The Dallas Cowboys sit atop the NFC East, but they are coming off of a disappointing outing against the San Diego Chargers in Week 4. Heading in to a new week, the team is looking to improve in multiple areas but one player has specifically been called out by his head coach.
Jason Garrett was speaking with the media when he gave an honest assessment of defensive back Morris Claiborne’s play throughout the Chargers game and he said that a lack of technique and confidence is hurting the young corner.
“I think it’s probably a combination,” Garrett said, via Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com.
“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 has been demoted and now serves as the team’s No. 3 corner as Orlando Scandrick fill his void in the starting line up, which is not what the team had hoped for when they traded up to select him near the top of the 2012 draft.
The team would love for Claiborne to live up to the potential he has, but first he will need to show them enough to earn his starting job back.