Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) prior to the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Morris Claiborne Is Hurting His Team

Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The loss to the Chargers wasn’t any single player or coaches fault, there are many players who had a bad game.  There were offensive holding penalties at the absolute worst times of drives.  There was that un-athletic tight end (Witten), who cannot make a play unless it is 5 yards deep and hits him in the chest.  There was Terrance Williams’ up and down day, although I think he had a good game.  That fumble did not cost them the game.  The defence let Rivers do what he wanted, and our offense was stagnant.

The one major issue I have been having with any singular player thus far this season is the one I have with Morris Claiborne.  Although I think Kiffin should have ditched the zone coverage that Rivers was picking apart a heck of a lot sooner.  Claiborne has stunk so far, he is incapable of doing anything right out there.  His tackling makes me want to puke and he seems to have no idea how to play zone coverage.

This was an important game against a good team that the Cowboys at one point were in control of.  There were plays being made by Sean Lee and Jason Hatcher, the usual suspects.  So where in the world is Morris Claiborne?I fully understand it takes time for young players to get comfortable, and yes there is a scheme change.  Never mind the injury, if he is on the field then he is healthy enough to do his job.  The Cowboys gave up a lot to get him and its time he reward their faith.  He has to show something, he has to tackle better and he has to be the ball-hawk that the Cowboys drafted.

Claiborne is still young and has a lot to learn.  I am not saying that he is a bust, but if you’re the sixth overall pick then you need to take the pressure that comes with that and turn it into success.

I would take Mike Jenkins over Claiborne any day of the week and twice on Sundays.

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys Jason Hatcher Monte Kiffin Morris Claiborne Phillip Rivers Sean Lee

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    He has to show a lot of improvement to not be a bust. It has been a while since I have seen a defensive back drafted that high who has played that bad.

    • TheJaikster

      I agree with you sir, Terrance Newman was drafted one spot ahead of where Claiborne was taken. Say what you want about Newman but he was a difference maker for most of his time here. I also wonder what the team had against Mike Jenkins.

      • Old Frog

        I may be mistaken but I seem to recall hearing that the reason Newman only got invited to the Pro Bowl twice was because he was so good as a young player other teams were afraid to throw in his direction – hence no stats.

  • Old Frog

    I went to Oxnard training camp last year for a week specifically to watch Claiborne and he never suited up once. I’ve been suspicious of his abilities and durability ever since.

    • TheJaikster

      I remember hearing that he did extremely bad on his wonderlick test, not saying that makes him a bad football player but im sure there is a reason they give the test. I’m rooting for the kid but he has to get his mess in order and in a hurry.