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Claiborne says Kiffin has energy of much younger man

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Yeah, Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin is 72.  In the assessment of cornerback Morris Claiborne, however, those numbers are flipped.

“I hear guys saying he’s too old, and we should be wearing leather helmets and all that type of stuff,” Claiborne recently said, via thetowntalk.com. “If you go into the meetings with him and on the field with this guy, you’d think he was 27 years old.  He runs around.  He’s always upbeat, and we feed off of that.  He’s always screaming, hollering, jumping around like he’s 27 years old.”

Claiborne is learning from Kiffin as the 2012 first-rounder prepares for a second season with six more pounds of muscle on his frame.

“You can tell by the way he talks, he knows so much about the game, so much different stuff about the game,” Claiborne said of Kiffin.  “Every time he’s talking, he has my attention.  I’m all in, trying to learn everything I can learn from him.”

As Kiffin installs his trademark Tampa Two defense in Dallas, he has a couple of tools that the defense typically doesn’t enjoy — a pair of quality cover corners in Claiborne and Brandon Carr.  It allows Kiffin to be more creative, mixing coverages and departing on demand from the classic corners-stay-short-safeties-stay-deep approach.

At a time when so much focus remains on the Dallas offense, it’s the defense that could be the biggest difference maker in 2013.

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16 Responses to “Claiborne says Kiffin has energy of much younger man”
  1. dirtydrynn27 says: Jul 4, 2013 3:35 PM

    Brandon Carr is far from a quality corner and Claiborne is ok at best! Stop hyping this teams players up! If they were so great how come they couldnt even make the playoffs????

  2. jdphx says: Jul 4, 2013 3:44 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Kiffin put
    together another really good D…

  3. randomcommenter says: Jul 4, 2013 3:50 PM

    The Tampa 2 is a complete waste of talented cover corners. They may install a few wrinkles to let Claiborne play man but if they play cover 2 most of the time, he’s wasted.

    Ronde Barber was a great cover 2 CB but he wasn’t a great man cover guy. You can find much cheaper CBs to play cover 2. That’s the whole point of it.

    Might be better to move Claiborne to safety, especially if he put on some more weight.

  4. solomon151 says: Jul 4, 2013 4:42 PM

    About time

  5. surfinbird1 says: Jul 4, 2013 6:17 PM

    “you’d think he was 27 years old”. Peds?

  6. smootysmoot says: Jul 4, 2013 6:30 PM

    Claiborne also has the IQ of a infant.

  7. curmudgeon63 says: Jul 4, 2013 6:53 PM

    As a Tampa fan, and a Cowboys hater, I can’t really stomach the idea of Kiffin and Marinelli in Dallas… I hope they fail miserably.

  8. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 4, 2013 7:35 PM

    My concerns with Kiffin have nothing to do with his age. He clearly brings lots of energy into his coaching. My concern is that the Tampa 2 was successful several years ago and offenses have developed into scoring machines these days. Can it work in 2013?

  9. helloanybodyhome says: Jul 4, 2013 7:56 PM

    I agree with Claiborne, Kiffin looks 71.

  10. craigmaitland says: Jul 4, 2013 8:33 PM

    If it was just Monte I would be worried as a Cowboys fan. But have Rod with him is incredible. Take away city, have the linebackers and the DEs for it anyways.

  11. abninf says: Jul 4, 2013 9:11 PM

    smootysmoot says:

    Claiborne also has the IQ of a infant.
    ====================================

    We all aspire to have the IQ that you display for us.

  12. buddybowl69 says: Jul 4, 2013 10:48 PM

    Considering Claiborne’s paste history and his Wonderlic score, I think he was talking about the waterboy instead of Kiffin. The right age, and next to Claiborne’s football knowledge, the waterboy is a genius.
    The best way for Kiffin to utilize Claiborne is for him to point to the receiver that he should cover on every play. Telling him what color jersey and what number to cover is just too confusing.

  13. rollteal says: Jul 5, 2013 3:24 AM

    Weird seeing him in Dallas navy.

  14. chrisedmond says: Jul 5, 2013 8:10 AM

    If this defense is good this year the Cowboys will be in the super bowl. The defense has been the Achilles heel for years. GO COWBOYS!

  15. tigerboye says: Jul 5, 2013 1:42 PM

    with all that energy and pep, maybe he should play Strong Safety… Lord knows they need the help…..

  16. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 6, 2013 11:51 AM

    @buddybowl69 says:
    Considering Claiborne’s paste history and his Wonderlic score….
    __________________________________
    Compared to you Claiborne looks like a genious.

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