Many times in the past they have had signature victories only to follow them up with disappointing losses.
This time, the Cowboys say they are for real. It's based on the
confidence inside the locker room. It's based on the performances on the
The Cowboys have the most explosive offense in the league.
Quarterback Tony Romo is playing as well as any quarterback in the
league, including Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Receiver Terrell Owens
is a beast again. And running back Marion Barber is proving to be one of
the league's top running backs.
Add that to a solid offensive line and a defense that is getting
better and healthier with each passing game and the Cowboys believe they
have what it takes to go all the way.
At 3-0, the Cowboys could easily be 5-0 heading into a showdown with
the New England Patriots. They have the winless Rams and the winless
Bills up the next two weeks.
But the key, according to coach Wade Phillips, is staying focused.
"We haven't accomplished anything except three games," Phillips said.
"That's important that we've done that, but we have a long ways to go. I
tell them to erase the last game no matter what. Just erase the last
game and go. Just give me the same thing that you had each game, as far
as preparation and the whole thing that I go over with them and what we
want. I try to get the same concentration."
It's Phillips' job to warn the Cowboys about staying focused and not
reading the press clippings. But he is confident this team will take
care of its business based on how they have played and acted so far this
"I told them today, when I knew we were going to win the game against
the Bears," Phillips said. "We got off the plane and two of the flight
attendants came up to me and separately said to me, 'What did y'all do
with those guys? They studied all the way on the plane.' That's when I
knew that they wanted to win the game. They were disciplined enough and
it was important enough to our players that they were studying on the
plane, getting ready to play. And that's what I told them, and that's
what I want them to do. I want them to be able to do it on their own. It
wasn't (like) we told them on the plane, 'All right, you guys have to do
this.' But as an example of, if you focus and concentrate, what you can
do. We've got to continue to do that. I'm trying to get them to do that
instead of saying, 'Hey, boy, we're successful. Season's over. Let's get
the parade going and all that.'"
'Boys are For Real
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