Jason Garrett stays on script

November, 11, 2013
11/11/13
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NEW ORLEANS – Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett will not veer off script.

No matter how upset he may feel inside, he will not show it. Even after something as embarrassing as Sunday’s 49-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints in which the Cowboys were, frankly, not competitive.

According to Elias, the Cowboys were outgained by 431 yards by the Saints, the third-largest margin in the last 25 years. It was the largest margin since the New England Patriots outgained the Tennessee Titans by 439 yards in a 59-0 win in 2009.

Garrett was asked if he was shocked by the loss.

“They’re a good football team,” he said. “We understood how good a football team they were watching the tape. They’re particularly good in this building. We knew we had to slow them down. Felt like we had to take away their run and make them one dimensional and we didn’t do that. They were able to drive the ball consistently throughout the game on offense. We simply weren’t able to answer.”

A perfectly reasoned answer.

He was asked his he was bitter about the defeat.

“Losing in this league is hard for everybody,” Garrett said. “So much goes into these ballgames and when we come down here and we’re not able to get the job done it’s certainly disappointing for everybody. But we’ve got to look at it. We’ve got to evaluate it and learn from it and we’ve got to get better as a result of it.”

Another perfectly reasoned answer.

He was asked about the message he sent to the team after the loss.

“We’re going to look at the tape and learn from it,” Garrett said. “We’re going to step back from this thing during the bye week and we’re going to get our guys healthy, get our minds right and get ready for the next challenge up in New York.”

Another perfectly reasoned answer.

But does this team need reasoned answers or something more?

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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