Last year, the Cowboys defense was historically putrid. The 400-yard passing games allowed and the 40-plus point games and the consistent failure to get off the field.
Don’t look now, but this season it might be even worse.
With news of Orlando Scandrick’s drug suspension comes this reality: Gone from last year’s unit are DeMarcus Ware, Jason Hatcher, Sean Lee and now their best cornerback in Scandrick. Not good.
Scandrick will miss only four games. But, coupled with Anthony Spencer’s possible early-season absence due to last season’s injury, it might be too late when he/they return. It’s conceivable the Cowboys are buried by mid-October, hence their escalating Super Bowl odds, currently at a staggering 50/1 in Vegas.
Add to the frustration for Cowboys fans is the fact that Scandrick shouldn’t be suspended at all. He told Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer that while in Mexico on vacation he took “Molly.” Sorry, but that’s a recreational drug and is in no way performance enhancing.
The Cowboys will obviously miss Scandrick on the field. He’s by far their best slot cover man. But I keep reading that they’ll miss him in the locker room as a leader.
Sorry, but leaders don’t go to Mexico and pop recreational drugs. Leaders stay on the field.
No way around it, Rod Marinelli has his hands full.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.