SRI continues to work in new writers. This post is courtesy of Tim Gunter from 790 the Zone in Atlanta. Are the Dallas Cowboys going to better or worse without Terrell Owens this season? That is the question that Cowboys fan and haters would like to know. Let’s face it Terrell Owens is a Hall of Fame receiver and demands double teams. No one on the current Cowboys receiving core does. Roy Williams, Patrick Crayon, Sam Hurd, Kevin Ogletree and Miles Austin doesn’t exactly sound like a squad that will drive defensive coordinators crazy. One thing that they have going for them is that they have quality players at every offensive position which will lead to a more evenly distributed offense. In the receiving core, Patrick Crayton has proven to be an efficient possession receiver, but even if he improves significantly on his 2008 numbers of 550 yards receiving and four touchdowns, he won’t exactly be making defensive coordinators toss and turn the night before games. Jason Witten is a great option at tight end, one of the best in the league, but without TO there, he is going to be getting more attention than ever. This year, it will be incumbent on each member of the Cowboy’s receiving core to create for themselves if they are to be better than they were last year.
Patrick Crayton joined ESPN Radio Dallas with Michael Irvin to talk about the 34-21 win against the Buccaneers, his 80 yard touchdown reception and 135 yards receiving, thoughts on the Giants running game and how it will be defended, on how prepared he is for this week’s Giants game, and whether this team is better suited than last year’s team.
On how he feels he played personally against the Buccaneers:
“I am cool with it. Obviously there has been improvement. There was times where I think for the most part, myself personally and the rest this receiving core I think did our job well as far as blocking. That’s our number one interest because we know we have to get the run game going first so the pass game can be open and I think for the most part I think we handled them pretty well yesterday. Every running back touched the ball. I think we rushed the ball for 120: I think it was as a team, maybe 130.”
On what the Cowboys will expect to do against the Giants running game and whether they expect to stop it:
“You know what? I don’t think you can stop the running game completely, but it’s definitely going to have to be limited. I think you are going to have to make Jacobs run east and west. He is a north-south runner, but he is very vulnerable running east and west because he can’t square those shoulders up. So I think that is one thing. Coach Wade is going to always come up with an excellent gameplan to be able to minimize Mr. Jacobs over there. It’s going to be up to our defense to go out there and execute. I am not going to anticipate too many problems. I think as an offense we are going to have to try and control the ball a little bit more to keep that offense off of the field.”
On how prepared he is for the Giants game Sunday night:
“You know what? We are going to have to bring the fight to them. They are coming into our house and they are going to try and spoil the home opener in the new stadium. We are definitely going to have to set the tone early. Whether we are going to have to take a ‘Santana Moss 15-yarder’ or whatever sets the tone at the time. It’s not going to be no easy way, but regardless, we are going to have to do it.”
On whether this team is better-suited to play this game last year:
“I don’t know if you are better suited, but I just think our mindset is a lot different this year. We don’t have all the hype. We don’t have to go in and say: ‘They are going to win that game. They are at home. We are going to be the only show on TV Sunday night number one’. I think now, we don’t have to worry about us being already crowned Super Bowl champs and NFC East champs. We can just go out here and play football. The best man wins.”