Heading into week 3 of 2009 there seems to be a lot going on with the Cowboys. They are trying to put the loss to the Giants behind them and get ready for the Carolina Panthers.
All signs lead us to believe that Marion Barber will play on Monday night against the Panthers. Barber took part in Cowboys practice on Wednesday and is likely practice again on Thursday.
“I’m good . . . I’m good today,” Barber said during Wednesday’s open locker room period. “If I’m good today, I’ll be good tomorrow and I’ll be good for Monday.”
“Just like a bad cramp,” Barber said. “I’ve felt it before. It’s happened to me before. It’s sore. It felt real similar. But I’m treating it like I should. I’m feeling good.”
The next Choice
If Marion Barber is not ready to play Monday night, than Tashard Choice is ready to take his spot in the lineup and make things happen like he did last season.
“We don’t know if he’s playing or not,” Choice said of Barber. “Nobody knows yet. My mindframe now is to make sure I know everything on offense and make sure I’m ready.”
“When I get in, I’m going to roll,” Choice said. “Every opportunity I get this year man, I’ll try to make the most of it.”
Support for Romo
As Tony Romo took full responsibility for the loss to the Giants on Sunday. It was good to see that his teammates showed support for him. Now you can add owner Jerry Jones to that support club.
“We have all the confidence in the world in Tony Romo”
“You’d like for him not to have a day like that,” Jones told KRLD-FM in Dallas-Fort Worth, “but when everybody is pointing fingers, when it didn’t go good, then you want someone who can walk into that huddle in the next snap at practice, the next snap in the ballgame and walk out there and cut and shoot and play like they just won the Super Bowl. That’s a great quarterback.”
“(Quarterback) is certainly a physical position, and you’ve got to have the physical skills, but, at the end of the day, it’s got to be someone that has a tough skin, that’s got a high level of willpower,” Jones said. “Someone that can say, ‘Look, I didn’t play well that play, that game,’ and come back and play outstanding. … The greatest of them all had many days as rough as Tony had Sunday.”
Former Players speak out
Once again this week some former Cowboys are speaking out about Tony Romo. First it was Troy Aikman who said Romo needs to play smarter. Although Aikman may have a point, maybe he needs to pick up the phone and call Romo and speak to him about things. Support him that way instead of speaking out about him.
“There are some throws you shouldn’t attempt to make, when you are playing certain teams,” Aikman said. “We’ve seen him try and do that from time to time. When you play a team like the Giants, who match up pretty evenly talent wise, you have to be smart about those throws…. When the games are close, you have to be smart with the football, and that has been a problem with Tony.”
Than it was Tony Dorsett who also spoke out. Again, it might be nice to give Romo a call and speak with him. They are all part of the Dallas Cowboys family and when players present and former need a hand why not reach out to them.
“I don’t know why on God’s Earth Tony Romo has been anointed a superstar in the National Football League,” Dorsett told Fox Sports Radio. “Tony is very young in his career. Not to say you can’t be young in your career and be a superstar because you’ve got one up there in Minnesota in Adrian Peterson.
“But the thing is this: You have a guy who hasn’t done much, and quarterbacks in the NFL, most of them go through this growing curve. He hasn’t gone through that growing curve, but he was anointed this great player all of a sudden. Now he’s having to live up to that. And obviously Tony has some deficiencies.
“But he’s a good player who’s still learning how to play in the NFL, and I think the media has given him too much credit for doing nothing. He hasn’t done anything really in the NFL to deserve all the recognition and visibility he’s gotten so far.”
Flozell Adams has been fined $12,500 for tripping Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora during Sunday’s game. Adams was also fined $5,000 for an unnecessary roughness penalty in week 1 against Tampa Bay. The war of words has started between Tuck and Adams which should make the December 6th meeting very interesting.
Tuck called the trip by Adams…
“bush league play”
Adams fired back…
“From a supposed kick? Tell him to stay up. It ain’t my fault.”
Tuck than fired back…
“Normally, people go to the Pro Bowl for blocking people, not tripping people. So maybe he should keep his feet on the ground,” Tuck said. “We’re not going to get into a war of words here, we are going to let it be what it is, and I’ll see Flozell when we play them again”.
A few words from Wade Phillips
Coach Wade Phillips supported his secondary that was torched for over 300 yards against the Giants. He also showed support for Tony Romo.
“Yeah,” Phillips said. “We’ve got two real young ones. You don’t see the things they do well and you don’t want to talk about those because we lost.”
“Techinique-wise they did some things we asked them to do,” Phillips said. “It wasn’t every play that they got beat. A lot of plays they took away what we wanted to take away”.
“I see some talent there. We’ve got to reign it in.”
“Every player made mistakes in the game,” Phillips said. “When he makes one, everyone sees it. And they are important to him. It is important to him. That’s the key thing. It’s very important to him, and he’s going to try to do something about it.”
Wow!!! So much going on and we are not even through week 3 yet. I think we will see just how close this team is come Monday night against the Panthers. I’m hoping to see a team that is determined to play better and put together a complete game.