I have never been with a team that lost a player the day before a game, so I don’t have experience with those emotions. Traveling to Cincinnati on the team plane, it was a very quiet trip. The disbelief on the faces of my friends in the front office was clear, which was all I needed to see. I understood their pain.
The will of this team was no surprise to me because of the way that this season has gone. Player after player has been taken out of the lineup, but they continue to fight no matter who is playing nickel corner or starting at inside linebacker. Today was no different. The will to win was greater than the opportunity to quit. It would have been very easy for this team to pack things in after all that has happened the last two days, but they wouldn’t do it.
There is always criticism of the Cowboys for its leadership. There have been things that head coach Jason Garrett has done that I have not agreed with, mainly game management situations, but I don’t disagree with how he has handled this squad. To Garrett’s credit, he is fighting every step of the way and his players are doing the same thing.
I couldn’t begin to think what is going through cornerback
When I study the tape, I am sure that I will see
The film will show me so much more than what I saw from my press box seat at Paul Brown Stadium, but what my eyes did tell me was that this team refused to quit when they had every right to do so. Garrett, in his postgame press conference, spoke of how their teammate