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An unhappy Garrett says there is no excuse for the Cowboys’ woeful play

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was not happy with his team’s turnover-prone and sloppy performance in 17-7 loss to the the San Diego Chargers in an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 in San Diego.
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was not happy with his team’s turnover-prone and sloppy performance in 17-7 loss to the the San Diego Chargers in an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 in San Diego. AP

. You may say it’s just the preseason and it’s a meaningless game.

You may say, it didn’t matter and wasn’t a good judge because so many starters were out.

But you are not Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, who was down right livid about his team’s dismal performance in the 23-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

“It wasn’t very good on offense, it wasn’t very good on defense it wasn’t very good kicking game,” Garrett said. “It wasn’t good early, middle or late. It was a very good performance at all.”

Garrett refused to blame the offensive problems on the absence of three starters on the offense line and receiver Dez Bryant. It didn’t help that quarterback Tony Romo and tight end Jason Witten played just one series.

“No excuses. We’re going to evaluate the game,” Garrett said. “We’re going to evaluate the guys who played in the game and from my vantage point, we didn’t play very well. We’ll watch the tape and try to find some of the positive things and build on those and address the negative things. When you’re out there you have a responsibility to play to a certain level. Period. The standard we set is high and we’re looking for guys to play to that standard. We didn’t get enough of that tonight.”

The Cowboys gave up four sacks, had three interceptions, had a punt blocked and didn’t run the ball well. Darren McFadden had three carries for 4 yards while Joseph Randle added seven carries for 30 yards.

“We didn’t run the ball very well, obviously,” Garrett said. “First series wasn’t very good. Second, third and fourth series weren’t very good. Obviously, we were trying to control the line of scrimmage and didn’t do a very good job of that. It’s hard for me to make specific assessments, I have a bad angle on the sideline, but we obviously weren’t successful running the football, moving the football, making first down. We turned the ball over on offense, we didn’t get any takeaways. Got a punt blocked. Weren’t consistent in our execution in any of the three phases. Just really didn’t play well.”

Garrett said it’s very important the Cowboys have a good week of practice before they take the field for their next preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings Aug. 29 at AT&T Stadium.

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