2013 Stats: Dallas' passing defense ranked 30th out of 32 teams. Other notable ranks: 26th in yards per attempt (7.8), tied for 30th in passing touchdowns allowed (33), 17th in interceptions (15) and 26th in opponent's QB rating (96).
Salary: Brandon Carr ($10 million per season, free agent 2018), Orlando Scandrick ($5 million per season, free agent 2017), Morris Claiborne ($4.06 million per season, free agent 2016), B.W. Webb ($650K per season, free agent 2017) and Terrance Mitchell ($566K per season, free agent 2018).
2013 Year in Review: As a unit, the Cowboys cornerbacks were dreadful in 2013. Week in and week out, these guys would struggle with even the likes of a Josh McCown who threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns in the Bears' Week 14 victory over the Cowboys, 45-28. Carr led this group with three interceptions while Scandrick had two picks on the season. Former first-round draft pick Morris Claiborne allowed a QB rating of 107.8 when thrown against and only played in 10 games (started seven) due to injury.
2014 season: To this point in training camp, many believe Scandrick has been the best player on defense, but Monday night it was reported that he will miss the first four games of the season due to a failed drug test. To make matters worse, injury-prone Claiborne hasn't practiced in a week and missed last week's preseason game against the Chargers. Also, Carr missed the first two weeks of training camp due to the death of his mother.
Among Dallas' first four opponents, only New Orleans (Week 4) was ranked in the top half of the league in passing offense (2nd). San Francisco (30th), Tennessee (21st) and St. Louis (27th) are the Cowboys' first three opponents.
According to Pro Football Focus, Scandrick, Carr and backup Sterling Moore are considered average starters while Claiborne is listed as below average. Seventh-round draft pick Terrance Mitchell out of Oregon was tied for third on the team with five tackles (three solo) in the loss to the Chargers.
The loss of Scandrick and the uncertainty that is Claiborne means Webb and Moore will need to step up for the Boys. Moore has the experience (started three games for the Patriots in 2011) while Webb has expectations as a 2013 fourth-round draft pick out of William & Mary.
Bold Prediction: B.W. Webb will start more games this season than Mo Claiborne.
Eddie Middlebrook also writes for Paranoid Fan as a MLB and College Football contributor. He can be found on Twitter@emiddlebrook.