We had an opportunity to talk to Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback Tony Romo and head coach Jason Garrett.
And as you would expect, both come from the Lou Holtz media relations school when addressing an opponent. When asked about this week’s opponent, both gushed about the Seattle Seahawks like they were playing the 1986 Chicago Bears Super Bowl team.
“As soon as you start watching they kind of jump out at you with their aggressiveness and ability to run to the ball,” Romo said about Seattle’s defense. “They play to the whistle. Those guys actually play hard, tough. They’re a good football team.
“It doesn’t look like a 2-5 ball club when you watch the tape, I can tell you. It looks like that side of the ball is playing well. They kind of get after the other team consistently on tape, so really it’s pretty good test for us. We’re going to have to be ready to go.”
Garrett also said he was impressed with the aggressiveness Seattle played with defensively, and on offense he believes everything starts with Marshawn Lynch.
“Oh, I think they’re a good football team,” Garrett said. “I think they’ve played a number of very good games, beaten certainly a quality opponent that we know well, the New York Giants.
“And I think they’re a team defensively that plays very hard. They have a lot of good players – very good on the front, linebackers who make a lot of plays. And I think they have good cover guys and good safeties on the back end.
“They play a lot of different things on defense that we have to be prepared for, so there are challenges all over the place.
“Offensively, clearly their guy is Marshawn Lynch, who we think is an outstanding back, has been in this league for awhile. And plays the right way, and a guy we believe the offense revolves around, but having said that, they have weapons. They have a quarterback who can move around and make plays. Obviously Sidney Rice and other guys on the outside edge can make some plays as well.
“So we feel like there are a lot of good challenges on offense and defense, and then you throw Leon Washington into the mix as a returner, again we’ll be challenged there in special teams as well.”
On how his team is recovering from a disappointing loss on the road to Philadelphia, Garrett said they use the 24-hour rule, putting that game in the past after watching the film the next day and moving on to the next opponent.
“You’ve just got to kind of somehow process the game,” Garrett said. “You watch the tape, take a very academic and objective approach to what happened in the game, and 24 hours later you move on from it. And if you get caught in the past of games we won or games we lost, you’re not going to be at your best going forward.”