Saturday, October 5, 2013
Returner to test Cowboys' coverage teams
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- As if Peyton Manning, Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas weren't enough to handle, the Dallas Cowboys also have to deal with Denver Broncos returner Trindon Holliday.
Holliday has an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 105-yard kickoff return for a score this season. He is averaging 14.7 yards per punt return and 46.3 yards on three kickoff returns.
"I know he's fast and small, quick," Cowboys safety Danny McCray said. "I played with him in college (at LSU). Just because he's small, he's a lot harder to take down than it looks, and I mean, he's got Olympic speed. I'm sure y'all have seen that on tape, so that's just something we've got to stop."
The Cowboys are allowing 8.1 yards per punt return and 19.2 yards on kickoff returns.
The Cowboys are less of a directional kicking team this year than they have been in the past. Special teams coach Rich Bisaccia wants more hang time with a side emphasis on directional kicking, punter Chris Jones said.
"It's more on me, I guess," Jones said. "I've just got to hit my best ball and when I do that I know we can cover him and hem him up."
Holliday has played in 21 games in his career and has six returns for a touchdown (three on punts, three on kickoffs).
"I think they've tried it all." McCray said of how teams have attempted to slow Holliday. "I just think there are a lot of missed tackles, and it's not just him. Their return team makes some good blocks. They go to the end of the whistle and a lot of times he makes one or two cuts and then nobody touches him. They're blocking good for him. Teams have tried to kick it to the side, he brings it back to the field. Teams have tried to kick it to the middle, and he's quick enough to pick a side and make a cut and go. I think we've all just got to be on our A game."