Like presumably every other professional athlete, Cowboys’ tight end Jason Witten doesn’t want to think about his current team’s window--the period in which enough of the team is in their prime to make a push for success in the playoffs and, perhaps, a Super Bowl run--but that doesn’t mean he isn’t aware of it.
"You try not to think about the window," Witten said, per the Dallas Morning News. "But obviously, we're realists. We understand where it's at. I feel great and we're playing great. But it's about now. I think that's how this whole organization thinks, from owner to head coach to veteran players to rookie players. That's the way this league works."
Witten readily admits that the week 17 loss to the eventual Super Bowl Champions, the New York Giants, still stings. But he also thinks the Giants’ run can serve as a learning moment for Dallas.
"It crushes you," he said. "You don't need a loss like that to motivate you. That's for sure. Every year you're more and more motivated. You realize that time is now for a lot of key players. You need to take advantage of that.
"But, hey, give them credit. They made the plays they needed to make and got in the playoffs and went on a run. For us, we need to learn from that and not feel sorry for ourselves from that standpoint but allow that to be a game-changer for us to realize that every minute matters and you can't let an opportunity like that slip."
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