Monday, December 30, 2013
WR Austin: 'I should have broken it up'
By Calvin Watkins
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Miles Austin stood outside the Cowboys' locker room looking numb.
The Cowboys' wide receiver was running across the middle when a Kyle Orton pass was directed behind him and picked off by corner Brandon Boykin with 1:43 to play in the fourth quarter.
Boykin's interception sealed the Eagles 24-22 victory to not only clinch the NFC East but end the Cowboys' season.
Austin said he was trying to run an inside post and thought a linebacker, DeMeco Ryans, might have stood in the way of getting the pass in the middle of the field which prompted Orton to throw it behind him.
"Ran a post trying to work my man," Austin said. "I don't know if the (linebacker) was there and I don't know if (Orton) didn't want to bury the throw because someone was in there. I should have broken it up. I tried to break it up. Wish I could have broken it up, it's an unfortunate deal."
Said Orton: "I wish I had the throw back."
Austin finished the Eagles game with two catches for 22 yards on three targets.
When you look at his entire season, Austin was a major disappointment. He finished with 24 catches and zero touchdowns and over the last two seasons, he had just one catch against the Washington Redskins, the Cowboys' rival in the NFC East.
Austin's hamstrings bothered him so much he missed five games because of it and failed to catch a pass in two other games. It seems difficult to bring Austin back in 2014, given the rise of rookie receiver Terrance Williams and slot receiver Cole Beasley.
Austin is scheduled to make a base salary of $5.5 million in 2014 with a cap number of $8.24 million.
"It's a physical game and things happen," Austin said. "I think other guys were playing great, you know, Dez had an amazing year, Terrance, Jason has always been doing great. It's all about how you fit into the offense and how things work. You put your heart out on the line every single day and its hard for it to end like this."
Asked has he played his final game with the Cowboys' Austin said: "I'm just taking it one day at a time."
If the Cowboys make Austin a post-June 1 cut, the franchise saves $5 million.
Asked about the cap savings Austin replied, "I just lost a heartbreaking game, and this is where I'm at."