TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 13: Cornerback Mike Jenkins #21 of the Dallas Cowboys returns a blocked field goal against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Three games into the cornerback-by-commitee approach, a named, permanent starter may be coming in the next few days. And that starter, barring something profoundly unforeseeable, will be Mike Jenkins.
Jenkins has been solid for the most part over his two starts as a member of the rotation, which came as a result of an ultra-competitive position battle in camp between he and Orlando Scandrick, recording an interception against Carolina and a near-interception (negated on an illegal contact call on Gerald Sensabaugh) in Tampa Bay.
Scandrick's sole start came against New York in the opener of Cowboys Stadium, a performance that could aptly be described as highlight-worthy--for Mario Manningham and Steve Smith. That brings us to today, which could mean a long-awaited decision by coaches as to the starter opposite Terence Newman.
Wade Phillips eschewed the rotation question yesterday--namely, if Scandrick would get his scheduled start in Denver on Sunday--saying instead, "I thought Jenkins had a good game. That [starter] is to be determined tomorrow, really.''
As David Moore points out in a Tuesday post on the Dallas Morning News Blog, the mere hesitation is ample evidence to suggest that the staff is giving the rotation-approach dome serious reevaluation.
"[Phillips] might not want to discuss it," Moore writes, "but [the rotation] was automatic the first three weeks."
This is a point Wade conceded, though he allowed little other than tacit hints at a coming decision.
"It was [automatic],'' Phillips said. "But we're going to discuss it."