ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31: Quarterback Tony Romo #9 talks with Miles Austin #19 of the Dallas Cowboys on the sidelines during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cowboys Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
After last Sunday’s 35-17 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jags’ quarterback David Garrard told Sports Illustrated’s Peter King that it appeared to him as though the Cowboys were merely going through the motions, that "It just looked like they weren't into the game like an NFL team should be.''
Indeed, a lot of folks around Dallas made the same observation.
The players themselves have staunchly denied any such lack of effort, with linebacker Keith Brooking going so far as to suggest that the team’s struggles on defense were the product of players trying too hard to make a play, rather than simply satisfying their assignment.
One point the Cowboys won’t deny is that getting motivated is more difficult now than ever.
“No matter what's going on, you just can't feel deflated,” James said, per ESPN Dallas. “You've just got to go out there and play, play to the end and not really look at the scoreboard and hopefully you'll be on top at the end. I mean, that's it. It's like you're going back to Pop Warner, when your coaches just say, ‘Play for 60 minutes.’ We've gotten to that point.”
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