Jason Witten: Cowboys have the roster to do what the Giants did

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The Cowboys open the 2012 season the same way they ended the 2011 season, against the Giants. Dallas tight end Jason Witten says his team has made the right moves this offseason to beat the Giants in Week One, and to do what the Giants did after beating the Cowboys in Week Seventeen last year: Win the Super Bowl.

“We’ve got the right type of guys that can lead us to have the same kind of success that we’ve seen the Giants have,” Witten said to DallasCowboys.com.

Finishing the season with a loss to the Giants is something that Witten says will motivate the Cowboys during the offseason and heading into the first game of the regular season.

“It seems like we’ve had that bad taste in our mouth a lot the last few years,” Witten said. “But I think the focus is on not just that bad taste, but what are we going to do about it? That’s the focus now: Let’s be all in and let’s get it right. Let’s take advantage of this opportunity we have.”

Witten said he thinks the Cowboys’ moves in free agency are enough to put them over the top.

“You see that schedule knowing we’re going to open up [in New York] against the defending champs . . . what else do you need to motivate yourself?” Witten said. “It’s time to do that. I think guys understand that. They’ve been around here and know to forget everything else and let’s go be our best and play great football.”

89 responses to “Jason Witten: Cowboys have the roster to do what the Giants did

  1. Cowturds love guaranteeing Super Bowls. Only the Pukes could point to a humiliating loss where effort was marginal at best and call that a spring board for success. Their playoff track record shows that they mean business.

  2. The Dallas Cowboys will do it all this year, but what does a person called “stonedwhitetrash” know?

  3. Most teams can say that. There’s a pretty fine line between winning and losing in the NFL. The question is whether you’re team will or not. It comes down to confidence.

  4. Uh huh.

    They have the roster to do what the Giants did, except at the very tip top it says: QB Tony Romo.

    This year is going to be different! They made tons of noise in free agency…

    Yeah, this year will be different, they’ll finish fourth in the NFC West instead of third.

  5. queensnyvegas says:
    Apr 10, 2012 7:16 AM
    matbe so but they dont have is heart and a clucth qb

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    Romo did have two games that he failed in the 4th qtr last yearbut he also came back against the 49ers with those broken ribs in the final min to win the game. Also, go back and see how many times Romo set up the team to win or go to OT but the kicker missed or the defense gave up a big play. Romo should t have to score 30 points a game to win… Defense has been the problem

  6. Every year we have to hear this hype. They have talent, they have talent, they have talent. Blah blah blah blah. Whatevah.

  7. I’m no boys fan, but you have to be impressed what they have done this pre-season picking up some great additions to the roster as well as some bargains, a solid draft and I think I’d agree with Witten.

  8. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; as long as Tony Romo is your starter under center, you’re NOT going to win a Super Bowl!

    It is inevitable; he gets further into the season and every year he seizes up like an old motor with no oil in it!
    He’ll do something half-assed and the fans will go nuts because he pulled out a nail biter and sure enough, he’ll face the Eagles or Giants late into the season and fall flat on his face!

    I don’t know what kind of mad not-so-secret man crush Jerry Jones has on this guy, but if I were a Cowboys’ fan, I’d be pissed when he came back healthy and they allow him to start!

  9. Any team in the NFL “has the roster” to target Kyle Williams’s concussion. The question is will the league let them get away with it.

  10. All my immediate friends and even my twin brother r cowgurl fans. I’m a steeler fan…i keep hearing the same two things every year……at the start of the season its we gone win the superbowl, we have all the talent, money and of course I can’t forget the head liner, we’re americas team ….then at the end of the season, they got their head downs talking bout theres always next yr…unfortunately for cowgurl fans next yr been coming since 95’….meanwhile….n the same nfc east the giants have won twice…lmfao…

  11. Speaking as a Cowboys fan, I’m ready for them to stop talking about how good the roster is and to go out and show people how good the roster is by winning games.

    To Jones, Ryan, Witten, et. al., shut up and win. Nothing else matters.

  12. jackntorres says:
    Apr 10, 2012 7:39 AM
    Any team in the NFL “has the roster” to target Kyle Williams’s concussion. The question is will the league let them get away with it.

    Coach harbaugh? Is that you?

  13. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahaha.

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

  14. isphet71 says: Apr 10, 2012 7:11 AM

    Romo is part of the roster, so no. No you don’t.
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    Speaking like a true, ignorant hater. Romo is not the problem with the Cowboys. Real football fans understand that. Go back to playing Madden.

  15. The Giants didn’t have a roster made to win the Superbowl last year, they were just tougher and better than everyone else in the playoffs.

    Good luck with that, Witten.

  16. The Cowboys have the roster to do what the Giants did, except for the coach and the quarterback.

  17. Until they show something on the field, this is just talk. Looks great on paper, but you need team chemistry and a willingness of all of those big name players to play well together. You need leaders, not cheerleaders on your team. Who is the leader on the Cowboys? Who steps up in difficult situations? The answer is nobody which is why they went 1 – 4 the last 5 games last year. All I am saying is that they need players that are leaders and want to win on that team. It is as simple as that.

  18. I am a Giants fan – and this is such a non story. Really, what else did you expect he would say – “Well, I expect another season of missing the playoffs – but at least i will get to go to Cabo with Romo again?”

    At the end of the day – talk is cheap. Play the game, and let’s see what happens on the field.

  19. “Any team in the NFL “has the roster” to target Kyle Williams’s concussion. The question is will the league let them get away with it.”

    Yeah, because he’s critical to the 49ers success. BTW – can you find one clip of ANYONE on the Giants or the Saints hitting William’s head? No, you can’t. Because it didn’t happen. In both games, the only team going for head shots was San Fran . But, hey, why let facts get in the way of a good rant. Oh, btw, this post is about Dallas, not SF.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/ahmad_about_you_rB7KvJufmdAqa7ZU1Sk7PJ

  20. What exactly did Jason Witten say that was the least bit controversial? Should he say the team sucks and they have no chance? I thought his answers to the questions were pretty vanilla.

  21. Romo is the 2nd rated passer in history. He’s the last of their worries. The Draft will tell how serious this team can be post December. I’ll be a real football fan and try to analyze and use proof they improved immensely rather than a jock sniffing hater.

    Livings and Bernadeau may have been average at best in Cincy and Carolina, but judging from their strengths they werent really used in the right way. I believe Callahan can work with these guys and the position will be improved. How much is another question.

    Brodney Pool was a top 5 safety with Rob Ryan in Cleveland. With a better front 7 its possible he can come back to that kind of glory.

    Dan Connor is much better at ILB than James or Brooking who were getting less athletic by the second.

    Brandon Carr is a significant upgrade at a need position.

    All that’s left is the draft, and if Dallas can use a trade back to pick up 3 quality picks that will contribute this team can be lethal.

    It’s not like the games they are in are blowouts, they always compete and if a couple bounces go their way, its possible.

  22. Whose the “all hype” team now?? Romo will not take them anywhere…and Philly and NY still own their defensive coordinator…

  23. Any clear thinking Giants fan knows that Tony Romo is an elite, talented QB who has piled up plenty of great stats against the Giants. We are fortunate that Eli and the D have been clutch enough (and elite!) to give us the upper hand against them, and the rest of the league!

  24. The star shines on the helmet shines a lot brighter then most of the players in Dallas. Outside of Whitten (who probably past his prime now) the rest of the offense if full of nothing but overhyped players. Bryant and Austin would not even start in NY.

    On defense they have one players (Ware) who would start for the other 31 teams in the NFL. The secondary is terrible and the linebackers are not very good.

    Plus Rob Ryan is no different then his brother. His mouth writes a lot of checks his players can’t cash.

  25. “Any team in the NFL “has the roster” to target Kyle Williams’s concussion. The question is will the league let them get away with it.”

    And the award for whining goes to … the 49ers fans and their crybaby coach.

    **APPLAUSE**

  26. Hey Wit Dogg, The Cowboys roster talent is like the top of your head…. It’s been thining for about 4 years now.

  27. Too bad the cowboys dont have the quarterback the giants have. Hell the Eagles have a better roster than both the cowboys and the giants but a qb that fumbles the ball and gets hurt all the time.

  28. Omg a guy said his team has improved in the offseason and thinks they will do better?????? That is preposterous!

    For y’all that can’t read simple English… That is hardly “guaranteeing a Super Bowl” And anyone who legitimately believes Romo is the problem clearly doesn’t watch their games or know anything about football.

  29. jackntorres says:
    Apr 10, 2012 7:39 AM
    Any team in the NFL “has the roster” to target Kyle Williams’s concussion. The question is will the league let them get away with it.

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    You were definitely the kid that cried after losing a sporting event, weren’t you?

    Somebody call the WAAAAAAAMBULANCE for this loser!!!

    Your 49ers were the hardest hitting, nastiest defense and special teams in the league. You weren’t complaining when your defense damn near took Eli’s head off. You personally talked trash leading up to the NFC Championship game, and got beat in your own house.

  30. I don’t care what free agents etc. the boys have made, winning ain’t gonna happen with Jerrah wanting to be headcoach and tony romantic the QB.

  31. grrrrr i hate the cowboys so you know what im going to do?
    im going to click every article about them and either make a funny one liner or type paragraphs about how much they suck.
    then when the season starts im going to tune into every game and watch BUT i will be only watching in hopes they lose.
    man why cant the stop getting attention!?!?!

  32. They have (most of) the roster. See:Tony Romo.

    Now all they need is the coaching. As long as Jerruh keeps undermining his coaches, they will continue to not win Superbowls.

  33. About 22 of the 32 teams have a roster than can win the Super Bowl – the Super Bowl goes to the team that wins the turnover margin (or nearly does) in the playoffs. Ergo, any team that has a CHANCE to win the turnover margin come the playoffs can win it all. Of course only the teams that play consistently enough make the playoffs have a shot at attempting to win the playoff turnover margin.

    Do the Cowboys have a roster to do that? Apparently not. Maybe when the NFL goes to a 16 berth post-season, letting in more of that lot of 22, the Cowboys will have a better shot. I have no doubts that when the NFL does let half the teams in, a team with a losing record will win the Super Bowl within 10 years.

  34. Yes Einstein most teams have the ability to go 9-7 and get hot at the right time and win 4 straight in the playoffs. Only problem for the cowboys is the need an elite qb to win in the playoffs and dont have one.

  35. Notice the amount of Giants fans (and all other Cowboy haters, for that matter) commenting on this, and the low amount of Cowboys supporters? That’s because we as Cowboys fans KNOW something the rest of you do not. Tony Romo is not an issue. He’s not a problem. And any rational football fan will know that he wasn’t the problem last year. Amazing what people can forget, such as his comeback victory against the 9ers. Before DeMarco, he didn’t have a consistent, healthy RB to support him. Which led to him throwing the ball more. Which leads, inevitably, to more int’s. The Cowboys CAN beat the Giants. And Romo IS an elite QB. But we, as Cowboys fans, know that. So we’ll just let the irrational Boys haters to continue their hate on this post.

  36. The Giants were way better than their record indicated last year. Their shedule was absolutely brutal. The Giants were battle tested, and that is what made them so tough for their playoff run. The Cowboys also had a tough schedule. The problem is the NFC East didn’t rotate into an an easy schedule this year either.

    There will be likely only be one playoff team from the NFC east and it will come down to the last game again. Whatever team comes out will have a legit shot at the Super Bowl.

    The Cowboys have to win the division, and have the disadvantage of playing the opening game against the Giants. That is as close to an automatic home team win as there is.

    The Cowboys probably need to sweep the rest of their division games after that one to ensure they win the division and can really only afford to lose one more at most to have a chance.

  37. truth hurts? Thats why im getting thumbs down?

    What position do the cowboys have thats better than the Eagles?? running back? nope! receivers? their even. tight end? even. Eagles have a better defensive and offensive line. Corners? Eagles again! Both the cowboys and Eagles safeties are suspect. The only position I can think of that the cowboys were better last year was linebacker. Now with Ryans, its even

  38. juanhughjazz says:
    Apr 10, 2012 7:14 AM

    Most teams can say that. There’s a pretty fine line between winning and losing in the NFL. The question is whether you’re team will or not. It comes down to confidence.

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    This is absolutely true, and may I add, maybe the Eagles and the Packers have had a better roster last season than the Super Bowl winning Giants. But as stated above, you can have all the talent, but if you don’t have the chemistry and don’t put in the hard work to try and win, you might as well be paper champions as the Cowboys seem to be every year!

  39. Mr. Wright 212 says:Apr 10, 2012 8:22 AM

    What they have is NAMES. Names never won anything. They don’t have the QB, DL, the COACHING nor the moxie that the Giants have.

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    The Giants got to the Super Bowl and won… so you can’t take that away. However, not so long ago Desean Jackson was ending the Giants playoff chances and the Giants were looking terrible. Eli was a bum who didn’t get in the top 100 player list as voted by players and Coughlin was on the hot seat.

    Things change fast in the NFC East. They will likely change again this year. 3 teams can win that division.

  40. That’s real touching Jason, now only if your team had a GM and owner that had a clue.

    But you don’t so enjoy 3 place again in the division, and bow down to your Super Bowl Champions.

  41. Well, now they’re starting to sound like Rex Ryan. Just like with him, it’s only in their dreams.

  42. Even if this were true (and it’s not), they still have to contend with marginal coaching, an unqualified GM and a dysfunctional owner…

    So it won’t matter how much talent that their is on the roster they simply don’t have the leadership needed to bring it all together…

    That’s why they haven’t really won a meaningful game since Jimmy’s roster and coaching influence dissipated…

    Time for the obligatory Romo stat-loving fanboys to be heard…Blorf!

  43. Every team in the NFL has the chance to get lucky, have players fake injury for clock management purposes, 12 men on the field, have their SB opponents have an off day, missed facemask calls, and bogus 4th quarter pass interferance penalties that benefit them.

    It could happen to the Cowboys, it could also happen to the Browns…

  44. bigbluenationdb says: Apr 10, 2012 8:54 AM

    On defense they have one players (Ware) who would start for the other 31 teams in the NFL. The secondary is terrible and the linebackers are not very good.
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    Ummmm…I love me some DeMarcus but I’ll take Sean Lee any day also.

    Cowboys have similar issues to the Chargers, they just don’t have the mental toughness & leadership to overcome adversity that well. It’s like watching my team (Pats) in 09…same problem. It’s a hard thing to fix because it’s hard to engineer. But it helps to have a certain philosophy about the mental makeup of your players and stick to it. You’re still going to make errors (like BB did with Adalius Thomas, Haynesworth, etc) but not as many.

  45. Even if the Cowchips brought in a clutch QB, they still have Jerry Jones as the owner. They won’t win any more Super Bowls as long as he is calling the shots…

  46. First of all, Witten was speaking to the Dallas Cowboys official website, so it will be rah, rah. Also, a major difference between the Giants and Cowboys is the coaching. Garrett was terrible – the losses vs. the Jets (passes on the 1 – 2x), the timeout vs AZ, continuing to call throws vs. the Kittens (stop throwing after the 1st pick 6, run out the clock), running draws with Austin vs. the Niners (he was recovering, out 4 more games), and other bad clock management and play calls that led to losses. Garrett (and Newman, Ball), not Romo, is the issue. Fire Garrett and get a real motivating coach, motivation is a big part of the game.

  47. Hypothetical:
    If Jones could swap Romo for Eli and Coughlin for Opie, and then shut his big piehole then maybe.

    Reality:
    They are just doing there usual off season posturing and Witten needs to be drug tested immediately.

  48. Re: Kyle Williams

    Aside from the two plays to Vernon Davis, Williams was the 9ers entire offense that game. Go back to the tape. He returned plenty of other kicks and punts back for decent gains. Without Williams, SF would have left NY with a short field and would have NEVER made it to overtime. The offense was a big fat O-FER on 3rd down conversions. Williams was far from SF’s biggest problem that game.

  49. The Cowboys are kind of like the Chargers- there’s a lot of talent; but they never seem to be able to put it together. With SD, I would deduce their lack of success has a great deal to do with coaching. But what’s the answer with the Cowboys? As much as I’d like to, I can’t put it all in the lap of Romo. There’s more to it than that.

  50. So surprising…. it’s the yearly pandering to the Cowboy fans. You can do it! You can win this year! You’re awesome!

    (You have the largest fan base so we’re going to do everything we can to get you to watch us)

  51. bowwserr says:
    Apr 10, 2012 9:52 AM

    Notice the amount of Giants fans (and all other Cowboy haters, for that matter) commenting on this, and the low amount of Cowboys supporters? That’s because we as Cowboys fans KNOW something the rest of you do not. Tony Romo is not an issue. He’s not a problem. And any rational football fan will know that he wasn’t the problem last year. Amazing what people can forget, such as his comeback victory against the 9ers. Before DeMarco, he didn’t have a consistent, healthy RB to support him. Which led to him throwing the ball more. Which leads, inevitably, to more int’s. The Cowboys CAN beat the Giants. And Romo IS an elite QB. But we, as Cowboys fans, know that. So we’ll just let the irrational Boys haters to continue their hate on this post.

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    Sorry dude, not really hating on the Cowboys (YES I AM!!!) as much as I am hating on another baseless comment from a team who was a “coulda,” “shoulda,” and “woulda” (AGAIN!!!) last season. Good points though, I like that Cowboys fan know their team and know that they can beat anyone. But I also know that there’s one thing that ALL fans, regardless of what team they follow, know (ASIDE FROM WHO WON THE SB LAST YEAR!!!), is that talk is cheap, as evidenced every single year by someone like Witten from the Cowboys or someone from the Eagles or Redskins, for that matter.

    Read what you just posted, all that “coulda,” “shoulda,” and “woulda” sound very familiar after the playoffs last season. Dude, I am glad you know your team, but know as well, that off season champs don’t make you SB champs. AND THATS A FACT!!!!

  52. It does look like we got some players that will help us out this season.

    I just want to first make the playoffs and then go from there. Hopefully we get it done!

  53. There are two points to be made regarding the Giants and Cowboys. First, the Giants aren’t that great and two, the Cowboys aren’t as good as people would like to think they are.

    Look at the Giants the past two or three seasons. What was so special about their record? You talk about Cinderella moments and that team has had it’s share.

    Of course what else could one expect from a division consisting of the: Cowboys, Eagles, Redskins…..

    So, you see, the Giants aren’t that good. The issue is just that those other teams are, unfortunately, that bad.

  54. Well, surprise, the Romo-haters are out in style! Oh, how they forget that we were just a few plays away from being 13-3.

    Jets game – blocked punt – if we get it off right, no score for the Jets, we win. Add 1 win.

    Lions – yeah, so Tony threw 2 pic6’s, big deal. The second one should have been called back. CB hooked the receiver before the ball got there, holding, illegal contact, pass interference, whatever you want to call, it was there, watch the clip. Defense also gave up 2 4th qrt TD’s. Change any of those plays and we win again. Add 1 win.

    Pats – Tony leads the ‘Boys on the game winning TD drive, and then the defense gives it right back, never even sniffed Brady. Defense (again) does it’s job, we win this one, too. Add 1 win. (we are up to 3).

    Cards – Timeout notwithstanding, he should have made that kick. If he does, Tony has led another game winning drive to add to the others he has this year. We win again, add win #4.

    Giants – first game – so many choices (none of them Tony’s fault) – Miles loses a TD in the lights, defense gives up 2 4th qtr scores (where have I heard that before?), kicker misses winning FG 2 weeks in a row, only this one is blocked by the lineman who gave Tony fits in pass rush, Pierre Paul. Change any play, pick one, please, and again, game over, we win, add game #5.

    So close to 13-3, 2 losses to Philly don’t matter, last loss to NYG doesn’t matter, they go home for playoffs and don’t win the SB. You guys just love to run Tony down, but you’re wrong. I’m not making excuses for Tony here. I’m telling you how it is. You can’t argue with Tony’s biggest stat, his career QB rating. He’s back in 2nd place ALL-TIME! You guys are just spoiled and negative. I’ve seen the Cowboys win 5 SB’s and loved every minute of it. WE CAN’T WIN THEM ALL, IT IS STATISTICALLY IMPOSSIBLE! But, if you remember that football is entertainment, let me entreat you to “entertain” the notion to ROOT FOR ANOTHER TEAM IF YOU ARE SO DISSATIFIED!

    And don’t go away mad, just go away. Reporters say the “Romo can’t do it” slop because it’s their job. You’re just drinking the kool-aid. Has Tony made mistakes? Yes. Tell me the name of another QB who has put up with as many sacks and Tony has had who has the same talent Tony has, can throw like Tony can, run like Tony can, and improvise like Tony can. For crying out loud, he’s at least a 50/50 shot in the 4th qtr to lead a comeback. That’s a good stat, maybe great compared to most QB’s.

    Most of the time when we win, it’s because we’ve plastered the other team for 28+ points and held them under 20. They just need to learn to do it in December and January. The defense has to play harder and with more aggression an create turnovers in crunch time.

    Receivers need to not quit on routes and run them well, and come back to the ball when Tony is in trouble.

    Linemen need to hold their blocks longer to give Tony more time and give him lanes to throw in, too.

    We have made some upgrades for your pleasure. TNew is gone, Carr is in. Younger, faster, good in press coverage. Added 2 linemen that look solid. Back-up QB just got younger (old man Kitna retired anyway).

    But, it’s never enough for some of you. We all want to win the SB and see the trophy back in Dallas. Let me remind you of something: PARITY HAS COME TO THE NFL. You can’t win them all, but if you get one in a decade, you’re doing pretty good. Been a long time for us, but we now have a QB and he still has time to get one for us. Do yourself a favor: yell for Tony, not at him.

  55. And lest we forget, Free Agency and the Salary Cap (both supported by Jerry) are the culprits in PARITY. Can’t keep the team together if you have a cap and they want more money and can get it as a free agent. Simple math, dudes. Seriously, some of you need to get some logic, see the big picture, and look at old game film of Testaverde, Carter, Henson, guys like that who played QB since Aikman’s departure who were either too old to have serious impact or too dumb or untalented or too slow. Seriously. We have it good with Tony at QB.

  56. Everyone hates on romo with the same old sayings, its getting old already, the man has proven hes one of the best, hes never had a great oline and never had a great defense, last year we were trying to rebuild alittle bit and thid year we had one of the best, if not the best free agency picks up ( according to adam shefter) weve picked up key positions and after last years draft of having 5 out of our 7 picks made an impact on our team, we went from one of the oldest teams last year to one of the youngest teams in all the right positions, romo is in his prime years and romo has never been the problem, its our oline and dbacks…and we addressed bth of those in the first wave of free agency, and now im gonna have to say our first 2 drafr picks will be starters and possibly 2 more can make an impact on the team…jason garret finally has a full year to coach and rob ryan finally has a whole year to put in his defense with the players we picked up to fit in those roles…im not worried at all, everyone hates on my cowboys, and if youe being hated on then your doing something right…im npt predicting a super bowl but like the guy in this forum said before, we were a couple plays away from being in the playoffs last year so this year we will be just fine…we will pick up some more key free agents in the second wve in

  57. ** key free agents in the second wave of free ageny in june …we have alot of young guys now with potential, a great backup qb, 3 good wr’s, 2 great tackles, 2 young guards, cwnter is alittlw weak but young, 1 of the greatest tight ends in the game, solid linebackers that are young besides ware but is still a beast, 3 young cornerbacks 1 saftey with potential…our weakness still is another saftey, another cb, d-ends, center…we will get those guys in the draft and i bet u they will fill those holes…oh not to mention a fullback who paved the way for ben tate and arian foster last year and peyton hillis the year before…not to mention for u romo haters, hes broken almost every dallas record and is xoming off his best year throwing over 4000 yards, 35 tds and like 10 picks…yeah hes chocked his first 2 years but hes a warrior and anyone that knows football…defense wins championships…and dallas hasent had a good defense since 1995

  58. Me thinks we have heard this rhetoric before like the beginning of every new season for the last 15 years. These Boys are beginning to sound like Obama with the rehashing of speeches.

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