Cornerback Orlando Scandrick has 8.5 career sacks, which is more than any linebacker on the Cowboys’ roster.
Rolando McClain has 7.5 sacks, Justin Durant has 3.5 and Bruce Carter has three. Scandrick has had at least two sacks in three different seasons, and he's had at least one sack in each of the past four seasons.
Don’t be shocked if Scandrick retains his sack lead at the end of the season. Rod Marinelli doesn’t blitz much in the Cowboys' scheme because it creates opportunities for the opposition to get big plays, something he loathes.
But when he does blitz, he’s going to keep using Scandrick from the slot.
Why not? He’s good at it.
“He’s quick, he’s fast and he has some explosiveness to him,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He has instincts, he can bend, and he has a tenacity about him and a hunger to get there.”
Scandrick, who doesn’t have a sack this year, blitzed twice against the St. Louis Rams and disrupted the play each time.
In the second quarter, he forced an incompletion by putting heavy pressure quarterback Austin Davis. In the fourth quarter, he hammered Davis as he released the pass that linebacker Bruce Carter intercepted and returned 25 yards for a touchdown and a 34-24 lead.
“You can’t be scared of the contact,” said Scandrick, when asked what makes him an effective blitzer. “A lot of guys don’t like the contact, so they run around the block. I’m just trying to get to the quarterback, and that guy is in my way.”