“We talked about the miscommunication on the one interception, and there were some other opportunities that he had, a third-down conversion for a possible first down that he didn't catch on the slant, and then a play down the field,” Garrett said.
“But Dez was not the only one who had those kinds of plays. It was a little bit throughout our team, and we've just got to make sure we clean those things up.”
The most talked-about error was the misunderstanding with quarterback Tony Romo on a Bears' blitz adjustment that resulted in a second-quarter interception return for a touchdown that put the Cowboys down 10-0.
On the sideline afterward, Bryant impressed Garrett by calmly going over the play with Romo and trying to correct the problem.
“Dez is a guy who is learning the game, is understanding things,” Garrett said. “I thought the communication was really good in responding to what happened on that particular play.”
Garrett said he told Bryant to trust his training in those kinds of situations.
“Just be true to what you see initially,” Garrett said. “He was an off-cover guy who squatted down a little bit. He just has to be true to what the initial read is because the quarterback has to get the ball out of his hand.”
Bryant got criticism after the game for the uneven performance and being outshined by Chicago's Brandon Marshall. Tuesday, Bryant trended on Yahoo!, and his inconsistency was the subject of the syndicated CBS Radio Sports Minute.
Sitting at his locker Wednesday, Bryant shook his head just a tiny bit and smiled. He seemed to understand.
“I'm going to get better,” he said.
He has to, if he's not going anywhere.
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