- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas -- Following Wednesday's practice, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne met with reporters and talked about various subjects, including blocking out the noise concerning his game.
"Just don't listen to it," he said. "You guys have to do your job and I have to do my job."
Claiborne received some heavy criticism after the 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers because he allowed at least four receptions. During his Tuesday night radio show, Claiborne said his confidence should be higher but he's still making the adjustments to playing more zone coverage. In the 3-4 scheme under former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, Claiborne played more man-to-man, which is what he played in his final years at LSU.
Under this new 4-3 scheme with Monte Kiffin as the defensive coordinator, the Cowboys want their corners to play more zone coverage and use their safeties as protection for deep passes.
"It's just, in a zone you have to have so much communication," he said. "Everybody has to be on the same page. Like if a back’s in motion, the whole thing likely changes for everybody. Just having that constant communication for everybody, where you have help at, where you can push guys to, where you can be able to man up and actually go make a play on the ball."
Claiborne said he's still dealing with shoulder issues and continues to get a pain injection for it, yet isn't using it as an excuse for his inconsistent play. Cowboys officials still believe in Claiborne's abilities and think once he gets adjusted to playing more zone he'll perform better.
"Yeah, he’s been off a little bit," Kiffin said. "He was hurt and I think that sets you back a little bit. I’m not making excuses. He’s a great kid. He’s a great young man and he’s bounced back. He made some really good plays, too. All they talk about is the plays that jump out at you, but he didn’t play bad or something like that. He’ll be starting and playing a lot this week."