IRVING -- Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan shouldered the blame for the Cowboys' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
But the Cowboys said Monday they all share responsibility for the 34-7 loss.
"Rob felt the way all of us felt," Cowboys safety Abe Elam said. "We didn't want to lose that game. It was a divisional game, a game we wanted to win. To lose to them the way we did, it was painful.
"Everybody in that locker room felt we let each other down. It was a big game we wanted to come away with a victory, and we didn't."
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The Cowboys spent Monday afternoon licking their wounds. They watched the tape and analyzed what went wrong in the first blowout loss in the Jason Garrett era.
The Cowboys have lost seven games since Garrett took over midway through last season. The first six were by a combined 18 points. Sunday's loss was by 27.
The Eagles had 31 first downs, 495 total yards, including 239 rushing, and possessed the ball for 42:09. The Cowboys had 12 first downs, 267 total yards, including 85 rushing, and had the ball for only 17:51.
"I don't think there were a lot of surprises in the game," Garrett said. "I don't think they did anything on defense that surprised us. I don't think they did anything on offense that surprised us. We've seen a lot of the stuff that they've done before, and we've prepared for those things. Unfortunately, we didn't execute as well as we needed to throughout the ballgame in all three areas."
The Cowboys entered the game ranked seventh in total defense, including first against the run. They left it ranked ninth in total defense, including fourth against the run, not including results from the Monday night game.
The Eagles have given the Cowboys' future opponents some ideas on how to move the ball against Ryan's defense. The only problem is: The Seahawks, Bills, Redskins, Dolphins, Cardinals, Giants and Bucs don't have Michael Vick as their quarterback.
Vick threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 50 yards.
"I think it is a copycat league, so I think teams are always looking at what's been successful against a particular team," Garrett said. "But I do think Philly's talent is unique. The quarterback is a unique player. I think he's someone who has really demonstrated that he can throw from the pocket, and he obviously can make a ton of plays by moving around and making plays with his feet, not only extending plays but also running and making plays. So he's someone who always kind of gets your attention. I think because he has a lot of the defense's attention, it opens up a lot of opportunities for other people -- runners and receivers.
"Having said that, certainly people are going to watch this tape and try to do some of the things they did."
By 5:30 p.m. Monday, when their meetings ended, the players were thinking about Seattle. The Cowboys' next five opponents are a combined 11-24. Among that group, only the Bills (5-2) have a winning record.
But Dallas is singularly focused on the Seahawks (2-5), having adopted Garrett's one-game-at-a-time philosophy.
"We've just got to win one," Cowboys receiver Laurent Robinson said. "Sunday this week is against the Seahawks. We've just got to win one and take care of that and worry about the next one the next week."