ARLINGTON, Texas -- “There is no quit in this locker room.”
Those were the words of veteran Cleveland Browns tight end
“It’s tough; it’s very tough,” Watson said of the loss. “There’s a lot of disappointment in this locker room. There’s no quit in this locker room, but there’s definitely a lot of disappointment when you go through a week of preparation and you don’t get the ‘W’. Tomorrow, we’ll come in and break down the film. The Cowboys did a great job of hanging in there, like we did. They just made more plays in the end. That’s why they won.”
After leading for much of the game, the Browns trailed the Cowboys by a 17-14 count when quarterback Tony Romo completed a 28-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Dez Bryant with 6:46 left in the fourth quarter of play. On the ensuing possession, quarterback
The Cowboys had a first-and-10 at the Browns’ 18-yard line, but two plays later, Cleveland defensive end
Three Cowboys running plays and three Browns timeouts later, Cleveland forced a punt.
One play after the punt, Watson put the team back in front of the Cowboys, at 20-17, with a 17-yard touchdown reception from Weeden with 1:07 remaining in regulation.
“We put ourselves exactly where we wanted to be,” Weeden said. “We bounced back and we made up for the mistakes early on. At the end of the day, it just didn’t work out. The guys in this locker room continue to battle and I don’t know why we’re not getting it done late. That’s the frustrating part.
“Looking back on all of our games, we’ve lost our share, but we’ve been in every game. We’ve battled. You can’t look at this team and say they don’t play hard or don’t fight. We just haven’t been able to finish. We fight for four quarters. We’re on our way. I’m very optimistic about this football team. I’m very optimistic and very excited to be a part of it.”
While they were disappointed in the outcome, the Browns will get right back to work, review tape of Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys and then, begin the preparations for next week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
“At the end of the day, we just didn’t make enough plays to win,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said. “I thought our guys battled for the most part. I told the players, ‘Sometimes, this happens in life and you just get back to work and put all your energy and focus on beating the Pittsburgh Steelers.’”
DEVELOPING A RAPPORT
Watson caught four of the eight passes Weeden targeted him with on Sunday. He accounted for 47 yards and the team’s two touchdowns in the game. His 11.8 yards-per-reception average was second-best on the team, behind only wide receiver
“It was great to connect with him,” Watson said. “He threw some great balls in there. The first touchdown he threw was on the money. He allowed me to catch the ball and go down for the touchdown. He made some great reads as well, so it was great to kind of get that going.”
In Sunday’s game, Weeden completed 20 of 35 attempts (57.1 percent) for 210 yards with the two touchdowns to Watson and no interceptions. He carried a 93.8 quarterback rating, which was higher than his counterpart’s in Romo’s 93.2 mark.
However, despite the success, Weeden said he felt he could have done more for the team.
“I had to play well to give our team a chance and I did a couple nice things, but it’s hard to look at those things, get excited when you lose,” Weeden said. “Nothing can replace winning. I’m so critical and so focused and bought into this team that I’ve got to find a way. There’s definitely things I did to make this team better. There’s definitely things that I missed and could do better. We’ve all got to do one more thing. That definitely includes (me).”
Following the loss, Shurmur gave the media updates of several injured players.“