Aug 25, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) warms up before the game against d the St Louis Rams at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Morris Claiborne: The Right Kind Of Guy

Morris Claiborne thinks this is going to be a big year for the Cowboy’s…a very big year.

Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

In an interview Claiborne stated that his expectations were very high, both for the team and himself.

He went on to say, “I feel like we’ll have a breakout year this year if we continue to work the way we’ve been working and doing the things we’ve been doing”.

Morris also discussed the more disciplined approach he has taken in his training this offseason.  Putting his focus on weight training and a proper diet, Claiborne has been able to add a lean 6 pounds of muscle to his physique.  “It’s been kind of hard, but I’m dedicated to it and I’m trying to make it work for not only myself but also for the team”.  Morris continued, “I’ll take that little punishment of not having those sweets so I can go out and play at a high level”.

It’s good to see that level of dedication, especially from a younger player.  I think this is what Garrett means we he talks about the “right kind of guy”.

I’ve repeatedly stated that, due to the new collective bargaining agreement, athletes will be significantly more responsible for their own conditioning.  I think last year’s injury riddled season proved that across the league.  It’s not unreasonable to think that whichever team has the most disciplined individual players might very well be the team hoisting the Lombardi come season’s end.

Claiborne proved to be critical of himself as well, grading his rookie season with a C-.  If that’s how he feels about last year’s performance, it’s easy to see why he’s so anxious to get back on the field this season.

“I believe in my all-around game,” Claiborne said.  “I feel like I have improved much as a player.  I think most of all, my confidence level is very high right now, and I plan on keeping it that way, going into the season with a good mindset.”

Claiborne appears to be the kind of disciplined individual I’m talking about, and for the Cowboy’s…he is absolutely the right kind of guy.

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