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Spears: Players, Not Garrett, Deserve Blame For Arizona Loss

Veteran defensive end Marcus Spears isn't blaming his head coach for the loss in the desert

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    Jason Garrett has caught a good bit of flack in the aftermath of the Cowboys’ overtime loss to the Cardinals last Sunday (and deservedly so, if you ask us), but according to at least one Cowboys’ veteran, the blame given to Garrett is misplaced at best.

    Veteran defensive end Marcus Spears recently put the blame on the shoulders of himself and his teammates, and more or less dismissed the idea that the loss came as a result of, say, Garrett’s clock management or the fact that he seemingly iced his own kicker for (as far as we know) the first time ever.

    "Coach Garrett, in a respect, was trying to be accountable,” Spears said of Garrett’s remarks following the loss, per the Dallas Morning News, “but Coach Garrett didn't take a snap on the field. Players win games.

    “At the end of the day we were out there able to control the outcome more effectively than he was able to. At the end of the day, I respect coach for what he did. But we have to get that game done as players and not even let it come down to him having to make a call or having to make that decision.”

    We credit Spears for taking this stance, we really do. But it coming down to “that decision” is always a possibility in football, and in this case, it seems clear that Garrett made a wrong one--or, perhaps, a series of wrong ones.

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