Cowboys notes: Carr says it's too early to panic

Posted Thursday, Oct. 04, 2012  comments  Print Reprints
A

Watch video

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

IRVING -- As the Dallas Cowboys head into their bye week, cornerback Brandon Carr said it is too early to overreact to the team's 2-2 start despite a pair of lopsided losses to Seattle (27-7) and Chicago (34-18) wrapped around a 16-10 victory over Tampa Bay.

"It's not the time to panic," Carr said after Wednesday's practice at Valley Ranch. "We've got a lot of football left. We're still fairly new to each other, still trying to find ourselves. But the good thing I can see is we just keep battling."

Carr, the team's highest-profile addition via free agency during the off-season, said he is satisfied with the progress made by an injury-riddled defense that expects to regain the services of three starters -- nose tackle Jay Ratliff, linebacker Anthony Spencer and defensive end Kenyon Coleman -- from injuries when the team returns to practice Monday in preparation for an Oct. 14 game at Baltimore.

"We don't have a lot of mental mistakes this year," Carr said of the Cowboys' defense. "Everybody is pretty much on the same page. It's just we fail to keep our intensity throughout the whole game. We're still trying to find a solution to that.... But there are a lot of positives. A lot of guys are still eager to get out there, still have upbeat attitudes and are just willing to go out there and work."

Vote of confidence

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has overseen a team that has posted a 10-10 record since the start of the 2011 season, including a 2-2 mark this year. Although Garrett preaches a consistent, even-keel approach to his players -- with an emphasis on daily execution in practice -- the team has not been able to carry that approach into game day.

The Cowboys are minus-7 in turnover ratio, ranking next-to-last among NFL teams in that area, and rank 30th among the league's 32 teams in rushing. There have been too many penalties. And that has been frustrating to tight end Jason Witten, who has contributed to the inconsistencies with five dropped passes this season.

"Yeah. I think that's the case. Ultimately, I think we've got the right guys to get it done at a high level, to compete for a championship in all phases," Witten said. "Speaking specifically for the offense, it comes down to a couple of plays. A couple of plays change the game. Turnovers, it's hard to overcome that. But we're not going to quit... We'll get it turned around."

Witten said Garrett's approach is the right one, despite another slow start.

"The wins haven't shown it. But Jason's a great coach," Witten said. "I can't speak more highly about any coach I've had.

"He does a tremendous job of laying it out there and giving you the game plan to go succeed. He understands adjustments and all that goes into it. He's done a phenomenal job. We've just got to play better."

Jimmy Burch, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @Jimmy_Burch

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?





Tuesday, November 25Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Tuesday, November 25Full Scoreboard
Atlanta «106Final | Box
Washington102
Golden State «114Final | Box
Miami97
Detroit86Final | Box
Milwaukee «98
Sacramento «99Final | Box
New Orleans89
Chicago109Final | Box
Denver «114
Full Scoreboard
Week 13Full Scoreboard
Thursday
Chicago 12:30 PM ET
Detroit TV: CBS
Philadelphia 4:30 PM ET
Dallas TV: FOX
Seattle 8:30 PM ET
San Francisco TV: NBC
Sunday
San Diego 1:00 PM ET
Baltimore TV: CBS
Cleveland 1:00 PM ET
Buffalo TV: CBS
Tennessee 1:00 PM ET
Houston TV: CBS
Washington 1:00 PM ET
Indianapolis TV: FOX
NY Giants 1:00 PM ET
Jacksonville TV: FOX
Carolina 1:00 PM ET
Minnesota TV: FOX
New Orleans 1:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh TV: FOX
Oakland 1:00 PM ET
St. Louis TV: CBS
Cincinnati 1:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay TV: CBS
Arizona 4:05 PM ET
Atlanta TV: FOX
New England 4:25 PM ET
Green Bay TV: CBS
Denver 8:30 PM ET
Kansas City TV: NBC
Monday
Miami 8:30 PM ET
NY Jets TV: ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Tuesday, November 25Full Scoreboard
Winnipeg «4Final | Box
Columbus2
Ottawa «3Final(SO) | Box
St. Louis2
Los Angeles3Final(SO) | Box
Nashville «4
Edmonton2Final | Box
Dallas «3
Colorado «4Final(OT) | Box
Arizona3
New Jersey0Final | Box
Vancouver «2
Calgary2Final | Box
Anaheim «3
Full Scoreboard