9. Linebacker Bruce Carter
Despite recording career high numbers in total tackles (96) and sacks (2.0) this season, Cowboys’ linebacker Bruce Carter was an overall disappointment. His coverage skills really came into question in Week Four as he allowed two touchdown catches by San Diego Chargers’ running back Danny Woodhead and struggled against tight end Antonio Gates. Carter was benched after that game and replaced by linebacker Ernie Sims. The Cowboys allegedly did so to teach him a lesson, but the worst thing about that whole incident was Carter didn’t believe he did anything wrong. And he was confused by the benching. Carter was reinstated as a starter a week later, but his ignorance and lack of instincts doesn’t bode well for the third-year player. His contract expires after 2014, and it’s up in the air whether Dallas will re-sign him. Carter did rally a bit in the final three games of the year to record 23 total tackles in place of injured middle linebacker Sean Lee, but I still think you have to consider the former second round pick’s 2012 season a bit of a disappointment overall.