up.
Garrett benched veteran safety Will Allen for rookie J.J. Wilcox and it seems linebacker Bruce Carter has lost his starting job to Ernie Sims. However, if Justin Durant (groin) doesn't play in Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, Carter most likely will maintain his starting spot and Sims will move to the strongside linebacker position.
Cornerback Morris Claiborne, playing with an injured shoulder, isn't the starter anymore, either. Orlando Scandrick has taken over the spot and will play a big role in the Broncos game by taking on receiver Wes Welker.
It's something Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones likes to see.
"We have to have to have accountability from top to bottom," Jones said.
It seems Garrett is holding players accountable for poor play by benching them and praising others, Jason Hatcher for one, for becoming vocal leaders. Hatcher spoke to the team prior to the St. Louis game about stepping up and being leaders on and off the field. Garrett has put several players on notice including the younger ones who thought they had a job.
"Anytime you bench a player whose played well for you and [Carter and Claiborne] have, [benching them is] disappointing," Jones said. "But I got every confidence in the world both of those gentlemen will respond and respond well."