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February 13, 2013

Garrett says Claiborne, Carr may benefit from keeping eyes on football more in Tampa 2

The Cowboys are switching defenses, and coach Jason Garrett said cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr could benefit with a chance to keep their eye on the ball more.

“They both have great ball skills, so the opportunity to play a little more zone, with their eyes to the football a little bit more, hopefully they can make more plays,” Garrett said at his Wednesday press conference at Valley Ranch..

Claiborne and Carr have reputations for being good man-to-man defenders, but they don’t have the prototypical size of run-stopping corners that is ideal in the Cowboys’ new Tampa 2 defense. Still, Garrett said they’re a good fit.

“Takeaways make a huge difference. They make a huge difference on our team and all around the league as far as scoring points and winning ballgames,” Garrett said. “We think that’s a huge part of this decision to change our defensive philosophy. We think those guys fit in real well.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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