Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne is just a couple games into his second NFL season, and 23-years-old. His youth showed in the loss to the Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday, when he committed a costly pass interference penalty.
The flag came in on a third-and-10, when Claiborne arrived early after breaking on Alex Smith’s intended target, receiver Donnie Avery. He batted the ball away but the flag came out, on what head coach Jason Garrett called a “legitimate” call. To make matters worse, even if Avery had made the catch, Claiborne would have had plenty of room to make the tackle well before Avery reached the first down marker.
Asked about the play after the loss, which helped the Chiefs continue on their time-chewing final drive, Garrett called for his young corner to show a little more control.
“Obviously, we don’t want him to be that aggressive,” Garrett said, per the Dallas Morning News. “He grabbed him a little bit and that call was the right one. From a technical standpoint, you just have to have a little more poise in that situation.”
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