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Oct 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders cornerback Mike Jenkins (21) reacts during the game against the San Diego Chargers at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Jenkins Has "Personal Vendetta" With Cowboys

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Raiders cornerback Mike Jenkins is surely licking his chops in anticipation of Thanksgiving; but not for the same reason as everybody else.

This year he gets to face off with his former team, and he is certainly hoping for a feast.

“It’s going to be fun getting back out there, getting out there seeing them in the pregame. But in between the clock, it’s going to be a straight battle. They know what it’s going to be, and I know what it’s going to be.” he said of the matchup.

Jenkins was a first-round draft selection of the Cowboys in 2008, but a whole lot has changed since then.

A 2009 Pro Bowl season showed promise, but Jenkins’ tenure in Dallas was all downhill from there; injury plagued the years that followed, and it all culminated in a messy divorce of sorts when the Cowboys signed Brandon Carr and drafted Morris Claiborne going into the 2012 season.

There was rampant speculation that those roster moves, combined with an inability to stay healthy had shot Jenkins’ confidence and sent him into a spiral.

When asked about that speculation:

“My swagger and my confidence never left, my last few years in Dallas had nothing to do with swagger. It was more of a personal vendetta that was going on around there, and I don’t care too much to talk about it.”

A vendetta?

He continued, “It was personal, I don’t care too much to talk about it. It had nothing to do with what was going on on the field or with swagger or anything like that. Like I said, I’m past that. I’m a year out of that franchise. Me talking about them, bringing up old stuff, I don’t see the point of bringing up old fire.”

Whatever the reason was, Mike Jenkins was the odd man out in Dallas.

He found a new home in April 2013 with the Raiders, regained his health, and got back to a high level of play immediately.

He credits the Raiders organization with the turnaround, and backhands the Cowboys organization in one fell swoop.

“My game’s changed because I’m back on the field,” Jenkins said. “I’m playing for somebody who actually lets me go out and do what I want to do and has faith in me. That’s what I love about this organization. These guys, they let me do what I do. This is my field, this is my side, this is mine.”

Surely when Jenkins walks onto the field in Dallas his mind will flood with memories, some good and some bad.

He’ll reunite with old teammates; they’ll laugh and shake hands and be pleasant.

But when the game clock begins, and he makes his way to the sideline that dons Silver and Black, that will all be motivation to prove that Mike Jenkins was the wrong choice to be the odd man out.

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  • SmartThinking

    Jenkins has a point to make and Dallas had best pay attention to him. For right or for wrong reasons, Jenkins didn’t like the way he was treated when Dallas drafted Claiborne (actually, with the way Claiborne has been stumbling and bumbling his way around the field this season, Jenkins’ play actually looks pretty good) and started looking for someplace to shop him.

    I can’t speak to any of the ‘Vendetta’ histrionics everybody seems focused on right now with Jenkins, most of which I don’t believe. What I can comment on, however, is how a Jenkins-led Oakland defense rallied and came back to beat Dallas in this pre-season’s contest with them. It was a solid performance from someone motivated to show a team and a blind-eyed owner that he still had value and Dallas had made a mistake.

    The Raiders aren’t a really bad team like, say, Cleveland or Houston. They struggle and play hard every game against mostly better teams who crush them. And, since Dallas really isn’t that much better a team than Oakland, this game has the makings of another ugly mess for the Cowboys unless they focus from the onset of the game on playing their best football.

    This game could look like the Cowboys’ earlier match against St. Louis. It could just as easily look like the Cowboys’ matches against Detroit, Minnesota or the second New York game, with close play, bad calls and a last second finish.

    It’s Dallas’ week to lose, if you go by this team’s win-every-other-week play so far. Let’s hope the Cowboys pay attention to Jenkins’ Vendetta comments and take them the same way they took Pierre-Paul and Tuck’s (with a ‘T’) verbal challenges last week.

    This is the kind of game that challenges good players to play well. Let’s see if Dallas has learned anything from being disrespected by other teams and follows the rest of the league by beating the tar out of Oakland tomorrow.

  • Cowboyfan7764

    If We don’t Come out and Play Hard and Good and win this game then the Giants Win really wont mean much imo!! We need to win a minimum of 3 of the next Five games we have left to win the division and that includes the Philly Game at home which is the Final Game which i’m sure will decide the Division!! Time to put the Hard Hats on Boys and Go to Work and finish this season off on a roll going into the Playoffs if we are gonna have any chance of winning it all in the end!! We have the QB to do it…..its the rest of the team i’m worried about!!! lol This is a Game we should Win and if past history shows anything then we’ll probably play to their level and make it close…..Well I got a feeling my Turkey wont be digesting really good during this game…lol

  • Silvia Arredondo

    Jenkins is definetly a difference maker he was one of the players who stopped the last drive and saved the last touchdown at Houston. No doubt in my mind he would have found a way tp stop the last titan touchdown if he wouldn’t have been out with that concussion.

  • Jacob Steele

    Bold, but I agree. Jenkins is too aggressive to stand there and watch someone score a game-winner uncontested right in front of him.

  • Jacob Steele

    I think Dallas and Oakland are pretty similar in a lot of ways right now. Good teams that put themselves in position to win but find a way to let it slip away when it counts. Someone will take a step forward, we’ll see who.

  • realistfan

    Jenkins. Old news. Whatever. Don’t be like JPP!

  • Chris Schroeder

    Romo is the QB to do it? Win a SB? As far as QB’s go, I would say that he’s a little bi polar. One day he’s great, another day he sucks. The problem the the Cowboys is consistency. Hard to get that from your current QB. I wouldn’t bet on them against any team because you never know who’s going to show up. The Raiders are a young semi-talented team with tons of underrated players. They fight hard to win every game and just come up short in most of their games. By “play to their level” you must mean play hard to the very bitter end, because you will get nothing short of effort from this team. The cowboys will probably win this game but it won’t be for lack of effort. The Raiders have a quarterback controversy this year along with a very tightly strap salary-cap. The advantage for the Raiders is that the NFC East is the worst division in all of football, as where the AFC West is one of the best. Hopefully the Raiders bring home the W, much like the Cowboys. I wouldn’t put my money on it.