Cornerback Brandon Carr said the Cowboys don’t have average players, and they shouldn’t be playing this poorly on defense.
“There just comes a point where you just have to say, enough is enough, man,” he said after the Cowboys’ 49-17 loss to the Saints on Sunday night. “The players we have in this locker room, we all feel the same way. It’s going to take just the whole team, the belief that we are the players that we believe in our minds, and that’s got to translate on to the field.
“We got to make plays, man. We leave too many plays on the field. Woulda, coulda, shouldas and all those things.”
Carr said as professional athletes, the Cowboys need to be “a step ahead of the game at all times” but aren’t often enough.
“I feel like we’re just always off, always off balance on things, sometimes all three phases of the ball, but especially defense,” he said. “It’s tough.”
Carr was speaking in frustration, sometimes trailing off his sentences and taking a moment to recompose his thoughts.
“It’s frustrating,” he said. “We don’t have average players on this team. We know we have some guys that can make plays. There are special players on this team, and we’re not showing the capabilities that we have out there as a whole. It’s frustrating. At the same time, man, it’s all a learning process.”
The way forward is simple, Carr said.
“Got to get back to basics,” he said. “You learn from these games, yes. A game like this, you definitely have to learn from it, but at the same time, you have to flush it. You have to get it out of your system and start from the ground up again. The little things on our defense, the little things that we see on film, we have a week off to pretty much break down all six of the teams we have left, and three of them we know who they are – we play them twice a year.
“But we got to go back to basics, go back to Day 1, getting everybody on the same page.”
-- Carlos Mendez