Cowboys not afraid to make lineup changes

IRVING, Texas -- Jason Garrett and his Dallas Cowboys coaching staff have shown they will not be patient with players.

Through the first quarter of the season, they have made a change at safety, replacing veteran Will Allen with rookie J.J. Wilcox; Brian Waters replaced Mackenzy Bernadeau at right guard, and in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the San Diego Chargers linebacker Bruce Carter was benched and replaced by Ernie Sims.

“I think we’ve always strived to make everybody feel accountable for what they’re doing around here and oftentimes competition allows you to do that better as a football coach and as a football staff,” Garrett said. “You look at the guys you have available to you and you make your best decision for your football team. And if you have guys who are competing for a spot and you can put the next guy in and he can be as good and maybe better than the guy who’s playing right now, you are more willing and able to do that. Hopefully the competition will bring out the best in both of those players who are competing for that spot and they’ll get better and you’ll consequently get better as a team.”

Guard Ronald Leary allowed a sack and had a key penalty, which could put Bernadeau in the mix at left guard. Cornerback Morris Claiborne did not play well against the Chargers, but the Cowboys are not ready to go with rookie B.W. Webb in the slot in order to keep Orlando Scandrick outside.

“We feel like the combination we had out there is the best combination, and if we thought otherwise we would make that change. But what he needs to do is just play better,” Garrett said. “He needs to play with the right technique and do it consistently over and over and over again.”