Newman and Jenkins continue to slide and in the process our secondary keeps getting worse and worse. You can usually tell these things just by watching the games and seeing them get burned for big plays by the opposition. But the numbers really do bear it out as well.
The Dallas Morning News recently wrote that based on data alone, the coverage provided by Jenkins and Newman has been far from impervious. They are among a select group of eight defenders who have yielded the most receptions in the NFL this season.
When you consider the high expectations we had for Jenkins after his Pro Bowl season in 2009, this is completely deflating and makes one wonder about his hold on a starting job next season. At times, Jenkins has been brutal and his bad play has led to many a comeback by the opposition while the Cowboys were initially ahead in the game.
Newman, just continues to regress and oftentimes is seen coming off the field with some sort of an injury, rather than on the field making a big play.
Here are some more numbers that reveal the sobering reality of the situation.
Quarterbacks have completed 49 of 75 pass attempts against Jenkins, attaining a 105.7 passer rating in the process. Newman hasn’t been much better. He has been picked on 73 times, allowing 47 receptions as quarterbacks have achieved a 94.1 passer rating.
With numbers like that, is it any surprise why teams feel so comfortable airing it out against the Cowboys and completing passes virtually at will?
Among many other needs this offseason, revamping the secondary will certainly be one of our primary objectives. It doesn’t matter how good our offense is, if our defense keeps letting the opposition light up the scoreboard.