Evidently, the Dallas Cowboys like a challenge. So much so, they waived corner back Bryan McCann today to add to their defensive backfield troubles. The thought process behind this move is mind-boggling. Is the Andrew Luck lottery in play here? I’m kidding, of course…or am I? (conspiracy theorists, start your engines!)
McCann was not only one of our few healthy corner backs, he was also our primary return specialist, our gunner on punt return coverage and a key member of the kickoff coverage team. McCann had some big plays for the Boys last season including a 97-yard punt return and a 107 yard interception. Now he’s gone. WTF?
The defensive backfield looks like the opening scene from the movie Saving Private Ryan. Terence Newman hasn’t played in seven weeks due to a groin injury. Orlando Scandrick is hobbling around in a walking boot with a high ankle sprain. And Mike Jenkins is hurting from the mid-chest up. Newman announced on Twitter that he’s back this week. I certainly hope this is true because the only healthy corner we have now is newly acquired Frank Walker. Still, the release of McCann makes no sense.
This ludicrous McCann move was made to make room for the $685,000 man, wideout Laurent Robinson. (click here to find out more about Robinson) Remember, he was the dude who we signed to play in Week One but injured his hamstring. Robinson ended up not playing for us at all and got dropped last week for FB Tony Fiammetta. Dallas would still have to pay him his money regardless, even if he never played a down. At least Robinson will have a chance to earn his money this week.
Robinson will come in to support a wide receiver core who will be without it’s top target, Miles Austin (hamstring). Dez Bryant (thigh) is also questionable for Monday night’s game against the rival Washington Redskins.
McCann’s release is good news for newcomer CB Frank Walker, who signed with the team last week. Apparently, Walker showed enough during Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers to rank above McCann on the depth chart.
The McCann move still makes less sense considering we have two healthy kickers, Dan Bailey and David Buehler, still on the roster. Evidently, that experiment will continue another week. All I can think of is McCann must have really messed up on some assignments Sunday against the 49ers. What else could it be?
Also of note: Former Dallas defensive end Igor Olshansky signed with the Miami Dolphins today. He joins former Cowboys TE Anthony Fasano, QB Matt Moore, OG Marc Colombo, and LB Kevin Burnett on the team. We should start calling Miami: “Dallas-East Coast“. Olshansky was cut by the Cowboys in the preseason after Dallas added DE Kenyon Coleman to the team.