Posted October 01, 2013

Cowboys bench former first-round pick Morris Claiborne

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Morris Claiborne has been replaced as a starter. (MCT via Getty Images)

Morris Claiborne has been replaced as a starter. (MCT via Getty Images)

The Dallas Cowboys have benched cornerback Morris Claiborne, the No. 6 pick in the 2012 NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com’s Calvin Watkins reported

Orlando Scandrick will now start at right cornerback, but the team will continue to give Claiborne some playing time in passing situations. Claiborne has been burned repeatedly and coach Jason Garrett thinks he is lacking both confidence and proper technique.

From Watkins’ report:

“I think it’s probably a combination,” Garrett said. “Technically, you go back at each of the completions against him and you say, ‘Hey, you should do this. You should do that.’ But I also think confidence, playing that position, is critical. And usually those two things work hand in hand.

“When you’re playing technically sound and you have ability, you tend to have more and more confidence because you’re in the right place. They went to him too much in this ballgame, and they were too effective. He’s just got to play better, and he will play better.”

Claiborne’s struggles may stem partly from an injury. He dislocated his left shoulder in the season opener and has played through the pain. But Dallas still expected more from him.

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The Cowboys traded their first- and second-round picks to move up eight spots in the 2012 draft to select Claiborne out of LSU. The hope was that he would be a playmaker in the secondary. Instead, he’s become a liability at times.


34 comments
BingTsang
BingTsang

The NFL keeps picking these idiots from the SEC. They don't know how to read or write and they expect greatness? Give me a break, there is a reason Boise State and Stanford are producing so many good, solid NFL players. Their kids can learn. The SEC is great at football because they have no moral or social values and they let these hoodlums play.

mwr5053
mwr5053

I remember Mel Blount's first season in NFL back in early 1970s, 1971 specifically I believe....He was not a very good cornerback on pass coverages. I'd say he improved enough to keep his position for the next decade and into the HOF. In some respects, Mel Blount is maybe the coolest cat that played on those incredible Steelers team in the 1970s. What a great human being.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

If i was a struggling team i would pick him up, get him while the getting is good ! This guy is too athletic not to pan out, maybe it's the system environment , pressure of of Jerry Jones and the shadow he cast over the team.

it could be many things, a team like Washington, Carolina ect... should gamble on this guy.

rskins09
rskins09

Cowboys  made a bad draft choice ? . Ah - get out ...

opinionhated
opinionhated

"If something is too hard to do, then it's not worth doing. You just stick that Wonderlic test in the closet next to your shortwave radio, your karate outfit and your unicycle and we'll go inside and watch TV." H. Simpson

Dean16
Dean16

The DC cannot afford for this pick to be a bust. I don't think I have ever seen an NFL team with so few of their draft picks pan out over a 4-5 year period than the DC.

LuisDaniel
LuisDaniel

Proper technique problems? AKA, bad position coaching? AKA, bad scouting from college?

JesseGonzalez
JesseGonzalez

I can't believe Garrett has the guts to bench one of Jerry's picks!!!  This is a tremendous development.

gary41
gary41

His left shoulder is no big deal, but he's had knee problems on & off and he's had attitude issues all along......some of these things are likely to improve, when his rookie contract comes up......

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

No surprise. Guy CAN'T read the play book to find the correct coverage

Dumptruck
Dumptruck

@BingTsang You're right on target with your comment, Bing. Yet another example of how Jerry Jones thinks that since he owns the team, he's the smartest guy in the room regarding his team, so he continues to draft busts. The situation at Dallas will never improve as long as he has ordained himself master and commader of the team instead of just staying in his owner box and reap the benefits like any other owner does. Idiots all!

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

@BingTsang Your comment is utterly ridiculous but I'll go along for a minute. Let's say reading and writing skills do correlate to skill on the (NFL) football field. That would then seem to indicate that all players with high marks should do well, right? Pat Haden was a Rhodes Scholar back in the 1970s. Please go and check his stats and you'll see they were less than ordinary. He was also less than average height so that may have played a role. All who score high on the Wonderlic should be the top players. Correct? Not hardly. You looked at him and stereotyped him because of his color and disparaged the man without any real proof of him being a hoodlum. I'll give you a break because that's par for the course in America. Also, I think you'll find that the SEC has a lot more 'solid' players in the NFL than the schools you named. Going to a 'good' school is not the only thing that can give you 'moral and social values' (whatever you mean by that). I didn't see any character issues about Claiborne written in the article. You seem like someone who may be educated, but, like Claiborne, is not technically sound where it matters most.

TippiGordon
TippiGordon

@BingTsang You're totally right!  SEC Idiots like those Manning boys, Patrick Peterson, Matthew Stafford, Julio Jones, etc (shall I go on?) have no place in the league!  If only NFL scouts had your wisdom.

OhShit...
OhShit...

@Dean16 There have been much much worse. Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, Tyrone Smith, Dez Bryant, Orlando Scandrick, Demarco Murray, and Travis Frederick seem to be working out perrrty good. 

Aerdna
Aerdna

@Dean16 the Lions have been far worse. They drafted 4 WRs in the first round who never panned out. Claiborne is playing the second hardest position in football, he'll be fine. 

Jim21
Jim21

@Dean16 Up until last year, the same could be said for my Bears. They had been living off of the 2000 and 2001 draft for the last 10 years. 

rskins09
rskins09

@Dean16   .... Go back to Gil Brant  when Tom Landry was head coach ... he had 7, 8 bad NFL Drafts in a row  & was the laughing stock of the NFL ...Everyone wanted to cut Tom Landry's throat..== Cowboy team downfall , then , was Gil Brant's fault, not Tom Landry's ...Then Jerry, know-it-all, Jones became new owner  ... 

Bad1v
Bad1v

@WHO*IS*ESPN Just were was that stated in the article or are you just lying again?

DCBoyz58
DCBoyz58

@Dumptruck @BingTsang  -  dude...you are an idiot.....every prognosticator said Morris Claiborne was the best corner in the draft with exceptional talent. He was the highest rated corner in the draft by far and one of the highest defensive players in the draft. When do you see Jones anywhere but his box?  Say something else stupid.

Mike26
Mike26

Claiborne's lack of aptitude is a well-known fact, going back to his high school days. The difference is that now he has to be sharp at all times and no longer simply get by on athleticism. Discipline isn't big with him.