The Dallas Cowboys owner made a statement last week about how his team was going to dominate the Giants. he might have wanted to consult his depth chart, or the doctors before making that statement. This news came out this morning:
“Mike Jenkins will not practice while the Cowboys are in California and his availability to start the regular season is in doubt.”
The lack of depth on the Cowboys is stunning. They signed former Jet safety Brodney Pool this offseason, and then cut him this week. Signing a Jet safety probably wasn’t the best idea, and Pool proved he’s not interested in working hard. Thaf leaves Gerald Sensabaugh and Barry Church as the starters right now. No wonder Hakeem Nicks is working so hard to get back healthy for opening night. Behind them are listed 5 guys with a combined 4 years of experience. The dream of having a shut down secondary might have to put on hold for a while. Add to this the fact that Morris Claiborne is already hurt, and Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick were the guys you wanted to replace, are the backups.
On offense it doesn’t look any prettier: Dez Bryant, who is one wild weekend away from a suspension, and Miles Austin are the starting wide-outs. Miles managed to get into 10 games last year because of injuries, while Bryant played in 15. Behind them? Kevin Ogletree at 6′ 1″ and 190 and Dwayne Harris at 5’10”. At running back they have DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones. Murray had a great season last year, but was injured the final 5 games and registered just 17 carries for 63 yards in that span. Felix finished the season with efforts of 4/24 against Philly and 11/30 versus the Giants in must win games.
The new NFL is a pass first league. The Cowboys seem ill prepared for such a journey. They seem to have no available answers for the 4 and 5 wide sets they will see against most teams. They also seem like they are one nagging injury away from a losing season.