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September 19, 2012

Garrett says if Bryant had had a better day, Seattle game would have looked different -- but it's all relative

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said if Dez Bryant had been able to finish a couple of catches, the Seattle game would have looked different.

“Dez was open on a couple situations where we weren’t able to get him the ball, open on a couple situations where he didn’t finish the play himself,” Garrett said at his Wednesday press conference at Valley Ranch. “So I think if we convert on a few of those things, I think we look at his game a little differently against Seattle.”

Bryant was targeted seven times against the Seahawks but dropped two passes and caught three for 17 yards.

He dropped a potential catch on first-and-10 from the Seattle 24 on the Cowboys’ second drive that would have put the ball inside the 15 with the Cowboys down 10-0. On the next play, quarterback Tony Romo was intercepted.

Garrett said it was a tough day for Bryant, but the Cowboys will keep looking for him.

“Dez is like everyone else. You just have to keep playing him through the tough parts of a ballgame and over the stretch of ballgames,” Garrett said. “We’ve got to come back this week. He’s certainly a big part of what we’re doing. Defensive teams we go against certainly know where 88 is, and we certainly do, too. We’re going to try get him going, and he’s certainly got a big part in that as well.”

Garrett was asked if he expects more of Bryant, who has seven catches for 102 yards and no touchdowns through two games. Garrett said it’s all relative.

“Well, we have a kind of offense that we can stand up here after every game and – trust me, this Seattle game isn’t a great example – but you can stand up here after the Giants game and say, ‘Where was this guy? Witten only caught two balls. Well, Ogletree caught eight.’ So we believe in our offensive football team, and we believe you have to be able to use all the weapons at our disposal and attack different ways.

“You can find something bad in our offense every week. Dez catches 10, what happened to Ogletree? That’s a philosophy you can take, but our philosophy is everyone has a role, and everyone can do their job to the best of their ability. The quarterbacks throws to the right guy, and let’s keep going on. Whoever the right guy to make the play at the time, he’s got to make the play.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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