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Jason Garrett: Cowboys' quarterback position up for evaluation

ARLINGTON, Texas – Jason Garrett was succinct when asked if he will reevaluate who will be the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys’ next game on Oct. 25 against the New York Giants.

“Yes,” Garrett said.

The Cowboys failed to score a touchdown in a game for the first time since Week 3 of the 2011 season, when they beat the Washington Redskins on six Dan Bailey field goals. The Cowboys also put up season lows in yards (264) and first downs (18) in Sunday's 30-6 loss to the New England Patriots.

Weeden completed 26 of 39 passes for 188 yards. He was intercepted once and sacked three times.

“Brandon didn’t play well enough,” Garrett said. “We didn’t play well enough. We’re going to watch the tape and evaluate each guy and each unit to see how we can play better. That’s just the process we go through each week. Ultimately, we didn’t score enough points. Brandon was a part of that, but everybody else was a part of it too.”

The Cowboys do not play again until Oct. 25. They will practice Wednesday and Thursday and then be off through the weekend.

Matt Cassel served as Weeden’s backup against the Patriots after being inactive in his first two games since a trade from the Buffalo Bills.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he believed Cassel would be ready if the team turned to him but added, “I think we’re a long way from being able to decide to do that. I don’t in any way want to imply that we will consider that or do that.”

But Jones also acknowledged the Cowboys have time before they start preparing for the Giants.

The offensive issues are not Weeden’s alone, but the quarterback is forced to accept the bulk of the blame in a three-game losing streak, as much as he would get the bulk of the credit for a three-game win streak.

“It sucks, to be honest, but you can't control that,” Weeden said. “I can only control going out there and executing. I don’t know. It's frustrating. Like I said, I feel like I came in against Philly, I was prepared, I was ready. I thought I played well against Atlanta. We just couldn't get it down offensively in the second half. [Against] New Orleans, I made a drive at the end of the game to give us a chance to win. We never got the ball back."

Weeden continued and lamented his typical bad luck.

“Norv Turner [Weeden's offensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns] told me a long time ago when we were sitting in the quarterback meeting, he said, ‘Brandon, I don't know what you have done to whoever, but you've got the worst luck of any player I have been around.’ I have, ever since I was a little kid. I don't know what I did. But it is what it is. I'm never going to lose confidence in my ability. I wouldn't be here and put in this position if I couldn't play this position.”