Journeyman linebacker Ernie Sims told reporters Thursday that he is starting over Carter this week. Carter and cornerback Morris Claiborne were targeted relentlessly in coverage last week by San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.
This is the downside of a big scheme change on defense. Most Cowboys players have adapted to new coordinator Monte Kiffin’s defense, but Carter has looked lost. He’s made to be a 3-4 inside linebacker and looked like one of the better young players in the league at his position last year. But Carter has struggled with the coverage responsibilities in Kiffin’s 4-3 approach, and now he’s headed to the bench before Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos arrive in town Sunday.
Considering Sims’ lackluster history as a pro, expect Carter to re-gain his job sooner rather than later.