Scandrick: Cowboys have good corners


IRVING, Texas -- The statistics say the Cowboys have the 31st-ranked pass defense in the NFL and have allowed the third-most passing first downs at 174.

But don't tell Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick the secondary is bad.

"I think if you go look at whatever stats or whatever they have, you look at our two corners, I think that we've got just as good as anybody [else's] corners statistic-wise that we're giving up as anybody in this league," Scandrick said. "If you go look at the way they calculate stats, we're making plays on the ball, PBUs [pass breakups], just to put it all on the secondary is a bit much. I get it, that's what it all comes down to because that's what you're in charge of. I feel we've got [as] good corners as anybody."

On the season the Cowboys have used three starters at corner in the base defense with Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne joining Scandrick. With Claiborne nursing a hamstring injury and now playing on the nickle defense, Scandrick and Carr are the base corners.

Carr and Scandrick are tied for the team lead with 13 pass breakups and Carr is second on the team with three interceptions, behind middle linebacker Sean Lee's four. Scandrick has two picks this season, the most in his career.

Claiborne has been the biggest disappointment considering his health issues. He suffered a separated shoulder in Week 1, and while he's third on the team with eight pass breakups he has just one interception this year.

The Cowboys do have good corners but considering the money and draft position used for all three you would think the pass defense should have better numbers. Yet pass defense is reflective in many ways of the pass rush, safety play and type of coverage employed by the defense.

Scandrick has a right to feel he's got a solid group with him, but in the final four months of the season the Cowboys' corners need to to produce.