Strength in numbers: Dan Quinn says “a lot of confidence” goes into Cowboys’ defensive success – Michael Gehlken, DMN
Dan Quinn doesn’t mind playing with a lot of people for some important defensive shots, showing Dallas has depth this year.
The number was 29 in the first three games.
Last Sunday, Cowboys rookie defensive tackle Austin Faoliu played 10 defensive snaps against the Carolina Panthers, pushing the number to 30. Thirty different players have taken at least one defensive snap for the Cowboys in their first four games.
Safety Darian Thompson, absent since a Week 1 hamstring injury, is seated at one point. Cornerbacks Trevon Diggs and Anthony Brown share the lead at 175.
âI think it’s really important because it takes a lot of confidence,â said defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
The Cowboys have taken a group-focused defensive approach. The quality contribution from top to bottom, including a promising rookie class, was a matter of pride in Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
“I hope the players feel how much we believe in them,” Quinn said. âThere is a lot to be gained when you face so many players so early. I can’t think back to a time this early in the season when we faced so many players so early, and I’m absolutely delighted because there is more to come.
Stephen Jones on Cowboys’ defensive depth: “You can’t have enough good football players” – Staff, DMN
If Dan Quinn is playing all of these guys, someone must be out looking for them. The Cowboys front office is responsible.
When was the last time you felt so good defending the Cowboys?
Stephen Jones: “I think when we [Mike Zimmer] we had the No. 1 defense in the league. And of course, Bill [Parcells] was our head coach there with Sean [Payton] and I thought we had really good balanced teams during this race. I really felt like we had a team that could win. We were obviously young with Tony [Romo] at quarterback and he was just getting started. It reminds me of some of those great defenses we had when Mike Zimmer was our defensive coordinator.
Will it be difficult for players like Neville Gallimore and Donovan Wilson to step in given that their replacements are doing so well?
Jones: âYou can’t have enough good football players these days. It’s a long season and all of these things tend to always work out on their own. We certainly feel good on our list now. We have good players who will join us as the season progresses. But, unfortunately in our game, and that goes for all 32, you’re going to get injuries along the way. And it’s nice to know that we have some depth, not only on the 53, but on some of our reserve lists but on different lists that will come back to join us. These things always work on their own.
âI saw pain on his face. Dallas Cowboys QB brother Dak Prescott with ankle injury – Clarence Hill, Star Telegram
Everyone’s talking about Dak Prescott’s injury last year considering this week’s opponent and the week of the season. But Prescott is done talking about it.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott doesn’t want to participate in this conversation. He has no interest in reliving the memory that has been circling around in his head for months. But it’s a moment he, his teammates and loved ones will never forget.
Not just because of what he’s been through, but how he’s endured it and how he’s overcome it to get to a point where he’s better now than before. Two surgeries and countless hours of rehab later, Prescott picked up where he left off. Sunday’s game against the New York Giants is 364 days from the date of the ankle injury. Coincidentally, or maybe not, Week 5 opponent and match location are the same as a year ago.
For the team, perhaps the biggest difference is that the Prescott Cowboys are 3-1 and sit atop the NFC East with an average offense of 31.5 points per game and a peddler defense. ready to welcome the Giants 1-3. back to AT&T stadium. But Sunday will be more than the game. This is an important milestone, which at least one person has somehow finished addressing.
The Cowboys legend speaks, the Giants take note.
Via SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano, the Cowboys Hall of Famer and Fox Senior Analyst Troy Aikman said on Tuesday that the Giants “are not in the Dallas class. âThe Giants are aware of his sighting.
“It’s everywhere,” an anonymous player told Vacchiano.
Coach Joe Judge scoffed at the possibility that Aikman’s comment had given players “scoreboard” material.
“To be honest with you, we don’t even have a scoreboard,” the judge said via Vacchiano. âIt’s all made up of screens and magnets and other things now. We are in the future now. We no longer have notice boards.
But since they exist in said future, they check (as the judge said) “Twitter and all that kind of spam so I’m sure they see stuff all the time.”
The judge then downplayed the possibility that Aikman’s remarks would have an impact.
âI don’t think we really need any external motivation to show up and do our job, to be honest with you,â Judge said. âI think you have to understand the magnitude of every game you play. If we need someone else to get us in the mood to play, I think we have other issues to work out.
Not exactly news, but more confirmation that Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper will play against the Giants.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, listed as questionable for Sunday’s game with a knee injury, is expected to play against the Giants, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Wide receiver Amari Cooper, questionable due to a hamstring injury, is also expected to play, the source said.
Elliott was limited to training to end the week but said on Wednesday he would be able to play.
The Cowboys weekly roster change.
The Cowboys bred tight end Jeremy Sprinkle and practice team fullback Nick Ralston as standard elevations ahead of Sunday’s game against the Giants.
Sprinkle was active for each of the first four games, and Ralston was active for the last two games.
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