NFC East: Courntney Brown

The Pacman contingency plan

October, 9, 2008
10/09/08
12:11
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

As of late last night, Cowboys coaches were preparing as if Adam "Pacman" Jones would play against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. In case you've been hiding under a rock for the past 24 hours, Jones was involved in a little dust-up at a trendy hotel in downtown Dallas early Wednesday morning.

From what I'm told, the coaches are assuming that owner Jerry Jones was able to smooth things over with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who just happened to be in town for a visit. But at this point, I'm not sure that's a safe assumption.

Here's the contingency plan if Jones misses Sunday's game: Anthony Henry will start at one corner and rookie Mike Jenkins will start at the other. Rookie Orlando Scandrick will replace the injured Terence Newman in the nickel.

The Cowboys know that Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley will spread them out with three- and four-receiver sets. Oh, and don't forget that Courtney Brown and Keith Davis will see a lot of time at safety because of injuries to Roy Williams and Pat Watkins.

This is a recipe for disaster against a dangerous offensive team. Kurt Warner is great at releasing the ball after a three-step drop. I think the Cowboys will play some man coverage in an attempt to force Warner to hold the ball a little longer. That would give DeMarcus Ware and Greg Ellis an extra second to get to Warner.

OK, I have to meet Ed Werder and his TV truck at Valley Ranch in 20 minutes. For those of you waiting on the Chris Samuels interview, I've moved it back to later this afternoon. Thanks for your patience.

Ed Werder checks in to try and answer some questions about the latest incident involving Adam Jones.

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