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Rod Marinelli on confidence in Morris Claiborne: Well, he’s there


The Cowboys won’t have cornerback Orlando Scandrick for the first four games of the regular season, which leaves them in a position where they have to count on Morris Claiborne.

Claiborne’s first two NFL seasons have featured more injuries than impressive play, but coach Jason Garrett has expressed confidence that Claiborne has taken steps in the right direction this offseason. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli was a little less effusive in his praise for Claiborne when asked about how confident he is that Claiborne can handle the starting job.

“Well, he’s there,” Marinelli said, via “He’s our starting corner. That’s the confidence. He’s gotta go do it.”

If Claiborne can do it, it would be a major boost to a defense that’s short on talent across the board. If he can’t, the team doesn’t have much in the way of other options early in the season and that could lead to too deep a hole for them to climb out of once Scandrick is back in the lineup.

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16 Responses to “Rod Marinelli on confidence in Morris Claiborne: Well, he’s there”
  1. RegisHawk says: Sep 5, 2014 7:41 AM

    Amidst all the turmoil in the 49ers organization comes this cupcake of a game. They get an extra preseason week to get it together.

  2. 700levelvet says: Sep 5, 2014 8:11 AM

    The.”Most mediocre franchise in sports”…

  3. voiceoftreasonsays says: Sep 5, 2014 8:18 AM

    I liked the pick when Dallas traded for it, although I wished they had gone safety instead.
    Now, it looks like another really bad decision by Jerry Jagoff Jones.

    Get a real GM loser.

  4. titusyoungslegalcounsel says: Sep 5, 2014 8:27 AM

    Kid has a ton of talent. Some guys just aren’t superstars year 1.

    However, I think my Bills got the better corner that year in Gilmore

  5. niners816 says: Sep 5, 2014 8:39 AM

    After last nights game, I’m not sure who has the worst defense: Dallas or Green Bay. If Dallas is anything like Green Bay was last night then they are going to get destroyed by San Fran. I think it will be a closer game than people think. San Fran 30 Dallas 3.

  6. Straight Cash Homie says: Sep 5, 2014 8:54 AM

    Ok let’s go out on a limb here and lets say this year he finally lives up to the first round potential that got him drafted and actually plays like a true #1 CB. The rest of the D still sucks so they’re screwed either way.

  7. phillyboypat5 says: Sep 5, 2014 9:01 AM

    On a crappy D like Dallas, all eyes will be on him. Make or break year for this young guy.

  8. gotdressedinabooth says: Sep 5, 2014 9:08 AM

    1 down, 10 to go.

  9. wisconsinhillfolk says: Sep 5, 2014 9:50 AM

    Rod Marinelli is your Defensive Coordinator? Buahhhhahaha! Good luck with that. Pound the rock.

  10. freepretzels says: Sep 5, 2014 10:19 AM

    “Well he’s there.” Bwah ha ha!

  11. stunzeed5 says: Sep 5, 2014 11:02 AM

    If Dallas keeps it within 30 points, that’s a win for them.

  12. tony1oh1no says: Sep 5, 2014 11:27 AM

    Can Michael Sam play corner?

    Can we at least give it a try?

  13. damayan5 says: Sep 5, 2014 12:41 PM

    It was bad sign when his former college coach who had joined the Bucs didn’t want him there. The Bucs were corner starved at that time and had a chance to pick him but shied away.

  14. cueghost says: Sep 5, 2014 1:20 PM

    I don’t think any punters need to show up for the SF/DAL game… that’s got 51-48 written all over it!

  15. realfootballfan says: Sep 5, 2014 1:50 PM

    What a colossal bust this guy has turned out to be. He was supposed to be a stud coming out of LSU.

  16. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 5, 2014 6:23 PM

    No doubt about it, it’s a make or break year for Mo. He either comes through as the high pick Dallas thought they were getting or they move on.

    As far as depth goes, they may have found a good one in undrafted rookie Tyler Patmon.

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