Davis Addresses Demotion

IRVING, Tex. - There isn't a lot about Dallas Cowboys guard Leonard Davis that isn't big.

He was a big free-agent signing in 2007. He gets big money ($49.6 million over seven years) from the team. He has a big heart (remember the story about him pulling a horse out of quicksand a few years ago?) … and, of course, he carries a reported 355 pounds on his 6-6 frame.

It also could be said that it takes a big man to stand in front of the media Monday and absorb the questions about what he called one of the worst performances of his life, a game in which he was pulled in favor of backup Montrae Holland (Davis returned when Holland suffered an eye injury).

"Obviously I'm mad," Davis said when asked about his emotions a day after what he said might have been the first time in his life that he was pulled from a game. "Obviously we wanted to win the game, and it didn't go the way we wanted to."

Davis took exception to the idea that he simply does not have the foot speed to handle the NFL's quicker defensive linemen.

"I've played against quick guys before and not had a problem," he said. "But if you don't play with the right technique, you're going to have a problem.

"It had nothing to do with those guys (Tennessee's defensive linemen) — it was all me."

Davis nobly took the heat for the performance that led to his removal from the Dallas lineup, but admitted that watching from the sideline was tough, and served provided the only reminder needed about the fact that he must play better.

"It was difficult, but I've seen it happen before with other teammates," he said of watching Holland play with the first-team offensive line. "I wasn't getting it done, so they put Montrae in. But it's nothing personal between me and the coaches, or even with him (Holland)."

When the locker room was opened to the media Monday, Davis said didn't think his age — Davis and tackle Marc Colombo are 32 years old, guard Kyle Kosier and center Andre Gurode are 31 and left tackle Doug Free is 26 — is catching up with him.

"We (the offensive line) talk about it as us being among the older guys on the team," he said. "We even joke about it — when you're younger, you can get two hours of sleep, and your body still goes out and you can do work. Now, you've got to get your sleep, to rest your mind as much as anything."

Davis said that as of Monday's mid-day media session, nothing had been said about Holland's health or whether Davis would regain the starting right guard job.

"It's just about focus and technique," he said when asked what it would take to get back in the starting lineup. "I'm just going to go prepare and get ready for the Vikings."

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