Orlando Scandrick’s missed tackle last week was out of character for him because he is having a “star” year, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said.
“I think Orlando has been fantastic, as good as there is, a star,” the Cowboys defensive coordinator said. “It’s unfortunate, obviously, that he missed the tackle. We’re counting on him to make that play. I know he’s disappointed. That’s out of character for him. He blew somebody up on the same coverage earlier in the game – and a bigger receiver.
“Orlando can make that play. He knows it. He’s been a tremendous player for us.”
Scandrick, the Cowboys’ third cornerback, is 17th on the team with 12 tackles and tied for second with four passes defensed. He has played in every game.
The missed tackle against Jacquizz Rogers stood out because it came on third down with the Cowboys trying to get the ball back, trailing 16-13 late in the fourth quarter.
“This is this league,” Ryan said. “People can break tackles. You don’t want to see it. That hasn’t happened much to us, as much as the teams that I watch on tape – they miss them all over the damn place. We don’t miss them that often. But, hell, they’re great players, too, over there. They’re undefeated for a reason.”
-- Carlos Mendez