After the Dallas Cowboys loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, many of the Dallas players expressed their emotions and displeasure of the games’ result to the media. One player in particular, defensive end DeMarcus Ware, vowed to never let it happen again.
“It never gets old when you still have that fire and you have that feeling inside of…Yeah, we made a mistake this time but it’s never going to happen again. You know people say never say never. But I feel like it’s never going to happen again…playing a game like that. It’s just the way I feel about it. “
Ware recorded just two tackles against the Chargers on Sunday. He has had four sacks in the last two games, setting the Cowboys all-time record for sacks last week against the St. Louis Rams. Ware suffered from two stingers in last week practice, but refused to blame those injuries for his lack of play.
“No. I didn’t have any neck problems today. I didn’t have any problems. Just didn’t play the game I needed to play.”
After the Cowboys scored 21 points in the second quarter, the Chargers appeared to go to more of a hurry-up offense. When asked if the Dallas defense was beaten simply due to the San Diego speeding up their offense, Ware gave a definitive answer.
“No it wasn’t. If it was that simple, we would know how to fix it. You can’t just pinpoint it on one thing or one person. You got to pinpoint on the team. Offensively, they played better than us. Defensively, they played better than us. On special teams they played better than us.”
The Chargers led the game in time of possession with 34:03 as opposed to the Cowboys 25:57. When asked if fatigue was a factor, Ware didn’t agree.
“I feel like we weren’t wearing down. There were some mistakes made by everyone. And we are going to clean it up this week.”
Charger quarterback Phillip Rivers burned the Cowboys defense for401 passing yards and three scores. He completed an amazing 35 of his 42 passing attempts. When asked about the Cowboys lack of pressure on Rivers…
“When you have a quarterback that’s effective like Phillip Rivers, getting off the ball really fast, it really doesn’t matter what the rush is doing.”
Ware did point out that it was their inability to stop the Chargers on third downs and/or creating longer third down attempts that was a key to San Diego’s dominating offensive performance. He ended the interview by addressing the key to River’s success and how Ware and his rush team need to improve.
“The quick game was key to him. But in key situations, when the quarterback is holding the ball, as a group, especially me being myself, we got to get to the quarterback a lot more effectively.”