ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9: Cornerback Mike Jenkins #21 of the Dallas Cowboys breaks up a pass intended for wide receiver DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Former wide receiver and Cowboys’ legend Drew Pearson joined the Ben & Skin Show on ESPN Radio on Tuesday, and summarily blasted the Dallas secondary.
Pearson said that, with one exception, he sees every cornerback on the Cowboys’ roster as expendable. The exception is Terence Newman, who has been a Pro Bowler twice and finished the season with 79 tackles and five interceptions. The season represented a sizable step back for Mike Jenkins, who, after a Pro Bowl season in 2009, often seemed lost in coverage and led the league in pass interference calls.
"At this point, I think everyone else is expendable," Pearson said of corners not named Newman, per the Dallas Morning News. "And the reason is because Newman is experienced there. And when he's healthy he's pretty good. When I look at some of these other cornerbacks in the league, even the ones that made the Pro Bowl, they're not that much better than him."
Pearson also took aim at the Cowboys’ safeties.
"Our safety run support is terrible," he said. "Our safety support on deep passes is terrible. We had more big plays hit on us this year than any other year of the Dallas Cowboys.
"A lot of that had to do with the safety not covering up, not being deep."
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