Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett watched from the sidelines on Thursday as his defense allowed 27 points and 395 total yards to the San Diego Chargers in their preseason debut. Neither Philip Rivers or second-string quarterback Kellen Clemens threw an incomplete pass.
It was bad enough that Garrett took time out to list off the defense’s shortcomings in that game over the weekend.
“Let’s start from top to bottom,” Garrett told the team's official website. “The discipline wasn’t very good, the gap control wasn’t very good, it wasn’t very physical, we didn’t tackle very well, we didn’t run to the ball well enough, we didn’t make enough plays. We made one play on the ball that was significant, but we didn’t make any plays that made a difference in the game.”
Garrett’s criticism wasn’t limited to the defense, however.
“For that matter, the offense wasn’t and the kicking game wasn’t (what it needed to be),” Garrett said. “So we have to, as coaches, pull back a little bit, provide some perspective on it, understand who’s playing, what their experience is to this point, all of that; but having said that, there’s plenty of stuff to work on when you watch that tape.”
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