There is no question that the weakness of the Dallas Cowboys defense last season was the secondary. Game after game there would be a breakdown somewhere in coverage and you would see opposing teams beating the defense “deep.
It is already being reported that the Cowboys will be looking to bolster their secondary when the free agency period finally picks up by going after a safety. , but there is another player who will be under fire — cornerback Mike Jenkins.
Scouts Inc.’s Matt Williamson offered up his analysis on which Cowboys player needs to improve the most, in his latest “Pressure Points” feature. He writes:
“He is still a very young man — 26 years old — and he is not declining physically. His movement skills were not as strong last season. Maybe there were injuries that not everyone was aware of. Jenkins was too aggressive, gave up too many big plays and ended up taking too many pass interference calls when he guessed wrong. Jenkins needs to pay much more attention to every nuance of the position. New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan might be able to help.”
I don’t necessarily think the drop off in production this past season was all Jenkins’ fault. Former head coach Wade Phillips, who also ran the defense, was putting Jenkins and fellow cornerback Terrance Newman, in bad positions weekly. Jenkins was often out on an island, instead of playing in a zone which is where he excelled. You could see an improvement in Jenkins’ game once Paul Pasqualoni took over the defense.
Regardless of the scheme, Jenkins will need to improve and I believe he will. As long as he has been studying Rob Ryan’s new defensive scheme, we should see a new and improved Mike Jenkins when the season starts. The best part about Jenkins improving? Dallas has all of the makings of an incredible defense if he can return to his Pro Bowl form.