IRVING, Texas Mo Claiborne needs technique. He needs confidence. He needs health.
But most of all, the struggling young Dallas Cowboys corner the team's No. 1 pick after it judged him to be the top defensive player in the 2012 NFL Draft -- needs time.
Is there a technique problem that is contributing to the former LSU star being benched in favor of Orlando Scandrick? Yes, says coach Jason Garrett.
"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," Garrett said.
Technical soundness leads to confidence. How's your confidence, Mo?
"I don't know why everyone keeps saying that," Claiborne said, laughing. "It's just one of those things. Guys catch balls in the NFL every day. It's how you take it. We just have to bounce back and keep playing. Cornerbacks have to be confident. If you lose that, it's not good."
All of this can be impacted by Dallas' new defensive scheme (a zone defense that asks "...