Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he did not consider benching right tackle Doug Free in Sunday night’s game against the Eagles.
“No. Just keep battling in there,” Garrett said, asked if the team considered replacing Free after halftime. Free gave up a sack and a half, had a holding penalty and had another holding penalty negated by offsetting penalties as he struggled with Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham.
“Doug’s been a good player for us,” Garrett said. “The strength of their defense is those defensive ends. They can really rush the passer. They get in those ‘Wide-9’ techniques and really come after the passer and they present some problems. Doug just has to keep battling. I thought as the game wore on, he played better.”
Garrett said the Cowboys as a unit protected better in the second half. Quarterback Tony Romo did not throw an incompletion in the second half.
“I thought our line battled as the game wore on,” Garrett said. “In protection, I thought the run blocking was fairly consistent throughout, and over time, you wear them down a little bit. But it’s a very good defensive front. They put a lot of different pressure on you. Those guys did a good job up front. Tony was very efficient.”
-- Carlos Mendez