Press Conference: Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett

cowboysDallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett talks with reporters on Wednesday. The Cowboys (11-4) play the Washington Redskins (4-11) on Sunday.

 

On the plan for his starters on Sunday:

“We’re going to practice our guys this week and play our guys on Sunday.”

 

On the rationale behind playing his starters:

“There is something on the line. The outcome of our game matters in certain scenarios, and we just believe in practicing and playing and getting ready to go play in the playoffs. I think we’ve played well the last month or so and are excited about this opportunity against the Redskins on Sunday.”

 

On running back DeMarco Murray’s performance with a broken hand:

“I thought he was nothing short of remarkable, in my opinion. I thought it was the best game he played all year. Obviously the statistics aren’t gaudy like they’ve been at different times this year, but his determination to play from immediately after the Philadelphia game to on the plane ride home, the next morning, the next night after the surgery, unwavering. The number of times he told me, ‘Coach, I’m playing,’ and the effect of that on a football team is really, really positive. He never hesitated in any way. He always had a very determined way about him. He started practicing on Thursday, got good work in on Thursday and Friday and played in the ballgame. Not only did he run the football, but he protected and did a lot of other things that a running back has to do and, again, didn’t waver once. No hesitation, and I think its impact was far-reaching.”

 

On facing quarterback Robert Griffin III:

“I thought they played a very good game as a team, obviously, last week against the Eagles. We understand how challenging they can be to play against. I thought they did an outstanding job – offense, defense and in the kicking game – and he certainly was a part of it. They ran the ball effectively, the play-action game was very good for them, and they made the plays when they needed to, and again I thought he was certainly a part of it and contributed greatly to that win.”

 

On how much the Redskins’ victory against Dallas earlier in the season factors into Sunday:

“We don’t really use that as motivation. Obviously we have great respect for the organization and for their football team. They came down here and beat us last time we played. Hopefully it’s something we learned from when we watched the tape and can get better from. But our focus is on what the challenge is, and our challenge is going up there this weekend and playing our best game.”



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