Dallas Cowboys swing tackle Chaz Green had arguably the worst performance of his life against the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday.
Green filled in for All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith, and simply couldn’t contain Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn. Green was beat for four sacks and eventually benched in the second half.
But Green is responding the right way this week, according to his teammates and coaches. Green spoke about his mindset for the first time on Thursday.
“Relentlessly attack and get better,” Green said. “Just try to focus on cleaning up my pass sets and everything. Changing up a couple things in my stance and whatnot, focusing on a few things technique wise.”
Green called himself a confident player and isn’t letting his poor performance keep him down too much. He’s avoiding social media and simply focused on his job.
“I haven’t been on social media or anything like that cause I know they’re killing me right now,” Green said. “But I’m a guy who kind of stays within myself, whether it’s good or bad, you’re not going to see much change out of me. I’ve just been focusing on getting better, ignoring all the noise and trying to just master my craft.”
Byron Bell, who replaced Green in the second half, has been getting the first-team reps at left tackle this week. Smith (groin) remains sidelined with an injury, but the Cowboys are hopeful he’ll be able to play in Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
For Green, he’s used this week to simply show his commitment to improving.
“Very accountable after the ball game,” coach Jason Garrett said. “And just really back to work. He is one of the hardest working guys we have on our team. He practices the right way and approaches everything about this job the right way.”
Said Jason Witten, “Anybody who has played in this league for any extended amount of time [has struggled]. Believe it or not, Troy (Aikman) probably threw an interception. Michael (Irvin) may have dropped a pass. Those things happen. They’re the greatest players to ever play in this organization.
“Those things happen for all of us and your ability to process it and learn from it, not feel sorry for yourself, but get your ass back up and go again. We don’t lose confidence in those guys, just continue to support them and help them.”