Terrance Williams was getting all the pep talks and insulation, but he had plenty of company as a Cowboys wide receiver failing to produce.
Between the injury absence of Miles Austin, a number of drops, some solid Chargers coverage and Dez Bryant going invisible for long stretches, there was plenty of blame to go around.
But after fumbling the ball away into the end zone late, Williams was just the most obvious. Owner Jerry Jones dropped by for a pep talk, after director of player development Bryan Wansley escorted him off the field offering encouragement.
“Just feel like I was trying to make a play and it didn’t turn out that way,” Williams said, via Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com. “I wanted [to score]. I just feel like I let a whole bunch of people down. So it’s going to be kinda tough to get past it but I have to move on.”
But there were also drops by his friends, and even though Bryant caught a pair of touchdowns, it wasn’t enough. Three of their four drops came on third downs, and the Cowboys were just 3-of-9 in that category. And when they needed him the most, Bryant went missing, targeted just three times in the fourth quarter, and not touching the ball from the 12:00 mark until garbage time (24 seconds left).
“That’s what this game is, like I said before, we got too much talent on this team,” Bryant said. “That’s the great thing about it, everybody can make a play. Everything went well. We all as one. We just got to continue to execute the best way we possibly can.”
And that togetherness keeps Williams from being the only one to blame.