Miles Austin, who has been nearly invisible this season, fielded questions about lack of productivity. He's trying to grind it out.
"I dropped a ball last week," Austin said. "I probably could have made a play on the nine [route] when Kyle threw it late in the game. Just not making some of the plays I could, and also at the end of the day, I'm going in, and I'm working hard, as hard as I can, and I'm going to continue to do that. You've just got to take it one play at a time."
With the Cowboys in the shocking and totally unforeseen position of needing to come up with cap space for the 2014 season, a lot of people are looking at the rather pathetic stat line for Austin (19 receptions, 179 yards, no touchdowns, no hammies able to survive a season) and figuring he is a prime candidate for trading or cutting. He is not dwelling on that, he claims.
Austin also said he hasn't thought about his future with the Cowboys.
"I live in the moment to be honest," Austin said. "I'm dealing with Friday. I've got to get a lift in in about 5-10 minutes. Take advantage of that lift and hopefully think about getting home after that."
"I feel the exact same way," Bryant said. "I'm a much better receiver than I was last year."
Why does he feel that way?
"My approach of the game, the understanding, reading coverages," Bryant said, "I can go on and on about how much better I am than last year."
He was pretty much just a fount of positive thinking.
With the Dallas Cowboys' defense struggling, wide receiver Dez Bryant was asked if the offense carry the team in the final three weeks of the season.
Bryant, the Cowboys' leader in catches (70) and yards (908), wasn't trying to be disrespectful to the defense, but is confident in the offense's abilities.
"In my honest opinion, I really believe that we can," Bryant said after Friday's practice.
Dallas comes into the game against the Green Bay Packers 5-1 at home. Overall, they are only 23-16 since Jerry Jones opened the venue formerly known as Cowboys Stadium, and Jones is understandably hopeful that they are starting a trend this season.
Bryan Broaddus takes a look at Demarcus Ware versus David Bakhtiari, plus Dez Bryant against Tramon Williams.
Our own Dawn Macelli gives her views of another interesting matchup.
I'm sure you've all heard the news about Sean Lee. Mike Fisher takes a deeper look into what injury he really suffers.
The Dallas Cowboys have ruled middle linebacker Sean Lee out for this weekend's game against the Packers, reports citing a "sprained ligament in his neck.'' But sources tell 105.3 The Fan that Lee may be undergoing treatment for a neuropraxia-type condition - in this case, nerve compression along the spinal cord.
Fisher is also critical of the way the team is handling things medically, and how they are providing the information about it.
#Cowboys say Lee's got a sprained ligament in neck? Why didn't that appear on his 1st clean MRI (as it shouldve)? Cripes.— mike fisher (@fishsports) December 13, 2013
.@frankgarza1972 nonsense. Media-at-large knows details abt Rodgers inj. He was forthcoming about ramp-up this week. NOTHING like VRanch— mike fisher (@fishsports) December 13, 2013
And for those of you who think this is just about a media type getting miffed about not being told things, Fisher is not that guy and this affects things like how other teams prepare.
A forgotten name, Jones was one of the replacement rushmen before being injured in September and undergoing sports hernia surgery in October. The team designated him as being able to return after being on IR, and he is back to hopefully help with the stretch run.
Broaddus also mentions something I think is going to be one of the most important factors for the Cowboys as they try to win out.
Since the Minnesota contest, this Cowboys offense has been an efficient unit when it comes to running the football. The questions of
DeMarco Murrayand his inability to find the hole because of his vision issues is now an afterthought.
This offensive line and group of tight ends have done a much better job at the point of attack, and Murray has rewarded them for their effort. Against this Packers front, I believe you can run the ball as well, but it is going to have to come more in the form of it going off the tackle than up inside.
The ground game, and the rediscovery of the fullback position with Tyler Clutts, may be the key.
Finally, here is a chance to see how the other guys see our favorite team. Warning: Not all rainbows and unicorns.