- Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas – Three days after he was called for five penalties and gave up a touchdown pass against Philadelphia, Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne was able to make a few jokes with his teammates about his performance.
Claiborne thinks it might be the best thing that happened to him. In fact, he hopes Cleveland comes at him Sunday and other teams attack him the rest of the season.
“The next week I know guys are going to come out (and say), ‘Just throw it up there. Either we’re going to catch it or get a penalty,’” Claiborne said. “That’s why I’ve got to play smart and go out and attack the football.”
Coach Jason Garrett said he did notice Claiborne hanging his head after such a nightmarish game.
“Mental toughness is critical,” Garrett said. “They’re going to complete balls on you. You’ve got to keep coming back. Afterwards, he said, ‘Hey, I’m going to learn from this day. I made a lot of mistakes, but I’m going to watch that tape and I’m going to get better.’ And that’s been his demeanor the past couple of days.”
Claiborne, whose one interception is tied for the team lead with four other players, said he learned to have “amnesia” playing cornerback a long time ago.
“I’m looking at how can I make a play to make other people forget it because I done forgot it?” Claiborne said. “I know you guys aren’t going to forget it, but I try to think, ‘Let me make a play because once I make a play all that’s erased.’”