The Norman Transcript

Sports

July 24, 2013

High-priced Carr accepts charge to boost takeaways

OXNARD, Calif. — Brandon Carr knows he is the high-priced cornerback for a Dallas defense that tied a franchise low for interceptions in his first year with the Cowboys.

He understands Dallas changed everything but the players on defense, replacing coaches, switching schemes and putting a stronger emphasis on turnovers.

Carr’s cool with it — as in calm and seemingly confident.

“I mean, it’s Year 6,” said Carr, who started all 80 games in his first five NFL seasons. “You don’t get no younger. You don’t get these years back. So hopefully this will be the year that I could turn the corner as a player.”

That might not mean more than the three interceptions he had last year to lead the Cowboys, who tied Carr’s original team, Kansas City, for last in the league with seven. It might not mean more than the career-high four he had in his final season with the Chiefs.

But maybe it will mean more fumbles and passes that he tips and someone else grabs.

“I’m not going to put any added pressure on myself,” said Carr, who is entering the second year of a five-year, $50 million deal with about $25 million guaranteed. “I’m still going to do it in the framework of our defense. I want to go out there and be that lockdown, shutdown corner and make some turnovers and create some excitement for the fans and for my teammates.”

Cowboys safety Danny McCray points out that what Carr lacked in quantity last season, he made up some in quality.

Carr had a huge interception in a comeback win at Cincinnati the day after Dallas practice squad player Jerry Brown died in a car accident that led to involuntary manslaughter charges against teammate Josh Brent.

A week later, Carr essentially won a game against Pittsburgh by returning an interception of Ben Roethlisberger’s pass to the 1-yard line in overtime.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • NASCAR Brickyard 400 Auto Racing Jeff Gordon wins at Indianapolis for record fifth time

    INDIANAPOLIS — With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again. Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight ...

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Zac Selmon joins UNC as associate AD

    Zac Selmon, an associate director of athletic development with the Sooner Club since 2012, has been hired by North Carolina as an associate athletic director and special assistant to Tar Heel athletics director Bubba Cunningham....

    July 28, 2014

  • Italy’s Nibali cruises to Tour victory

    PARIS — Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner’s podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the Italian anthem echoed over the Champs-Elysees....

    July 28, 2014

  • Bradford facing another year of scrutiny in newest season

    ST. LOUIS — It’s become a rite of training camp for Sam Bradford. Every summer, he deals with the oversized burden of living up to getting picked first overall in 2010. The St. Louis Rams quarterback is not surprised that once again, he’s ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Tang making a splash on state level

    The Sooner Swim Club has produced a long string of great athletes in Norman. Norman North has won back-to-back state championships and senior Justin Wu owns several state records and last week qualified for the U.S. National swim meet. The ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Judge rules against owner Donald Sterling, but lengthy saga far from over

    LOS ANGELES — Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer....

    July 29, 2014

  • Big 12 could fill NCAA’s vacuum; make the discipline calls, too

    It doesn’t look good for Joe Mixon.  Though his attorney, Kevin Finlay, said the most ballyhooed prospect of the Sooners’ most recent recruiting class “instinctually defended himself against further harm,” it just doesn’t ...

    July 29, 2014

  • T-Wolves land guard Mo Williams

    MINNEAPOLIS — Mo Williams is on his way to Minnesota, which means J.J. Barea could be on his way out....

    July 29, 2014

  • LSU freshmen face misdemeanors

    BATON ROUGE, La. — Two LSU freshmen football players face charges, one for allegedly stealing a bicycle outside Middleton Library and the other for allegedly tossing firecrackers into a campus apartment....

    July 29, 2014

  • Fitzgerald says players’ push for union brought Northwestern together

    CHICAGO — No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats. For that, he credits the push for them to unionize....

    July 29, 2014

Facebook