Former NFL stars react to Cowboys loss
As expected, several NFL analysts were asked Monday morning for their opinion on the Cowboys' loss Sunday in Seattle. The 27-7 defeat at the hands of the Seahawks came after the Cowboys had 10 days to prepare following their Week 1 victory on Sept. 5.
A former quarterback said the Cowboys need to learn how to handle success, a former wide receiver said they looked like a team that was playing for the second time in five days, and a former linebacker said they were physically dominated all around.
Here are a few highlights from Monday's Mike & Mike in the Morning show on ESPN Radio.
Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and 1980 Pro Bowl selection Ron Jaworski:
"Obviously, they cannot handle success very well. Until they learn how to handle success, you're going to have an uneven football team. Jason Garrett has to get that ship righted."
Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver and eight-time Pro Bowl selection Cris Carter:
"Those 10 days, everybody's pumping air into the Cowboys' heads there in Texas, and Seattle is a very, very tough place to play. So it was going to be a knock-down, drag-out type of football game. But the way they didn't execute, especially initially in the game. Coming out with all of that time off, you would think that they would be a lot fresher. Mentally, they didn't look like they were. They looked like they had played two games in five days, compared to one game in 10 days."
Former New York Giants linebacker, 2008 Super Bowl champ and 2006 Pro Bowl selection Antonio Pierce:
"You can't come out flat. You see that every time a team goes up to Seattle, they struggle. You can't get so hyped and so ready to play the New York Giants in the opener and then come out flat against (the Seahawks). I think they got physically dominated up front on both sides of the ball, something that didn't happen the week before against the Giants, and that's what is so surprising.
"A lot of the blame (usually) goes to Tony Romo, but they let a rookie quarterback beat them. Rob Ryan's defense let a rookie quarterback go up and down the field and have a pretty good game competition-wise (Seattle QB Russell Wilson was 15-of-20 for 151 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions). Marshawn Lynch ran the ball very effective (Lynch had 122 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries).
"I'm shocked that the Cowboys came out flat, even though I think they'll bounce back. It's hard to win in Seattle."
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