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October 02, 2012

New safety Danny McCray says Cowboys had few busted coverages or missed assignments, but didn't maximize chances

Danny McCray, who got his turn as a starting safety, said there were few missed coverages or assignments Monday night against the Bears and that he was comfortable in his role, but that the defense failed to do anything with the chances it got to make plays.

“I would just say that their defense outplayed our defense tonight,” McCray said. “Tonight was a night that we didn’t bring everything to the table. We didn’t make the plays that we needed to and maximize the opportunities that we were given, and the score shows that.

“We had opportunities to make plays, and somehow, some way, we just weren’t making it. I should have had a pick. I somehow didn’t get that. We need to capitalize on opportunities that are given to us so we can be a better defense and help the offense.”

McCray said the Bears executed perfectly on their last touchdown, taking him and cornerback Brandon Carr out of coverage on a 31-yard scoring catch by Brandon Marshall.

“That was a nice scheme rub out,” McCray said. “They executed the play to the best of their ability, and they were able to get a touchdown out of it.

“I could see it was a rub route. Our corners are very physical, and they get their hands on the receivers. So it’s something offset that they line up in stacks and kind of get them in pick routes and pick situations, and they did a good job of doing that today.”

McCray said he felt good in his most extended defensive action since he has been with the Cowboys.

“Yeah, I was comfortable with the role I played tonight,” he said. “We didn’t really have blown coverages or missed assignments. We had a few missed tackles here or there. Overall, the execution and communication as far as the plays overall and the scheme went pretty well.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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