New York Giants defenseive end Justin Tuck had a few simple words in response to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for telling his fans that they’re going to kick the Giants as*** this season.
Tuck told the media on Wednesday, “talk is cheap, play the game”
The Giants and Tuck have been playing according to those words for the past few seasons and because of it they’ve been able to come away with two Super Bowl wins. Maybe Jones needs to do less talking and make better personnel moves.
Strahan believes Eli still doesn’t get enough respect after winning two Super Bowl’s.
“I look at Eli and I think he’s the only two-time-winning quarterback in the league who probably gets less respect than anybody else,” Strahan said. “And I think maybe it’s his demeanor, maybe it’s just the way he goes about his business where he’s not showy, and it’s doesn’t look fancy — and it’s not extravagant-looking.”
Strahan also said that this is ”not the same Eli” that he saw earlier in his career now that he’s found some confidence in himself.
New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett told Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger that he really likes playing with Eli Manning because he doesn’t show favoritism when throwing the football, like most quarterbacks do.
“Just his approach. I mean, he’s just looking for the open guy. It doesn’t matter who it is or what number you are,” said Bennett. ”If you’re open, he’s going to hit you. You have to be ready. That’s what makes it so fun playing in this offense because anytime you beat your guy, you know you could get the ball.”
“Yeah, every quarterback has one or two guys they go to on most teams,” Bennett said. ”But here, it’s not really like that.”
I would think that Bennett is referring to Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, since it’s been obvious that his favorite target has been tight end Jason Witten.
New York Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty told ESPN’s SportsNation, (via the Dallas Morning News) that the Dallas Cowboys haven’t been able to have as much success as the Giants because quarterback Tony Romo simply hasn’t performed well during crunch time.
“Romo’s a tremendous quarterback, statistically he’s a top five quarterback, that’s undeniable,” Canty said. “At the end of the day, in the clutch situations, he hasn’t performed as well as you would like him to. I think ultimately, that’s been the difference between their franchise and the Giants ability to be successful.”
Canty was asked if he feels as if he can force Romo into making some mistakes.
“Absolutely. Absolutely,” Canty responded. “Obviously, when you put pressure on any quarterback you can cause mistakes. I think Romo has been prone to make mistakes in the clutch situations and his team has not been able to be successful because of it.”
I completely agree with Canty’s assessment of Romo, he puts up great numbers but seems to crumble when the game is on the line.
Merritt said that Witten told him that the Cowboys don’t even bother throwing the ball in safety Kenny Phillips’ direction.
“Witten told me when I went to the Pro Bowl two years ago when Antrel invited me, Witten said, when 21′s in the post, we don’t even throw anything deep because we know he can go and get it.” Merritt said, ‘But if I see anybody else back there, (Tony) Romo knows, we’re going deep.’
“That’s comforting for me to hear.”
Even though Phillips under went microfracture surgery on his knee in 2009, he’s been one of the most underrated safety’s in the NFL. He possesses excellent sideline to sideline speed and can come up and play the run as well.
During an interview with NBC Sports Talk, Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware was asked what the Cowboys need to do in order to win a Super Bowl. I want to caution all Cowboys fans that you may not like what he had to say.
“I really don’t like to talk about the Giants, but their team camaraderie, where they had the adversity right at the beginning, and then all of a sudden, it really kicked in,” Ware said. “The last maybe eight games, the blood sweat and tears really kicked in, the guys started feeling it and they had that swagger about themselves.”
Ware believes that in the end it has to do with the players and not the coaches.
“It’s not on the coaches at all, it’s all about the players,” Ware said. “It’s just being there for the man beside you.”
Ware is absolutely right, but the reason the Giants players came together is because of the leadership they have in the locker room and I don’t see any leadership in the Cowboys locker room.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr made an appearance on ESPN’s NFL Live and was asked how he plans on stopping New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz this coming season.
“I want to use all my body. I’m six-foot, 200 pounds. I know he’s got to run through me to get wherever he’s running, so I’m going to be patient at the line. All that salsa dancing, that’s fine, but you’ve got to come through me,” Carr said.
“I don’t plan on seeing no dancing.”
It’s nice to see how confident Carr is but at the end of the day he’s going to have to line up across from Cruz and prove that he can shut him down.