Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett prior to a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Garrett says Cowboys aren’t making excuses for poor defense

The Dallas Cowboys are struggling particularly on defense. Some have pointed to their injury report as a reason for it. DeMarcus Ware has been out and fighting a thigh injury. The Cowboys just lost linebackers Sean Lee and Justin Durant. Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher was out on Sunday. The Cowboys lost Anthony Spencer early in the season as well.

Despite what is a clear rash of injuries, head coach Jason Garrett says they aren’t making excuses for their poor showing defensively.

“We don’t make any excuses for anybody,” Garrett said, via ESPN Dallas. “We certainly understand that we have a lot of different guys playing on defense. We get that. We bring those guys in, we teach them quickly and they play in the game. That’s been a situation we’ve had all through the year, but teams that absorb the injuries the best are the ones playing at the end.

“We’re in the situation we’re in and we have to figure it out. Players need to figure it out. Coaches need to figure it out.”

Jerry Jones said he wouldn’t mess with the coaching staff. Garrett is standing by Monte Kiffin for now.

“I have the utmost confidence in Kiffin and the defense to help get that done.”


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  • SmartThinking

    The time is well past for excuses of any sort from this coaching staff. Rather than taking responsibility for their losses, I’d have been a lot more sure these guys have a steady grasp on the helm if Garrett had simply said they got out-played, out-coached and the entire team let their fans down. That would be the start of a real come back for this team. Until they acknowledge that their coaching strategies have not worked, this team will just limp through the remainder of the season and Jones will promise the fans real changes again come 2014.