Jason Garrett says players haven’t quit; played hard, didn’t play well against Bears

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It may be a fait accompli that Jason Garrett’s nine-plus years as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys will come to an end at the conclusion of this season. Back-to-back losses to the Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears have only further illustrated how poorly a supposedly talented Cowboys team is performing this season.

But Garrett refuses to believe that he’s lost the team he’s trying to navigate to a NFC East title amid a three-game losing streak that dropped the Cowboys to 6-7 on Thursday night.

“I don’t believe that,” Garrett said when asked if the players have quit postgame.

“I think we played hard. We didn’t play well. We didn’t play well enough. And at different times we did some good things, but on an overall team basis, we didn’t play consistently well enough. Give the Bears credit, they did what they needed to do to win the game and we did not.”

Dallas has come out of the gate strong the last two weeks with lengthy opening drives for touchdowns before going for a tailspin the rest of the way. A 7-0 lead turned into a 26-7 deficit at the hands of the Bills while a 7-0 lead became a 24-7 Bears lead Thursday night in Chicago.

“We have to be tougher handling the adversity of the game,” Garrett said. “The best players on the best teams are able to do that. It’s the National Football League. There’s adversity waiting for you every time the ball’s snapped. The guy across from you is a really good player.

“And at different times in this game, I thought we did a good job executing, moving the ball, making symptoms, whatever. And then at different times we didn’t. We have to do a better job of it, have some success, stop it. Come back to our execution, somehow, someway make a stop, get off the field, somehow, someway make a play, keep the drive alive. We didn’t do that consistently well enough tonight.”

Jerry Jones said that Garrett and the whole coaching staff will coach the team’s next game against the Los Angeles Rams next week. Garrett was asked if the uncertainty of his job status is causing distractions at this point. He replied that it’s not something he can concern himself with.

“I can’t speak to that,” Garrett said. “The most important thing we have to do is learn from this game and get back to work. We’ll be off this weekend because of the Thursday game and we’ll get back to work on Monday with our players. Our eyes will be forward and learn from the experience and move on, get ready for the next challenge.”

10 responses to “Jason Garrett says players haven’t quit; played hard, didn’t play well against Bears

  1. “We’ll be off this weekend…”

    I am aware that there are probably CBA stipulations about days off after thursday games, but it is pretty tone-deaf to talk about the weekend when being asked about poor work performance

  2. I wonder how often Jerry Jones is haunted by the Ghost of Christmas Past (Jimmy Johnson) these days…boy, was that glory a long time ago…

  3. Garrett was hired after having the offense tank the first half of the the 2010 season, getting Phillips fired.

    It seems like Richard sees his window and has gotten the defense to tank this season, hoping to take the Head Coach job from Garrett.

  4. “They didn’t quit”……. yeah well what you’re saying and what the world is seeing tells a completely different story.

  5. No but the coaching staff has. Then you have an offensive game plan that is designed to get so far behind so teams put in their backups and allow Dak to put up big numbers in the fourth quarter to justify calling him their franchise QB. I’m not sure there’s one brain cell on the coaching staff and in the front office combined. A real coach would have won Super Bowls with this roster and yet the Cowboys have a below average record. As long as Jerruh gets what he wants that’s all that matters. He can talk all he wants about winning but all he wants is to be the center of attention.

  6. What was up with Witten? I’ve always had respect for him (not a Cowboys fan by any means), but he looked like a grade-A jackass on the sidelines last night. Maybe he should have stayed retired.

  7. daysend564 says:
    December 6, 2019 at 9:55 am
    Garrett was hired after having the offense tank the first half of the the 2010 season, getting Phillips fired.

    It seems like Richard sees his window and has gotten the defense to tank this season, hoping to take the Head Coach job from Garrett.
    ++++++++++++

    I was thinking the same thing when the camera showed Kris Richard on the sideline last night. Thing is he’s not the coordinator, Rod Marinelli is. Richard is the Passing Game Coordinator & Defensive Backs Coach. But even so, I’m not sure he’s devious enough to do as you suggest. And would Jerry make a similar mistake? I mean he promotes Garrett after the offense flouders, the offense he coordinated. But who knows, Jerry has his own priorities.

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