ARLINGTON, Texas – For the first time as a Cowboy, Brandon Carr didn’t look like 50 million bucks Monday night.
The Cowboys signed Carr this offseason to give them a shutdown cornerback capable of taking No. 1 receivers out of the game. Carr called himself out after Chicago’s Brandon Marshall torched the Cowboys for 138 yards and a touchdown on seven catches.
Not all of Marshall’s receptions came against Carr. He made some big plays when the Bears managed to get him matched up on safeties in the middle of the field.
But Carr couldn’t stop Marshall, who caught every pass intended for him except for one. One play particularly stuck in Carr’s craw: Marshall’s leaping catch over Carr for a 30-yard gain to set up a field goal that stretched Chicago’s lead to 17 early in the fourth quarter.
“I knew it was going to be a 60-minute battle,” said Carr, who was familiar with Marshall from their AFC West days with the Chiefs and Broncos. “I knew his capabilities. He got some plays on me. He’s a good receiver. Hat off to him, but you know … ah, I don’t know what to say.”
At this point, Carr paused, tilted his head back and let out a frustrated shout.
“I am frustrated, I’m sorry,” Carr said. “It’s just tough. I have to find a way to get those balls out, especially that deep ball.”
Carr embraces the standards that come along with his $50 million contract. He didn’t live up to them Monday night.