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Rob Ryan sees Morris Claiborne as “a unique talent”

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Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne is recovering from wrist surgery and unable to participate fully in Organized Team Activities, but Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has seen enough to know Claiborne is something special.

Ryan said that while it’s important for a rookie to earn the playing time he gets, it’s difficult to envision the player the Cowboys used both their first- and second-round picks on not getting a whole lot of playing time.

“In my opinion, everybody earns however many reps they get or their starting spot,” Ryan said. “Obviously, this guy’s a unique talent. We didn’t move up in the draft to get a guy that’s not going to play. We’ve got an outstanding guy here.”

Ryan has been prone to hyperbole about his players in the past, but in the case of Claiborne, it’s clear that everyone in the organization believes that he’s a unique talent. Now the Cowboys just need to wait until training camp, when Claiborne will be healthy enough to fully showcase that unique talent.

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  1. kyledunivan says: May 31, 2012 11:03 AM

    hopefully he is and now the dallas cowboys have their own version of darrelle revis

  2. moelester says: May 31, 2012 11:04 AM

    Morris Claiborne needs an explanation.

  3. bunjy96 says: May 31, 2012 11:08 AM

    IIRC,

    He’s so good his position coach in college , now with the NFL, didn’t want him when he had a chance to take him, twice!

  4. east96st says: May 31, 2012 11:22 AM

    Anyone who watches the final game of the Boys vs the Giants can see there were about a half a dozen plays or so where the Dallas D – including long standing vets – didn’t know where they needed to play. Final game of the season, playoffs at stake, and veteran players had no idea what Ryan was calling. Claiborne could be the greatest ever and you can’t overcome a hurdle like that. How can a rookie help a team when vets can’t figure out what the hell the D coordinator is doing?

  5. bluebongzilla says: May 31, 2012 11:24 AM

    bunjy96 says: May 31, 2012 11:08 AM

    IIRC,

    He’s so good his position coach in college , now with the NFL, didn’t want him when he had a chance to take him, twice!

    IIRC position coaches don’t do the drafting for any NFL team. Well maybe they do in Tampa, who knows. The truth is they probably figured they could get Claiborne with the 7th pick since the Jags traded up with them two spots to get Blackmon. Not many people really expected the Cowboys to move up, and if they were to move up it was expected that they would do it for Alex Barron.
    Looks to me like the Bucs tried to get cute and got caught with their pants down.

  6. deangelo23hall says: May 31, 2012 11:30 AM

    Too bad he doesn’t run a 4.2 like Deion did. THAT was a unique talent.

    He could be the next Asomugha or Revis, thats not a bad thing. But im still waiting for the next Prime Time.

  7. upperdecker19 says: May 31, 2012 11:30 AM

    His Wonderlic testing administrator sees him as a very unique talent as well.

  8. timbrehmer says: May 31, 2012 11:32 AM

    A year ago Dallas couldn’t find a DB to save their season. Fans are hopeful but should remain only optimistic, MC hasn’t played a down yet.

  9. solomon151 says: May 31, 2012 11:34 AM

    bunjy96 says:
    May 31, 2012 11:08 AM
    IIRC,

    He’s so good his position coach in college , now with the NFL, didn’t want him when he had a chance to take him, twice!
    ————————————————–
    Maybe they didnt have a need for a corner.

  10. bluebongzilla says: May 31, 2012 11:46 AM

    They had a need for a corner, and I’m pretty sure they had the consensus best defensive player in the draft (Claiborne) in their sights when they hired Ron Cooper, his position coach at LSU. They got out-foxed and ended up with a safety.

  11. fishfiletkray says: May 31, 2012 11:54 AM

    Or maybe Mark Barron is just a better football player.

  12. pixelito says: May 31, 2012 12:18 PM

    Just like Roy Williams, Terrance Newman, Mike Jenkins….

  13. bucrightoff says: May 31, 2012 12:26 PM

    The Bucs wanted Barron all along. Watch the tape. Barron smacks guys around, Claiborne gets run over consistently. Maybe Claiborne prevents the Cowboys from getting torched for 400 yards passing a game; instead it’ll be 200 yards rushing a game.

  14. dcbassguy says: May 31, 2012 12:33 PM

    Rob Ryan also considers himself a defensive genius, so I don’t really value his opinions.

  15. hankstramjr says: May 31, 2012 12:34 PM

    While Claiborne sees himself as a uneek talent.

  16. bringbacktheflex says: May 31, 2012 12:51 PM

    Yawn. Let’s see how the munchkin plays once the lights go on.

  17. Deb says: May 31, 2012 1:26 PM

    At this point, when Rob Ryan speaks, I hear Charlie Brown’s teacher. But as a Bama fan who’s had a lot of opportunity to watch LSU, I can attest that he’s not exaggerating Claiborne’s talent. Claiborne was the star corner on one of the finest secondary units I’ve ever seen in the NCAA.

    As with any college player, we won’t know what he can do in the pros until he does it. Many guys with spectacular talent have crashed and burned in the NFL–some due to off-field issues. But Claiborne certainly has the potential to be great if he continues as he began with the Tigers.

  18. solomon151 says: May 31, 2012 1:48 PM

    pixelito says:
    May 31, 2012 12:18 PM
    Just like Roy Williams, Terrance Newman, Mike Jenkins….
    ————————————————–
    Just to set you straight. Roy Williams was fearded by all coming across the middle in the beginning of his career, Terrance Newman hadnt giving up a touchdown in two full season in 08 and 09, Mike Jenkins has been a warrior since he’s been in the league. No, He isnt prime but he has been solid.. Just so you will know what your talking about when you open your mouth.

    upperdecker19 says:
    May 31, 2012 11:30 AM
    His Wonderlic testing administrator sees him as a very unique talent as well.
    ————————————————–
    And what does that test have to do with playing Football?? Did it have question about how to jam a receiver or how to play a cover two??? I dont think it does, But, Maybe you took the test yourself.

    east96st says:
    May 31, 2012 11:22 AM
    Anyone who watches the final game of the Boys vs the Giants can see there were about a half a dozen plays or so where the Dallas D – including long standing vets – didn’t know where they needed to play. Final game of the season, playoffs at stake, and veteran players had no idea what Ryan was calling. Claiborne could be the greatest ever and you can’t overcome a hurdle like that. How can a rookie help a team when vets can’t figure out what the hell the D coordinator is doing?
    ————————————————–

    Umm, Maybe because it was a totally different defense then the one that they was running a year before. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that they didnt have a full offseason to learn it.

    bucrightoff says:
    May 31, 2012 12:26 PM
    The Bucs wanted Barron all along. Watch the tape. Barron smacks guys around, Claiborne gets run over consistently. Maybe Claiborne prevents the Cowboys from getting torched for 400 yards passing a game; instead it’ll be 200 yards rushing a game.
    ————————————————–
    Is Claiborne a linebacker, Am I missing something?? I thought he was a corner. I think he’s number one job is to defend the pass. If he’s the reason the Cowboys give up 200 yards rushing then it’s more about the DLine and Linebackers not doing their job.

  19. bdawkins20 says: May 31, 2012 1:52 PM

    you dont know what you have yet. he has yet to line up against any real competition. well see what happens when every qb starts picking on him game after game.

  20. east96st says: May 31, 2012 2:49 PM

    “Umm, Maybe because it was a totally different defense then the one that they was running a year before. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that they didnt have a full offseason to learn it.”

    Ummm, if veteran defensive players can’t learn your defense by game 16 of the regular season, off season or not, you suck as a D coordinator. Any chimp would know you simplify things when your players are confused. But, hey, you stick up for Ryan!!! All it cost Dallas was a spot in the playoffs as they got to watch their division opponents win another Super Bowl. As a Giants fan, I think Ryan should have gotten a Super Bowl ring. He was, after all, an integral part of NY’s run.

  21. ajpurp says: May 31, 2012 6:10 PM

    The honey badger made him look better than he actually is in that defense.

  22. deertay says: Jun 1, 2012 7:10 AM

    Claiborne made Patrick look better. Plus the Honey Badger spent a lot of time as the slot defender,mainly in man coverage.

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