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November 14, 2012

Garrett: Claiborne not down after bad game, upbeat and ready to battle again


It would be understandable for Cowboys rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne to lose some confidence after last Sunday's forgettable afternoon against the Eagles.

He was flagged five times _ few than six entire teams. He was flagged twice for being offsides _ which is mind boggling for a cornerback. He was flagged twice for defensive holding and once for pass interference.

He also gave up a touchdown pass.

Clearly, it was a horrendous performance for the sixth overall pick from LSU.

But Claiborne never backed down in the game, which is partly why he kept piling up the penalties.

And he never got down in the mouth after the game and or this week in practice. His ability to process it and move on has been very impressive to the Cowboys because having a short memory and positive outlook is crucial to any long term success at cornerback.

"He has been impressive," coach Jason Garrett said. "He was impressive throughout that ball game. A lot of bad things happened to him in that game. But he kept battling. That is one of the things everybody LSU told us about him. That is a very difficult position to play. You are not going to have success every time. Your mental toughness is critical. They are going to complete balls on you. You got to keep coming back. I thought he did a good job trying to battle in the game."

 And afterwards he said "hey, I'm going to learn from this day. I made a lot of mistakes. I'm going to watch the tape and I'm going to get better.' That has been his demeanor the last couple of days."

Clarence Hill


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