Morris Claiborne channels his inner Nick Saban.

This is awesome.  Talking about his poor showing on the Wonderlic, the former LSU defensive back had this to say:

“They say it’s an IQ test. I came to the combine for football. I looked at the test, and wasn’t any questions about football. I didn’t see no point in the test. I’m not in school anymore. I didn’t complete it. I only finished 15 or 18 questions.”

The only thing that would make that quote better is if he looked some GM in the eye during a pre-draft interview and said the same thing in response to an awkward question.

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24 responses to “Morris Claiborne channels his inner Nick Saban.

  1. Rocket Dawg

    Wonderlic…..I ain’t got time for that sh*t.

  2. NCDAWG

    Even scarier, Cowboys didn’t even interview Claiborne!! Who hires someone they don’t bother to interview.Jerry Jones will get what he derserves in this one.

    • AusDawg85

      Whatever the over/under is on this guy getting in trouble…I’m taking the under.

    • Texas Baller

      Actually – Cowboy scouts were all over Mo. Les Miles a former Cowboy AC. Double J had a direct line into Baton Rouge and knew exactly what he was getting. Cowboy war room had MoClay as #2 on their board behind only Luck. Carr, Jenkins and MoClay should give Robbie Ryan a stud secondary!

    • Juan

      What? Probably the most productive player in this draft other than Luck?

      Claiborne will be a superstar CB for many years. I hate the cowboys but this kid is a stud.

  3. charlottedawg

    Good for Morris for calling out bullshit that doesn’t matter for what it is. You want high scores on a test find a bunch of asian guys like me and you’ll get ‘em. Draft us! Oh wait, I forgot that we can play football about as well as we can drive: namely not very well. which was the whole damn point of this exercise, to ascertain one’s ability to play football not take a damn test.

    • Cojones

      I find that asians drive very well, at least on freeways in Ca. Sometimes I have a weird moment when a head isn’t visible above the seatback on the driver’s side.

  4. Bryant Denny

    Way to go, Mo. Glad for the kid. Even I can tell he can play.

  5. Russ

    I don’t blame him. The kid can play, and I can’t believe the test is that important.

    • Merk

      At best the test shows that you can take a random situation and create a solution to it quickly, but as the player said…None of the questions are football related. Thus really it is good for QBs…after that not much. I think the test would be better if it were football and even “preferred” position related. Just create situations and see how the player would respond to them in a short time frame. Then at least you know if the guy can compute football related situations quickly, instead of telling you the answer to an algebra equation in 10 sec.

      • If you’re not a QB prospect, you should just boycott the test. Bunch of BS anyway.

      • Cojones

        “Responding” is a matter of vision and training. That doesn’t help on any test that requires reading, understanding what was read and supplying a cognitive answer to show you can do both. That wouldn’t solve the initial problem of IQ. It looks like it doesn’t carry any weight when they decide who they want on their team to slam opposing players. The Wonderlic will die a slow death.

        The Wonderlic applies to the physical game of football at the NFL level like balls on a Bishop (excepting one acquaintance who is a Methodist Bishop and was caught scandalously with the Mayor’s wife).

  6. Always Someone Else's Fault

    Has anyone ever taken a sample test? I don’t see how anyone can extrapolate the problem-solving involved and correlate those skills to football. Spatial reasoning, multiple variables… maybe, but when you move the vocabulary from Cover 3 to geometry, what’s the point?

    I honestly don’t see why the NFL doesn’t scrap the thing. I have yet to hear a GM indicate it tells him anything useful, and stories like Mo’s just reinforce public stereotypes. Bad for business.

  7. Skeeter

    Good for him. The sample tests I’ve seen were more SAT than IQ tests.

  8. shane#1

    I read this quote from a NFL coach that did not want his name mentioned{understandably}. “Give me the C students every time. They are smart enough to understand what I want them to do and dumb enough to actually do it.”

    • Gravidy

      That may well be true, but this guy is nowhere near a C student…not even close.

      Whether you guys like it or not, the test serves a purpose.

      • What purpose did it serve in Mo’s case? He’s still a top ten draft pick, Wonderlic or not.

        • Gravidy

          It served very little purpose relative to his draft position in this case. It only served to let all the teams know what they were drafting. If they decided he didn’t need to be the sharpest knife in the drawer to be an elite NFL CB, then more power to ‘em. It is their draft pick to use as they see fit. And note that I don’t disagree with their assessment.

  9. Spreerex

    LOL, nice. After seeing this kid’s IQ ridiculed because of his wonderlic score, this is a great comeback line. I wonder how many legendary terrible scores were a similar, “Maaaaaan, eff this.” reaction.

    • Cojones

      All of those who were leaders and thought for themselves probably.

    • Cojones

      Had a Religion final as an undergrad. About 500 combined together in the amphitheater classroom where it was given. After the initial shuffling of the pages to open, read and ask questions, the room fell silent for about 3 mins, after which a student in the rear and up high said loudly, “GODDDDDDAMN!” followed by him getting up, marching down front, tossing his exam paper on the front desk and leaving.

      I could have told him he had flunked the exam as soon as he opened his mouth.

  10. Hackerdog

    I’m amazed the charges of coaching to the Wonderlic haven’t surfaced yet.