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October 03, 2013

Bruce Carter says he was 'all over the place' against Chargers, played bad technique and lost focus

Bruce Carter used plain language to describe his game against the Chargers last week.

“I would say it’s one of the worst games I’ve had since I was a Cowboy,” he said. “I just wasn’t focused. I didn’t come out with a lot of spark. That’s just something I have to learn from and move on.”

The third-year linebacker, who got burned for two touchdowns by running back Danny Woodhead, said it wasn’t a matter of having or not having confidence. He said it was about losing focus.

“I was just all over the place, and I kind of didn’t read my keys like I should have, and I didn’t zone in and focus,” he said.

He said he got frustrated covering a player as fast as Woodhead, but that he has to do a better job of “carrying” the receiver on his route.

“It was a zone coverage, but I just have to get my angle right coming out,” Carter said. “It’s more of a technique thing. It’s something that you just have to work in practice and just be focused in and be tuned into your man and have man eyes and be keyed in the whole time.”

After getting pulled last week and then splitting reps with backup Ernie Sims this week, Carter said he can read the writing on the wall about who will be starting on Sunday against Denver.

“It’s frustrating. I definitely want to play,” he said. “I don’t take nothing away from him. Ernie is my guy. I love him like a brother. I want to go out there just as much as he does, but if they feel like, I don’t know, it’s out of my hands. I’ll say that.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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