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Garrett: "Defense Played Very Well"

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    Interim head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys during a game against the Washington Redskins at Cowboys Stadium.

    Every once in a while, you hear something so wrong, so loathsomely wrong, that you want to beat on your chest and scream at the top of your lungs, “No! That’s wrong! Why must you subject my ears to such nonsense! Aaaaaahhh!”

    On Sunday, Jason Garrett channeled his inner Wade Phillips and delivered one of those. It was quite the doozy, too. Garrett’s assessment of the defense, the same defense that had just moments before allowed the Arizona Cardinals to march the field and nail a game-winning field goal, was surprisingly sunny.

    The defense played very well,” Garrett said, per the San Antonio Express-News. “[The Cardinals] didn’t run the ball particularly well, they didn’t throw it particularly well, we limited them to 10 first downs and 2 of 11 on third down conversions, and you can go on and on.”

    True, perhaps, but in his assessment of the defense, Garrett seemed to not consider “not collapsing when the game’s on the line,” which, really, is a pretty important skill for a defensive unit. Nor did he seem to consider that the opposing quarterback was a rookie, who started the season at third string.

    So far, in his time as Cowboys’ head coach, Jason Garrett has been refreshingly unlike Phillips. On Sunday, though, in seemingly excusing what was a miserable late showing by the defense, he was all too like the apologetic former head coach.

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