Dallas Cowboys Dominate NFC East Defensive Team
Nov 23, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick (32) grabs onto New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle (82) after reception at MetLife Stadium. Dallas Cowboys defeat the New York Giants 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Jim O
Orlando Scandrick, Dallas Cowboys
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, New York Giants
There was only one possible Cowboys cornerback that could appear here. While Brandon Carr significantly improved by his usual standards in the tail end of the season, he certainly isn’t one of the best at his position (despite what his salary suggests). Orlando Scandrick was the only real standout player of the Cowboys secondary last year.
This will be Scandrick’s eighth year in the league, yet it feels as though he’s only just broken out. He finished the year in the top ten of PFF’s cornerbacks overall grade and stops. And while quarterbacks threw into his coverage 70 times, he didn’t allow a single touchdown.
Who to pick alongside Scandrick was a bit more of a challenge. Chris Culliver had a solid year with the 49ers, but suiting up as a Redskin with lesser talent beside him doesn’t guarantee his form continues.
Dez Bryant schooled the Eagles in December. Quite frankly none of them deserve a place in any ultimate team after that showing!
Instead, I finished up the defensive lineup with Giants Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Though 2014 wasn’t a golden year for him, he knows his way around the NFC East as good as anyone having spent two seasons in Philadelphia. Rodgers-Cromartie maybe something of a journeyman but 21 career interceptions and two trips to the Super Bowl can’t be matched elsewhere in this division.
So perhaps somewhat unsurprisingly the Cowboys dominate my Ultimate NFC East Team. 13 men from Dallas make the team with 5 from Philadelphia, 3 New York and Terrance Knighton is the sole Redskin. Do you think I’ve been too bias in my decisions? Or maybe you think I’ve been too harsh on the options the Cowboys have available. Let me know either way in the comments below.
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