Cowboys appear unfazed by Doug Pederson’s comment

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In January 1994, three days before the NFC Championship Game, Jimmy Johnson called a radio talk show in Dallas and guaranteed his Cowboys would beat the 49ers.

“You can put it in 3-inch headlines,” the then-Cowboys coach boldly proclaimed.

The Cowboys did what Johnson predicted and went on to repeat as Super Bowl champions.

Don’t expect Jason Garrett ever to make such a statement.

Shoot, the Cowboys current coach didn’t even offer a comeback to Doug Pederson’s prediction of an Eagles’ win over Garrett’s team on Sunday.

“My response is we’re excited about the challenge,” Garrett said Monday. “Obviously, they’re a great football team, and we’re going to focus on ourselves and what we need to do to prepare to play our best football on Sunday night.”

Pederson said on his radio show Monday that “we’re gonna win that football game, and when we do, we’re in first place in the NFC East.” He backtracked somewhat in his press conference, saying he never used the word “guarantee.”

Whether Pederson intended it to be Joe Namath-esque or not, the Cowboys appear unfazed.

“Honestly, it doesn’t bother me,” cornerback Jourdan Lewis said, via Todd Archer of ESPN. “That’s what you’re supposed to do. You’re supposed to come out here and try to beat us. I mean, he said it publicly. Doesn’t matter. I mean we already understood that there was going to be questions on it, but we’ve got to go out there and execute and win this game. We have to go out there and play our best game.”

Garrett did not play the audio for the Cowboys in their meeting today or even mention it, Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News reports. Garrett long has stressed ignoring outside noise and controlling what they can control day by day.

“We probably don’t want to share what we share with our players too much,” Garrett said when asked if he would use Pederson’s comment as bulletin-board material. “We do our best when we just focus on ourselves and what we need to do to prepare to play our best football.”

Garrett is 4-2 against Pederson, including a sweep of the Eagles last year. One of Pederson’s victories was a meaningless game for the Cowboys in Week 17 of the 2016 season when most of their best players either didn’t play or didn’t play much.

23 responses to “Cowboys appear unfazed by Doug Pederson’s comment

  1. Doug is just trying to rally the team up to motivate them. Eagles history under Doug shows they love the world vs them underdog role.
    Still dont like the coach trash talk though..

  2. What you expect them to be like? Scared? It is just Doug trying to get his team to forget their bad loss and look froward.

  3. As a Cowboy, one thing we can all agree on is that Jason Garrett is no Jimmy Johnson…..or Tom Landry, or Bill Parcells, and just slightly better than Wade Phillips, maybe.

  4. I think even the cowboys know this is a non story that the media is trying to push. Especially since there’s things like mentioning that one if the pedersons wins over dallas was a meaningless win yet fail to mention one of Garrett’s wins the very next year was a meaningless win when philly rested their starters after locking up the #1 seed. Its things like this that let me know their agenda.

  5. Pederson is trying to get the Cowboys players motivated for their game, but the Cowboys appear too down to get excited, after losing to the lowly Jets.

  6. I really do not like the Cowboys and Zeke, but I hope this week they spank the arrogant Eagles.

    Since the Eagles got rid of Zach Brown after mouthing off and then losing to the Vikings, will they get rid of Pederson for mouthing off if they lose to the Cowboys? Just aking for a friend.

  7. The proper answer would have been: “for a game you need two teams and the Cowboys will be out there for sure, prepared and playing for the W.” That’s all folks!

  8. The funny thing is that both of these teams are only two games up on the Redskins in the NFC East.
    And right now (well all season for that matter) the Redskins are one of the worst teams in the NFL

  9. easyeddie says:

    Two of the most boring teams to watch
    ok easyeddie, care to say who is your exciting team to watch?

  10. Coach Schlub. Not a motivator of men. The Cowboys have talent, but zero mental edge. Flatline. No fire in their belly. A reflection of their Rah Rah Coach Clappy. Garret is better suited to coaching Pee Wee or High School ball with his passive, friendly, vanilla demeanor. Fire Garret and promote Kris Richard and watch that team grow a pair.

  11. This is exactly Garrett’s problem!! He’s always got blinders on thinking he can control things by just preparing his team! Problem is, you have got to be reactionary and be able to adjust according to what’s happening around you to be a good head coach. He ignores this comment the same way he ignores what his opponents are trying to do (or in most cases ACTUALLY DOING) to beat him.

  12. easyeddie says:
    “Two of the most boring teams to watch” i disagree, VERY exciting to watch… if you are a fan of either of their opponents! I’m sure vikes fans were super excited to see all the eagle CB’s get burned again and again!

    omniscient48 says:
    “Since the Eagles got rid of Zach Brown after mouthing off and then losing to the Vikings, will they get rid of Pederson for mouthing off if they lose to the Cowboys? Just aking for a friend.”

    Dude, they got rid of Brown bc he was slow and had horrible instincts! At least one play yesterday it was so obvious Zach took the dumbest angle and whiffed on everything, could’a made a play!

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