Cornerback Mike Jenkins said he’s gone “back to the basics” this year, and the result is a good season. He has eight pass breakups and an interception in 14 games, a year after what was widely viewed as a disappointing season.
“I changed my technique up a little bit,” he said. “Last year, I was trying something new. I just kind of went back to what I know, the basics. It’s working pretty good for me this year.”
Jenkins had a Pro Bowl year in 2009, his second year, when he had 60 tackles, 23 breakups and five interceptions in the Cowboys’ playoff year. Last year, he had 59 tackles, 15 breakups and one interception as the Cowboys went 6-10.
The return to basics this year is about footwork and aggressiveness, Jenkins said.
“Last year, I was just trying to do a lot more, just trying to do a lot more than I needed to do,” he said. “It just kind of caught up top me. I just went back to the basics. Obviously the basics are working pretty good for me. I’m just going to stay with it.”
Jenkins said he’s not letting 2010 linger in his mind.
“You can’t hold onto anything,” he said. “If I had a great season last year I would have let that go, too. It’s like going into the season last year. I had a great season, and I was still on that. I was on my high horse. I learned my lesson the good way. I take it a good way. Once you have a good game, you just let it go. If you lose a game, you got to let it go. If you win a game, you got to let it go and go on to the next week.”
-- Carlos Mendez