Cowboys 'Secret': Carter As Spy Vs. Niners?

IRVING - Pssst: Wanna hear a secret about Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter being used as a spy against 49ers QB Colin Kaepenick?



There is a Dallas Cowboys story going around that a defensive strategic nugget has been revealed that figures to be key to Sunday's season-opening visit from the 49ers. The revealer of the secret is none other than Jerry Jones … and the nugget is that Dallas plans to use Bruce Carter as a spy against Collin Kaepernick.

After Jerry uttered the "Carter-as-spy" concept on the radio on 105.3 The Fan this week, I made the mistake of spending way too much time treating seriously the pursuit of this angle. I should have known that it was just Mr. Jones being "Radio Jerry." ... that highly entertaining persona who often double-talks his way through X's and O's.

It's not that it's a terrible or unprecedented concept; Jimmy Johnson employed the tactic back when he was defending Philly QB Randall Cunningham, the idea being that a spy could laterally "mirror" the movement of the mobile QB and thus contain him. And Carter's athleticism as Dallas' strong-side linebacker qualifies him to do such a thing.

But people inside Valley Ranch tell me that defensive end containment and Rod Marinelli's customary desire for upfield pressure is central to the defensive-front plan this week. In fact, I'm told the use of a spy was not a featured part of practice this week and is not a featured part of the game plan against the 49ers.

What it was - all it was - was featured part of 'Radio Jerry's' on-air performance.



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