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September 17, 2012

Witten says Cowboys' got their butts beat, must respond by playing "winning football"

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said today that players have a simple reality to absorb _ and correct _ in seeking to rebound from Sunday’s 27-7 loss to Seattle.

“We got our ass beat,” Witten said. “That’s where our focus is, how we bounce back from that.”

In discussions with reporters, Witten added:  “I think it should be clear to you guys that it’s not about, ‘Were they (Cowboys’ teammates) up? Were they not?’ … We’re worried about executing and winning ballgames. You got to execute. You got to play winning football. We didn’t do it.”

Asked how shocking it was that the Cowboys were whipped in all three phases of the game by Seattle when Dallas had 11 days to prepare for the contest, Witten said: “From a preparation standpoint and 11 days, I think we were prepared to play. We didn’t execute. It is shocking from the standpoint of we didn’t play well enough to win ... Offensively, I think we didn’t do a good enough job early on to change the pace of that game.”

As a result, the Cowboys are 1-1 after two road games: a victory over the world champs in New York, followed by a loss in Seattle to a team that did not make the playoffs last season. As things stand, the Cowboys are showing similar signs of inconsistency to last season, when they finished 8-8.

Are they headed toward a repeat in 2012?

“Hey, look, I’m not here to convince y’all or anybody else what this football team is going to be,” Witten said. “I believe we got the guys that are going to do it. Ultimately, we laid an egg ... And you don’t start the season off and bounce around. We’re not worried about that. We’re worried about executing and winning ballgames. That’s where the focus is for us.”

_ Jimmy Burch

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