Dallas Cowboys LB Ernie Sims: ‘I’m sick of hearing about Peyton Manning’ - DMN
"Manning, Manning, Manning." For at least one player, that's getting a bit repetetive.
"I’m sick of hearing about Peyton Manning," said Sims. "We just got to go out there and do what we’ve got to do."
"You hear it all the time when a guy walks into the locker room: ‘Peyton Manning threw for four touchdowns, this and that,’" Sims said. "Yeah, he’s a great player. You can’t take that away from him. But at the end of the day, we’re all competitors. And me being a competitor, I don’t like that. I am ready to play football."
Romo says Cowboys are working on things to get Dez some deep balls, and he's not shy about throwing them - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
Tony Romo says that as soon as a chance presents itself to go deep, he'll go deep. It's just that opposing defenses are taking those chances away at the moment.
"Believe me, if there are shots down the field, I’ve never been accused of not taking them," he said Thursday at Valley Ranch in his weekly visit with reporters. "I think more than anything, you’re just going to go through the progressions and see what the defense is giving you."
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant confident in big plays vs. double coverage - Tim MacMahon, ESPN Dallas
Bryant is brimming with confidence.
"I’ll say this, I’m very confident in anything that I’m doing," Bryant said. "I feel that I can do whatever. If that’s what was called -- ‘Let’s get it down to Dez’ -- OK. If it wasn’t, I’m fine, either way. I’m confident in whatever I have to do to help the team."
Romo needs to take more chances to beat Denver - Matt Mosely, FSSouthwest
"Deep balls, deep balls, deep balls." If the players are tired of the constant talk about Manning, shouldn't fans be tired of the constant clamoring for the deep ball? Advocating for Romo to pull a Rex Grossman regardless of the coverage is probably not the way forward.
Tony Romo calls out Broncos' secondary for rough play - USA Today
Romo said the Broncos aren't getting called enough for the pass interference and defensive holding that they do:
"They grab, they hold, they've almost put a lot of pressure on the refs – whether or not they're going to call the game close or not," Romo said on a conference call with reporters in Denver. "If they get called once or twice, that's a good thing. But they're all over guys as far as using the little tricks, I guess you could say, that good linebackers and good secondaries use when they're playing man coverage."
Bob Sturm's Film Room - "13" Personnel and Where Are My Safeties?!?
Sturm delivers another epic breakdown. This time he looks at the 13 personnel and wonders why the Cowboys aren't using it more, and follows that with a look at the safety play.
Defenses trying to take out Jason Witten - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Jason Witten said yesterday that linebackers and safeties are trying to take him out of the game.
"Yeah, there [was] some coverage," Witten said. "They were doing [it] and different stuff with it. You got to fight through it and work yourself through it and find ways to make those plays."
Dallas Cowboys making switch at linebacker? - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Ernie Sims said that his name is at the top of the depth chart as a starter, so he expects to start in place of Bruce Carter at weakside linebacker on Sunday.
Bruce Carter says he was 'all over the place' against Chargers, played bad technique and lost focus - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
Carter said on Thursday that he played one of the worst games since he's been a Cowboy.
"I just wasn’t focused. I didn’t come out with a lot of spark. That’s just something I have to learn from and move on. I was just all over the place, and I kind of didn’t read my keys like I should have, and I didn’t zone in and focus."
Terrance Williams says from now on, he's hitting the ground once he gets his yardage - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
When they talk about the learning curve of rookies in the NFL, this is what they are talking about.
Jon Beason trade: Panthers and Giants work on deal - SBNation.com
Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason could be on his way to the New York Giants if the teams can complete progressing trade negotiations, per a report.
How the Eagles Are Still In the Playoff Race - Fanspeak's NFC East Blog
An amusing if largely delusional look at the why the Eagles supposedly aren't out of the playoff hunt just yet.
Washington Redskins' safety position in flux - roanoke.com
The Redskins have cycled through four safeties in four games this season, having received varying levels of production from each of them.