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October 08, 2013

Cowboys' Jason Hatcher, sackless for two games, feels the effect of teams paying attention to him

After getting a sack in each of the first three games, Jason Hatcher has failed to reach the quarterback in the last two.

He figures teams have figured out he is one of the Cowboys’ best pass rushers.

“Yeah, it’s getting kind of frustrating,” he said Monday at Valley Ranch. “It’s tough when guys kind of find out who you are, what you can do. You get more double teams. But I got to find a way to put myself in a better situation so I can create one-on-ones and go out there and win them and get to the quarterback.”

Hatcher gave Peyton Manning credit for not holding the ball long, like Philip Rivers the week before.

But he said it doesn’t let the Cowboys defense off the hook for not getting sacks. They got to Rivers only once in San Diego.

“You know, teams did a good job of scheming us, double-teaming us, chipping us, stuff like that. But it’s no excuse,” Hatcher said. “I’m not making excuses at all. We got to go out there and get it done. We got to go out there and pressure the quarterback. I got to find a way to split the double team when they do it. I got to go out and affect the quarterback.

“That’s what they pay us to do. That’s what I got to do.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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