Monday, November 18, 2013
Cowboys shrug at Pierre-Paul's comments
By Tim MacMahon
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys responded to New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul's potential bulletin-board comments with a collective shrug.
Pierre-Paul’s colorful vow to “put it on” the Cowboys with a “lot of blood spilled” Sunday afternoon didn’t seem to raise any eyebrows at Valley Ranch.
“He’s supposed to feel that way,” Dallas receiver Dez Bryant said. “You’re an opponent. We’re an opponent for them. It’s great confidence.
“We’re just going to go out there and play our game. All we focus on is the way we prepare and get ready for games. We’re going to go out there and give it our all.”
Sounds like something head coach Jason Garrett would say, right? That’s not a coincidence. Bryant was simply repeating the company line, which he happens to believe.
Maybe Pierre-Paul’s inflammatory quote will end up on a bulletin board this week, but Garrett doesn’t want the Cowboys to get caught up in any sort of trash-talking back-and-forth, like the good ol’ days with Brandon Jacobs and Patrick Crayton trading barbs.
“We just have to focus on what we need to do,” Garrett said. “We have great respect for the Giants, their players, their coaches, their football team. We have to go up there and play our best football.”
The Cowboys certainly shouldn’t need any additional motivational fodder this week. The fact that they’re 5-5 and fighting for their playoff lives ought to provide all the proverbial fire they need.