Witten Praises Garrett; Still Faults Execution, Not Approach

IRVING, Texas – Most Cowboys players have pointed to poor execution as the cause for an offense that's failed to put up more points than 30 other teams this year.

After the offense committed five turnovers Monday night, tight end Jason Witten still insists the primary issue is execution, rather than a lack of preparation or the correct approach.

"I know people look for a different answer, but the teams that are able to do that, those are the ones that are able to compete for championships and have success," Witten said. "That's what we have to do. The details matter."

Witten said the talent of the players on offense isn't the issue. He said the problem is a couple of plays or penalties that are changing games, rather than the personnel or the coaching from Jason Garrett and the coordinators.

"Jason's been great," Witten said. "The wins haven't shown it, but Jason's a great coach. I can't speak more highly about any coach I've had. He does a tremendous job of laying it out there and giving you the game plan to go succeed. He understands the adjustments and all that goes in. He's doing a phenomenal job. We've just got to play better."

The Cowboys offense hasn't found a rhythm since the Giants game in the opener, scoring a total of 41 points their last three contests, with some of that coming in the waning moments of games that had already been decided.

Witten said the best teams aren't the ones who change their approach, but the ones who figure out how to correct the mistakes they've made. The Cowboys did that last week, limiting their penalties from 13 to two, but they couldn't take care of the ball.

Eventually, he knows the results must change, as a new issue seems to arise every week. But he insisted changing the approach isn't the answer. Despite the errors on offense, the Cowboys sit at 2-2, holding the same record as the Giants and Redskins in the NFC East.

"We talk so much about the Giants, they were 7-7, they shook it off, said, 'We're going to fix it,' and they went and won a Super Bowl," Witten said. "It's not that simple, but that's what you have to do."

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