"I've already talked to Merriman about him and he got me all excited about playing for him," said [DeMarcus] Ware, who the Cowboys picked over Merriman in 2005. "He's going to utilize all of his talent and we've got a lot of talent for him to use. ... This is probably one of the greatest guys in the league that we could get."
"I'm excited to see what kind of impact he'll have on our team," Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said. "I think we should be able to pick up right where we left off. We've got a lot of talent, and there's no reason we should have to take a step back. I think (Phillips) is the kind of coach who can keep us at the level we've reached and get us to go further."
But John Clayton had my favorite quote; it came from a San Diego player:
That is the reason I've been backing Wade Phillips all along. The fact that he had won as a head coach and had improved teams everywhere he went were also key, but his aggressive 3-4 defense was what I wanted most. The Cowboys roster is stacked with potential on the defense, it just hasn't surfaced all the way yet.
Clayton also wrote this:
I'm going to write more about the new-look 3-4 defense we'll be running, but this has got to get any Cowboy fan excited.
That's about right, maybe a little more than I thought.
Now, we need a staff.