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NFL Rumors: Cowboys' Orlando Scandrick favored to start over Morris Claiborne?


The Dallas Cowboys traded up for cornerback Morris Claiborne looking to address their secondary needs. Heading into the 2014 season, Claiborne might not be pegged to start for the Cowboys however. In a mailbag Q&A session with fans, ESPN Dallas’ Todd Archer was asked if Claiborne would start or if Orlando Scandrick would get the nod.

“It has to be Orlando Scandrick,” Archer wrote for ESPN Dallas. “Last year Jason Garrett showed he was willing to bench guys and that led to Scandrick taking over for Morris Claiborne, Ernie Sims taking over for Bruce Carter and Brian Waters taking over for Mackenzy Bernadeau.

“Scandrick had his best season and deserves to remain with the starters. If he loses the job in the offseason or training camp, it has to be because Claiborne just took it away. That would be the best scenario for the Cowboys because it would mean Claiborne has finally tapped into his potential. But Claiborne has to earn it. It just can’t be given to him.”

Archer has a solid point, Scandrick earned the job in 2013 and it is his until Claiborne gives the coaching staff a reason to take it away.

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  • David

    It should be like that for every position.

    • Scott.

      Exactly

  • SmartThinking

    On a team full of players achieving far less than advertised, Claiborne’s play has been a head scratching mystery. I think everyone expected him to be a shut down Corner for 15 years. Certainly not the nearly total bust he’s shown himself to be after two full seasons. Sure, he’s had his share of injuries. Every Dallas player has. That’s no excuse. But, with a Wonderlick score of just 9, I have to wonder if that, alone, wasn’t an omen predicting his future play? Maybe there’s more to this Wonderlick business than many of us thought?

    Scandrick beat Claiborne out of his job fair and square. If Claiborne wants it back, let him come and take it back. In my book, Claiborne has one more season to prove himself before he goes the way Austin did.

    • Scott.

      It’s funny you mentioned his wonderlick score. When I watched a football life about jimmy Johnson he and Belecick was on his boat and made the reference you can’t teach stupid players.

  • Rich

    Can we have a do over?