Cowboys second-year cornerback Morris Claiborne is in a bad way right now because he's lost his confidence and can't cover anyone. This is the same player that Jerry Jones said reminded him of Deion Sanders after the Cowboys moved up eight spots in the first round to select him.
But Claiborne made one of the cardinal errors in sports Tuesday when he offered a lame and pathetic excuse for his poor play. He blamed his problems on the Cowboys' scheme change.
"Now we're basically a zone team," he said on his weekly show on ESPNDallas 103.3 FM. "You have to play within that zone. Everything is new to everybody. When guys come in and hit those big dig routes in between the zones, then of course the corner's there, so they're going to say, 'Oh yeah, that's the corner.'
"It's still a transition. When we were in press, just faced man-to-man, they only hit one ball on me. But overall, I think all my big plays come within the zone."
Claiborne may be exactly right on some of this, but this ...