Cornerback Morris Claiborne, picked on repeatedly by Philip Rivers and the Chargers in Sundays loss, is playing with poor technique and low confidence, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday.They went to him too much in this ballgame, and they were too effective, Garrett said. Hes just got to play better, and he will play better.Against two-receiver sets, the Cowboys have already demoted Claiborne, going with Orlando Scandrick in his place. But against three-receiver sets, Claiborne returns to the outside, and Scandrick goes to the slot.The Cowboys are not ready to go with rookie B.W. Webb in the slot to allow Scandrick to stay outside.We feel like the combination we had out there is the best combination. And if we thought otherwise, we would make that change, Garrett said. But what [Claiborne] needs to do is just play better. He needs to play with the right technique and do it consistently, over and over and over again.Cornerback Brandon Carr said Claiborne understands if Scandrick has moved ahead of him.Orlando is playing some good ball right now, Carr said. Now its a time where they feel comfortable with Orlando playing. Mo is a team player. Hes going to buy into it. Hes going to compete. Its not the time for feelings or anything political. Its all just business, and we are trying to put the best 11 out there to win ballgames.Carter problemsLinebacker Bruce Carter had a foot injury in the second half against the Chargers, but Jason Garrett also criticized him for his play after running back Danny Woodhead scored two touchdown catches against him. Bruce had some problems covering their guys, Garrett said. He didnt cover him that well, and there some other things going on in our other coverage that he didnt do quite enough of a good job on.Carter played 48 snaps, and backup Ernie Sims played 27.Garrett, asked if it was an effort issue with Carter, said, Just didnt play to his capabilities. One of the best things he does is, he covers guys. Its a challenging situation to be in, but hes capable of covering those guys well and just didnt get it done.Injury updatesJason Garrett said the Cowboys dont believe the injuries to defensive ends DeMarcus Ware and George Selvie are serious, serious injuries, but that the players will have to deal with them during the week.Ware was sidelined part of the game with what he said was a strained muscle in his back. Garrett said Selvie has a head injury and will go through the process that everyone who has a head injury goes through over the course of the week. Thats how they described it to me.Receiver Dwayne Harris said his hip was sore during the game but that it did not slow him.Receiver Miles Austin declined to give an update on his hamstring injury, saying only that he was headed to the training room.Effort playJason Garrett agreed that receiver Terrance Williams was making an effort play on his fourth-quarter fumble, but he said the rookie has to learn from the experience.He catches it short of the goal line, and he wants to get in, and he extends the ball, and one of the things hes going to learn as a young player is when youre in those situations, guys are fantastic at getting the ball out its a physical game, and theyre going to knock the ball out, Garrett said. So hell learn from that experience.Williams was down on himself after the game, saying he felt like he had let a lot of people down.You want guys who it matters to, and it certainly matters to him, and he wants to do well, and he puts pressure on himself to do well, and thats a good thing for a young player, Garrett said. Well continue to work with him and talk to him about going to the next play, whether its a successful play or a play that doesnt go your way. Hell learn from this whole experience.
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