Cowboys CB Brandon Carr put the blame on a bad game plan for Lions WR Calvin Johnson’s control the last time that both teams played. Many fans and live betting services believe that the player could be right.
The CB was able to catch the ball 14 times for 329 yards and a TD when Detroit beat Dallas 31-30 last season, with 7 receiving yards short of the NFL record that Flipper Anderson has. Most of the yards were made at Carr’s expense. This week, the player was watching footage from that meeting as he was getting ready for the playoff game against the Lions and “Megatron” on Sunday.
“I said, ‘Brandon, you’re pretty brave and you have a lot of pride for playing with that game plan last year. Good job,'” said Carr.
Monte Kiffin, former DC for the Cowboys, left Carr alone on quite a few occasions when Dallas were beaten by Detroit, when 488 yards were thrown by Lions QB Matthew Stafford. In the game, there were also moments when LB’s or safeties were expected to help out Carr, but mistakes in the scheme didn’t let them.
During the offseason, Kiffin ended up being demoted after the Cowboys finished in last place in the NBA in 2013 with their total defense, allowing for 415.3 yards-per-game, which is a record in the franchise. The Cowboys, under the guidance of Rod Marinelli, who was promoted from DL coach to take Kiffin’s place as DC, Dallas allowed 355.1 yards-per-game have a ranking of 19th place in total defense this season.
Marinelli admitted that Dallas would focus more on Johnson in their game plan – more so than last season. Live betting services know that in 2011 and 2012, Johnson was the one who was leading the league in receiving yards.
“I think we’re going to be able to maybe give [Carr] more help than we did,” said Marinelli. “And I feel like Brandon is a terrific corner and he’s up for this challenge, but as a staff we’ve got to find ways to help him.”
Carr, who did a very good job on the field in December after having some trouble this season, mentioned “a different signal-caller” when he spoke about the reasons that he believes this game against “Megatron” will prove to be a different one.
“Last year, he got the best of us,” Carr said. “The good thing about football is you get a chance to do it again. Now we’re back in the same position with more at stake. I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”