IRVING, Texas – Ernie Sims was to serve as the Cowboys’ defensive signal caller last week, but he lasted only five plays before a concussion knocked him out of the Pittsburgh game.
Anthony Spencer took over as the caller vs. the Steelers and will again be the main guy Sunday against New Orleans, but Sims will not be the backup caller. That job will go to safety Gerald Sensabaugh because he never leaves the field.
“(The Saints) are famous for getting you caught with too many men on the field and all that, we’ve seen that a few times,” defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said, knowkingly. “We gotta work on that, but they do punk teams. Try to substitute a lot, gotta be careful, gotta pick our spots on that and it’s important to make sure we have a guy out there that is on everything so you can call your game. It’s really difficult signaling nowadays and it’d be tough to go back to how we used to do it. We’d do it, but it is tough”
Sims is questionable, but Ryan expects him to be available to play against the Saints.
“We’ll see how he does,” Ryan said. “I think last week he started hearing other voices in his head, so we took him out of the game. That was the problem. And he started to listening to them too. That was really bad when he started listening to the other guy.”