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Is it time to declare Claiborne a bust?

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by AmberBeer, Apr 16, 2014.

  1. CyberB0b

    CyberB0b Well-Known Member

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    He improved so much that he was put on the bench, right?

  2. jnday

    jnday Well-Known Member

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    Do you really gave to cherry pick to find some decent playing time from Mo? Next it will be that he played great one series in two games in the second quarter, with three minutes left before halftime. Yeah, it is hard to make sense with that example, but it is harder to make sense of all his imagined improvement while losing his starting job and grading out as one of the worst CBs in the league.
  3. ChldsPlay

    ChldsPlay Well-Known Member

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    It takes more cherry picking to find his bad gsmes than it does his good ones. Final 5.5 games played...that's called a trend sir.
  4. CowboysYanksLakers

    CowboysYanksLakers Well-Known Member

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    Year three... Put up or else.
  5. jnday

    jnday Well-Known Member

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    Did you miss the post by Amber earlier in this thread that had the stats that showed just how bad the guy played? There is no arguing with those facts.
  6. Ratmatt

    Ratmatt Active Member

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    It's bad enough they don't value their draft picks enough,and they throw them around to move here,and there in the draft.When that guy you moved around for doesn't turn out,well that's a nightmare.After saying all that,I'm not willing to give up on claiborne yet.
  7. McLovin

    McLovin Well-Known Member

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    He wrote in crayon and misspelled his name

    #rimshot
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  8. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    If he starts and contributes his rookie contract, he's not a bust. He can not be a bust and still be a disappointment, as I've said earlier.

    Alan Ball is a bad comparison, but he also was not a bust. It's a matter of expectations, and many fans simply have unreasonable expectations. It's easier when things are all-or-nothing. Easier, and innaccurate.

    And we all expect Claiborne to improve. Just as we're all disappointed in his development to-date. And we'll all be bummed if he doesn't.
  9. CyberB0b

    CyberB0b Well-Known Member

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    If all we get out of him is a part time player, who isn't a starter, that is a big bust for a #6 overall that we traded up to get. Hopefully, he improves, but judging from his body of work thusfar, that is unlikely.
  10. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    I disagree that improvement is unlikely. Also that busts are judged relative to draft position. A higher draft position decreases the likelihood the player will not be a bust. It doesn't mean fans should reasonably expect superstars from all top ten picks. Just looking at previous drafts will tell you how foolish that exercise is.

    I also don't think Claiborne ends up a part time player. He had issues with strength and health last season. He's got a lot of potential.
  11. CyberB0b

    CyberB0b Well-Known Member

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    He's had issues with strength and health since before he was drafted. I think he had a wrist injury going into the draft.

    Judging from your criteria, guys like Ryan Leaf and Tony Mandarich weren't busts, but they are generally regarded as two of the biggest in the history of the league.
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  12. ChldsPlay

    ChldsPlay Well-Known Member

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    PFF is not a stat.
  13. LOBO7

    LOBO7 Active Member

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    No. Just needs a little confidence and a defensive line.
  14. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    not surprised at the knee jerk defense shown by some. Bottom line is that he has not performed even CLOSE to a level of the 6th Pick in the Draft. LET ALONE WHAT WE GAVE UP TO GET HIM.
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  15. Doomsay

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    I think that the term "Bust" is only relevant to draft position. It's an opportunity cost vs. performance measure. 7th rounders can never be "Busts" because they cost nothing, in terms of draft value.

    As far as improvement, I don't know what the turnaround % is for previously underachieving CB's in their third season, it certainly is one of the more difficult positions to master at the pro-level. Mo's injury situation and scheme dislocation might have been legitimate reasons for lack of performance, in which case, there might be reason for optimism, on the other hand, his lack of physicality might also just be a perpetual problem.
  16. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    I mentioned Alan Ball to point out that you can suck but still be starting.

    If all you need to do is start, how is any Top 10 pick ever a bust?

    JaMarcus Russell gave starting snaps.
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  17. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Passive aggressive much this morning? Other than that, you're not saying anything I have said, explicitly, in this thread. More than once.

    And, for the record, what is it you think we gave up that equates to more than the value of the sixth pick in the draft again? Because by my math, we spent exactly the sixth pick in the draft to take him, and, if anything, the trade up to that spot was an affordable one.
  18. CowboyFan74

    CowboyFan74 Cowboys Analyst

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    No..........
  19. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    I didn't say 'any starts' I said starts and contributes during his rookie contract. Mo's just finished year two. If he's not a regular starter at the end of his deal, he's obviously a bust. But that's not what's happening with him, and that's not his trajectory and, even if it were, he's still only going into his third camp it's too early to say he's busted.

    But we've both been around long enough to know there are Cowboys fans who considered Marcus Spears a bust his entire career here. And Anthony Spencer. And Felix Jones. Mike Jenkins. I've even heard Terrence Newman referred to as a bust. That's because these players underperformed relative to expectations.

    Now, the term 'bust' is subjective, so we're not going to be able to agree on a definition everybody accepts. I'm saying, for my part, if you get a first-contract starter with a pick, it's not a bust. If you get a quality role player, it's not a bust. If you get a guy who can't find a home on your team where he can play snaps even in a specialty role, and can't find one somewhere else, he's a bust. Otherwise, you've got a pick that underperformed expectations but who still fills a role you'd otherwise have to pay someone else to fill. There are a ton of players in that boat, and Mo Claiborne so far is definitely one of them. So is Bruce Carter. So was Miles Austin and Demarcus Ware last season. It doesn't mean the players are actually getting extra credit for simply holding down a starting job in the NFL. It only means that they weren't completely busted picks.
  20. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    BS, there are many players who were well below the avg who were great players Dan Marino did not score high yet Ryan Fitspatrick posted one the highest. Fitspatrick may be a lot smarter off the field than Marino but when it comes to football and knowledge of how to play the game to make quick reads and figure out what is taking place Fits does not even come close. Wonderlic proves nothing on the field, saying he can't learn, it is football not rocket science I know that is hard for people here to figure this out. Funny fans who have never played at that level seem to know more than guys who do it for a living, Claiborne knows and understand the game, he has been injured and that test proves nothing.
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