Garrett spent most of his news conference reflecting back on the 2014 season and looking ahead to 2015. But he also revisited a few things from last Sunday’s 26-21 loss to the Packers in the NFC divisional round.
The hot topic remained the controversial reversal of Dez Bryant’s 46-yard “catch” on a fourth-down play in the fourth quarter, in which the officials ruled that Bryant did not make a football move, nor maintain possession, throughout the process of making the catch.
Garrett didn’t want to spend too much time on that subject, though, saying: “There were 56 minutes of football played before that catch and four minutes of football played after that catch. And we didn’t get the job done. That’s what we have to live with.”
However, Garrett admitted that the process of determining a catch nowadays is too complicated but didn’t expound on it.
Garrett also took responsibility for not making sure extra time was added after the review. With an incomplete pass, the clock should have stopped and had about 30 more seconds on it, something the NFL acknowledged afterwards.
“I should have done a better job in that situation of making sure the clock was right,” Garrett said. “Obviously there is an assumption that we make that they’ll handle the mechanics of the game the right way. But I should have and our staff should have been on top of that.”