The Cowboys–Redskins rivalry is a sports rivalry between two professional American football teams in the National Football League (NFL), the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins. Sports Illustrated has called it the top NFL rivalry of all time and “one of the greatest in sports.” During the tenure of this rivalry, the two franchises have won 27 combined division titles and eight combined Super Bowls. They are the two wealthiest franchises in the NFL. The rivalry started in 1960 when the Cowboys joined the league as an expansion team. During that year they were in separate conferences, but played once during the season. In 1961, Dallas was placed in the same division as the Redskins, and from that point on, they have played each other twice during every regular season.
Texas oil tycoon Clint Murchison, Jr. was having a hard time bringing an NFL team to Dallas, Texas. He tried buying two teams, but the negotiations fell through. In 1958, Murchison heard that George Preston Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins, was eager to sell the team. Just as the sale was about to be finalized, Marshall called for a change in terms. Murchison was outraged and canceled the whole deal.
Around this time, Marshall had a falling out with the Redskin band director, Barnee Breeskin. Breeskin had written the music to the Redskins fight song, now a staple at the stadium; additionally, Marshall’s wife penned the lyrics to the song. Breeskin wanted revenge after the failed negotiations with Marshall. He approached Tom Webb, Murchison’s lawyer, and sold the rights for $2,500.
Murchison then decided to create his own team, with the support of NFL expansion committee chairman, George Halas. Halas decided to put the proposition of a Dallas franchise before the NFL owners, which needed to have unanimous approval in order to pass. The only owner against the proposal was George Preston Marshall. However, Marshall found out that Murchison owned the rights to Washington’s fight song, so a deal was finally struck. If Marshall showed his approval of the Dallas franchise, Murchison would return the song. The Cowboys were then founded and began playing in 1960.
To build the roster of an expansion team, Dallas was allowed to pick certain players from certain teams per League rules. Murchison selected the Redskins’ Pro Bowl quarterback, Eddie LeBaron, who would become the Cowboys’ first starting quarterback. Somehow, Marshall had forgotten to move LeBaron to the team’s “protected” list.
First Few Games
Though both teams would become juggernauts in the NFL, the beginning of the rivalry was not all that exciting. The first game took place in Griffith Stadium on October 9, 1960 and was won by the Redskins. It was the only game they would win that year. The Cowboys would go winless that season. The Redskins would win two of the first four and tied the two others.
Cowboy Chicken Club
In December 1961, an unknown number of Cowboys fans sneaked into D. C. Stadium, armed with bags of chicken feed. When Alaskan snow dogs were to drag Santa Claus onto the field during the halftime show, the pranksters would unleash dozens of hungry chickens onto the field – 75 white, one black. The significance of the black chicken was to symbolize how Marshall was the only owner in the league who would not recruit an African-American football player; Marshall stating, “We’ll start signing Negroes when the Harlem Globetrotters start signing whites.”
The chickens fit into two large crates, which were smuggled into the stadium the morning of the game. The chickens and the smugglers went unspotted until halftime, when a stadium usher noticed a man guarding the crates and heard the chickens. Though the guard tried to bribe the official with $100 dollars, he was quickly reported and arrested, and the chickens confiscated. As it turned out, the “official” was actually Redskins general manager Dick McCann.
The following year and the night before the third Redskins-Cowboys match-up in less than a year, pranksters sneaked into Marshall’s hotel suite and dropped off a large turkey in the bathroom. When Marshall went into the bathroom, the turkey puffed up and gobbled at him, causing Marshall to flee his room. “Chickens are nice”, Marshall said, “but a man shouldn’t fool with a mad turkey.”
Just minutes before kickoff, while “Hail to the Redskins” blared throughout the stadiums, four banners reading “CHICKENS” – one at each 50-yard line and one in each end zone center – were unfurled in the stadium’s upper decks. Two acrobats, hired by Cowboys fans and Chicken Club founders Bob Thompson and Irv Davidson (along with the University of Maryland students with the banners) rushed onto the field dressed in chicken costumes and began to throw colored eggs. One was apprehended by a guard, but the other proved to be too elusive. By this time, the band was playing the National Anthem, therefore unable to move. The lone chicken-acrobat reached into this bag and released a chicken, then returned to his egg-throwing. Running to a sideline, he then attempted to leave the stadium by jumping over a bench, but slipped.
A group of security guards then apprehended him, but he was able to break free. He made it back to the 50-yard line, turned a cartwheel, then ran and flopped onto the 30-yard line. By this time, only aware that the National Anthem was over, the two teams rushed onto the field in the middle of the chaos. In the midst of the ruckus, the man made it off the field and into the stands. Although the real chicken was caught, the acrobat-chicken was never apprehended.
The next day, while reporting the 38-10 Cowboys victory, the Dallas News scoring summary ended with, Attendance-49,888 (and one chicken).
Rivalry off the Field
- On December 19, 2005, Dallas Mavericks guard Darrell Armstrong was fined $1,000 for grabbing a microphone before a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the American Airlines Center and yelling “How ’bout those Redskins!” Only a few hours prior, the Cowboys had been routed by the Redskins 35-7, in the most lopsided loss of Bill Parcells coaching career. Armstrong was raised in North Carolina as a Redskins fan.
- Dallas coach Tom Landry starred in a 1980s American Express TV commercial in which he made the statement, “You never know when you’ll be surrounded by Redskins”. Several large men dressed in Washington uniforms encircled Landry, who addressed them with, “Howdy!” After the credit card sales pitch was read, the ad returned to that scene, and Landry quickly elbowed his way out of the circle.
- After Tom Landry was fired as Cowboys coach by new owner Jerry Jones in 1989, Landry starred in another TV commercial for Quality Hotels, in which he states that he feels so great being out of football that he might take up a new career. Landry then pulls out a guitar and sings the Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson classic, “Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be,” and after a pause, sings, “Redskins!” At the end of the commercial, Landry says, “You didn’t think I would say ‘Cowboys’, did ya?”
- On August 2, 2008 when Art Monk and Darrell Green were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, during a live broadcast of Hall of Fame coverage, when Redskins fans were asked to sing the fight song, they began to chant “Dallas Sucks”. The cast laughed about and Michael Irvin simply wrote 281 on a piece of paper symbolizing Art Monk and Darrell Green’s numbers, 28 and 81. The fans were then forced to leave the broadcasting area and not allowed to return until after the induction ceremony.
|Cowboys wins||Ties||Redskins wins||Cowboys points||Redskins points|
Monday Night Football
The Cowboys and Redskins have met 14 times on Monday Night Football, the most of any two teams. The teams met last in 2005. The series has been played eight times at Washington’s home field (five times at RFK Stadium and three times at FedEx Field) and six times at Dallas’ home field (all at Texas Stadium). The series is as evenly matched as any in MNF history; each team has won seven games in the series (no ties), with each team also going .500 at each field (4-4 in games played at the Redskins’ home field and 3-3 in games played at the Cowboys’ home field).
|1973||Washington Redskins||14-7||Washington, D.C.|
|1978||Washington Redskins||9-5||Washington, D.C.|
|1980||Dallas Cowboys||17-3||Washington, D.C.|
|1983||Dallas Cowboys||31-30||Washington, D.C.|
|1985||Dallas Cowboys||44-14||Irving, Texas|
|1987||Washington Redskins||13-7||Irving, Texas|
|1991||Washington Redskins||33-31||Irving, Texas|
|1992||Dallas Cowboys||23-10||Irving, Texas|
|1993||Washington Redskins||35-16||Washington, D.C.|
|1997||Washington Redskins||21-16||Landover, Maryland|
|2000||Dallas Cowboys||27-21||Landover, Maryland|
|2001||Dallas Cowboys||9-7||Irving, Texas|
|2004||Dallas Cowboys||21-18||Landover, Maryland|
|2005||Washington Redskins||14-13||Irving, Texas|
TBAB note: This story first appeared in the Aug. 30, 1992 editions of The Dallas Morning News
Tom Landry projected a hard-edged, unemotional image standing near the numbered lines for all of his seasons with the Cowboys. Four years out of football, one topic still alters that unflappable indifference.
The conversation is not about whether he was grievously wronged by the game and franchise he loved. The focus is a series of passion plays: the hyperventilating comebacks, nervous drama and narrow margins that made up the Cowboys-Washington Redskins rivalry.
Landry directed the Cowboys for 29 seasons, including 64 games against the Redskins. Many turned into classics for some kind of timecapsule.
The Cowboys- Redskins mini-series has been renewed for another season, and Landry said he intends to watch on television when the teams open Sept. 7 at Texas Stadium. The much-anticipated, all-important, prime-time meeting between the defending Super Bowl champions and an upstart Cowboys team seemed an apt occasion for Landry to reminisce.
During an hour-long conversation on the seventh floor of a North Dallas office complex, the significance of those games appears unmistakable in Landry’s eyes. His face often dissolves into soft smiles, and at times, the memories move him to rise from his chair to more accurately re-enact events.
The most enduring vision, he says, is the 1974 Thanksgiving Day game at Texas Stadium. Clint Longley left his clipboard and rookie anonymity on the sideline, throwing two long touchdown passes in Roger Staubach’s absence for a 24-23 Cowboys triumph.
Landry thinks immediately and with a certain reverence for former Redskins coach George Allen, the calculating, manipulative, bumper-sticker psychologist who had Landry setting records for antacid consumption. It was, after all, Allen who brought such intensity to their competitions.
“The rivalry was really with George Allen,’ Landry says. “He kept the intensity of it. Joe Gibbs is such a nice guy, I could never even get mad at him.’
Landry’s angular frame and quiet voice suddenly rise.
“I can still see George over there after Staubach got knocked out,’ he continues, pointing across the room. “Boy, he was spitting on his hands, rubbing them. He knew he had the ballgame won. Then Longley comes in and throws that pass for a touchdown. I don’t think George got over that. I know he didn’t. He brought it up everytime we met. It was really a pleasure to see that happen.’
In fact, Allen referred to that game when he and Landry met again in 1989. They shared the dias during a ceremony in which the Washington Touchdown Club inducted Landry into its Hall of Fame.
Allen, who died last New Year’s Eve at age 72 from a heart attack, made a point of reminding Landry that the Cowboys benefitted not from a broken coverage or a mistaken sideline call when Drew Pearson caught Longley’s 50-yard touchdown throw between a cornerback and safety. The scoring play resulted from a route adjustment Pearson made and Longley anticipated.
“As soon as old George sat down, he said, “Boy, I tell ya, if Drew Pearson hadn’t broken that route, we’d have beaten you,’ ‘ Landry says. “He still believes Drew messed the route up and that he had perfect coverage.’
That game was one of four in which one point separated the Cowboys and Redskins. Twenty-three times during the Landry era the difference was seven points or fewer. The series also was high scoring, with the winning team putting up 30 or more points 26 times.
The rivalry actually began before the Cowboys’ birth. Redskins owner George Preston Marshall interfered with Clint Murchison’s efforts to obtain a team whenever the opportunity presented itself. Murchison finally purchased the team for a song: Hail to the Redskins. He bought the rights to the Redskins’ anthem and used the possession as leverage to convince Marshall to vote in his favor.
Later, Murchison turned loose dozens of chickens on the field at RFK Stadium. Now Landry, comfortably reclined, one leg across the other, smiles broadly. “He was crazy as anything,’ he says.
The rivalry transcended the playing field. There were incredibly competitive games, and hard feelings in both cities from cab drivers to head coaches.
There has been hype and high moments. The miserable performance Joe Theismann delivered on his birthday in 1985, when Cowboys fans and players sang Happy Birthday to him.
There was Cowboys defensive end Harvey Martin taking a wreath that had been sent to his locker room the week before the 1979 game at Texas Stadium — the implicit message the Cowboys would be buried — and throwing it into the Redskins’ locker room after a Staubach miracle comeback.
There was the animosity between Staubach and Redskins defensive tackle Diron Talbert, the primary agent in dispensing many of Allen’s plots for imposing anarchy in Landry’s preparations.
“George was always into the psychological warfare,’ Staubach recalls. “I remember the year we went out as team captains for the coin toss, and Diron Talbert wouldn’t shake my hand. So the next time we play them, the second time in the season, I decide I’m not going to shake his hand. So he finds out and tells some reporter and says, “That damn Staubach is really a poor sport. He won’t shake my hand at the coin toss.’ He comes out, puts his hand out. I figure he’s going to pull it back, so I ignored him. Well, the guy’s watching and decides I’m a poor loser.
“During the game, Talbert would say the damndest things. The game that really got me going was when we lost the playoff game in 1972 . .. That’s when the controversy started, when they said, “Staubach shouldn’t play. The Cowboys should start (Craig) Morton.’ That’s when it got heated.’
Landry well remembers Staubach’s anger rising with each personal taunt from the Redskins’ camp.
“It took us a long time to convince him that it was hype,’ Landry says. “Roger thought it was personal.’
Landry was one to talk, especially when Allen was involved. It made you want to have a handwriting analysis performed on the banner at Texas Stadium that read, “Will Rogers never met George Allen.’
Bob Lilly maintains Allen consistently drove Landry to distraction.
Landry remains firm on his charge that Allen used a hotel near the Cowboys’ old Forest Lane practice facility for surveillance.
“No doubt about it,’ Landry says, still full of force. “You never knew what he was going to do, what he was going to say. He was always there spitting on his hands. That was George. He was good for the game, but we never trusted him.’
Thereafter, the Cowboys rented out the top floors of the hotel the two weeks before the Washington games. “We let it bother us,’ Lilly says. “He distracted us a lot.’
But the Cowboys normally performed acceptably against the Redskins. Staubach, Longley and Danny White had their highlight moments against them.
Staubach’s finest performance came in his final appearance. Following Larry Cole’s key third-down stop on John Riggins, Staubach rallied the Cowboys to two touchdowns in the final three minutes for a 35-34 victory.
At this point, Landry cannot remain seated.
“The best game Roger ever played,’ Landry says. “That was a remarkable game. One of the greatest plays I ever saw was when Larry Cole tackled Riggins on the third-down play because Riggins was fast and Cole was slow. Roger brought us back twice to win that game. The Cowboys played a lot of good games those years, but to me, that was the best game because Roger played better than I’d ever seen him when everything was at stake.’
White, whose career suffered from the fact he was not Staubach, opened the 1983 season with a tremendous comeback effort against the Redskins, a 31-30 victory built on his two second-half touchdown passes and scoring run.
It also was against the Redskins when White, at the line, switched to a play not in the game plan, costing the Cowboys a critical fourth-down conversion. Cameras caught Landry in a rare display of emotion, as the play developed, shouting, “No, Danny, no, no.’
“You couldn’t fault Danny for the call because it was an excellent call, except we hadn’t worked on it,’ Landry says now, then slaps his forehead. “It probably cost us the ballgame.’
One of the interesting aspects of the rivalry was the Cowboys’ consistent ability to win with teams considered otherwise inept.
Landry’s last team went 3-13. Successor Jimmy Johnson had a 1-15 record his rookie season. But Landry won his final game and Johnson his first at the same place: RFK Stadium.
Landry fidgets and then sits forward in his cushioned office chair. The Cowboys and Redskins have occupied his mind for nearly an hour. He has a business to run now, a lunch meeting to make.
He pulls up his shirt sleeve to reveal a watch. He turns its face toward his. It is time. He must return to his work.
“Those games . . . ‘ he says. “I think the things you miss when you move out of football are those games.’
Published: September 23, 2011
The Dallas Cowboys have a new merchandising arm that recently jumped into the business of producing college-logo apparel for leading universities, but the Cowboys subsidiary has already encountered a stubborn opponent — student groups that contend it is using overseas sweatshops.
Greg Sailor for The New York Times
Teraisa Bradford, left, and Natalie Yoon with Prof. Greg Jusdanis on Wednesday at Ohio State University. Ms. Yoon and Ms. Bradford are members of United Students Against Sweatshops.
Natalie Yoon, president of the United Students Against Sweatshops chapter at Ohio State, said: “This proposed licensing deal is very problematic given the Dallas Cowboys’ labor history. Just skimming the surface, we found the Cowboys produced merchandise at four factories that have egregious sweatshop violations.”
That anti-sweatshop group, with more than 150 college chapters nationwide, said Silver Star Merchandising had used one factory in El Salvador that, according to monitoring groups, threatened union supporters, had drinking water that was contaminated and illegally forced employees to work huge amounts of overtime. The group cited a second El Salvador plant that factory monitors said had spied on union supporters and put them in worse jobs at lower pay.
United Students Against Sweatshops also said that Silver Star had manufacturing done at an Indonesian factory that suddenly closed, its owners fleeing, without paying $3 million in legally required severance pay owed to its 2,800 employees.
The Cowboys’ Silver Star Merchandising subsidiary acknowledges that it, like many other American apparel companies, has used some factories that had problems, but it said it was trying to improve conditions at those facilities.
“We are very serious about our social compliance responsibilities,” said Bill Priakos, Silver Star’s chief operating officer. “We have a very aggressive code of conduct for all factories representing our brand.”
In 1996, the Cowboys became the first football team to insist on handling its merchandise rights in-house. Jerry Jones, the team’s owner, sought to extend the team’s retail expertise last year by founding Silver Star, which says it is seeking to produce and distribute college-logo apparel for a limited number of prominent universities, starting with U.S.C. and Ohio State. His son Jerry Jones Jr. is Silver Star’s president.
The anti-sweatshop groups have tussled in recent years with Nike, Gap, Russell Athletic and other companies, pushing them to improve poor conditions at some of the factories they use. Now these groups have made Silver Star their newest target, arguing that it, as the new kid on the block, has not done its human rights homework and has an especially bad track record in using factories with violations.
Rick Van Brimmer, Ohio State’s director of trademark and licensing services, said his university would not consider a licensing deal with a company that did not take workers’ rights and codes of conduct seriously.
“Whether we are talking about prospective licensees or existing licensees,” he said, “we are committed to an aggressive and meaningful corporate social responsibility program.” He said this meant engaging with “companies that share those goals” and were willing to work on corrective measures.
Both Silver Star and Mr. Van Brimmer said their philosophy was not to walk away from a bad factory, but to press the factory to make needed changes.
Julia Wang, a U.S.C. sophomore who is a co-president of the school’s Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation, said students were angry that they learned of their school’s Cowboys deal only through news reports.
“We asked how they managed to sign a deal with the Cowboys without any student input when there are all these widely known cases of sweatshop abuse in some of the factories they use,” Ms. Wang said. “We asked, ‘What are you going to do about it?’ and again and again all we’ve gotten are wishy-washy answers. We’re looking for improved policies and action.”
U.S.C. officials defended Silver Star, maintaining that it, like the school’s other apparel licensees, was intent on working with universities and factory owners to ensure that the factories complied with codes of conduct. U.S.C. officials declined to discuss the scope or value of the contract, although they said total sales of U.S.C.-themed merchandise exceeded $20 million a year.
“We believe this will give us and other parties involved an enhanced ability to track, monitor and to ideally have greater influence on those factories,” he said.
When the PT Kizone factory in Indonesia closed without paying $3 million in severance, Nike, one of the factory’s major customers, said it and one of its middlemen would put up $1.5 million toward severance. Teresa Cheng, international campaigns coordinator with United Students Against Sweatshops, complained that Silver Star had been very reluctant to help pay for severance.
“We went to the Cowboys and asked them to tell us the name of one factory they used that complied with Ohio State’s code of conduct, and they couldn’t name a single factory,” Ms. Cheng said.
Mr. Curran of U.S.C. defended Silver Star, saying it stopped doing business with PT Kizone before the factory closed — an assertion the student group contests. Mr. Curran said Silver Star was not contractually or legally responsible to help pay severance, but it “has been in contact” with “other stakeholders in an effort to find a resolution.”
As for the two El Salvador factories, Mr. Priakos of Silver Star said his company represented less than 5 percent of their production. He said a monitoring group was working with the factories to ensure that the factories came into compliance with the law and codes of conduct.
Ms. Yoon, mentioning a November 2010 e-mail by Mr. Van Brimmer, Ohio State’s licensing director, said the university had an unfair, telescoped selection process that unduly favored Silver Star. In that e-mail, Mr. Van Brimmer told Silver Star: “I may be forced into looking at ‘bids’ simply because we are a state agency. But don’t fear that process.”
Mr. Van Brimmer said the process was transparent, thorough, competitive and fair, adding, “No one was promised anything, and to classify it as a ‘charade’ is blatantly untrue, unfair and disrespectful,” to all those involved in the process.
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IRVING — When the Cowboys released Bryan McCann it meant Dwayne Hairy-Harris and quite possibly Demarco Murray could get moved to kick returns.
Harris, a sixth-round pick from East Carolina, has returned kicks and punts in college. In the NFL, Harris has four punt returns for 42 yards with no touchdowns. He has yet to return a kickoff in the NFL.
“I can do both,” Harris said. “I think I’ve done a pretty good job on punt returns, but I’m still working.”
In the Week 2 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Harris was faced with a daunting task of taking on punter Andy Lee, considered one of the top players at his position. Lee had a net average of 45.7 on Sunday with one touchback and one punt inside the 20 out of six attempts. Through two weeks, Lee leads the NFL in net average among punts at 49.5.
Harris returned a punt 14 yards in the second quarter after Lee punted it 63 yards to the Dallas 15.
The Cowboys could also use Murray on kickoffs, but he’s struggled at times. He dropped one in the end zone in Week 1 vs. the New York Jets and he also was tentative coming out to return another.
Last week, Murray didn’t get a chance, but he could on Monday night.
The uncertainty of Tony Romo likely means third-string quarterback Stephen McGee will be active Monday night against the Redskins. The Cowboys had only two quarterbacks active each of the first two weeks, deactiviating McGee on game day.
“We’ll evaluate that as we get closer based on how Tony feels,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “But that’s certainly a scenario that could be likely for this week. You want to make sure as much as you can you have the right safety nets throughout your team to handle any injuries going into the game and then certainly any injuries that happen during the game. That position is very important to make sure you have guys who can play it.”
McGee, who made his first career start in the 2010 season finale against the Eagles, said he will be ready if needed.
“I think just preparing your mind,” McGee said. “I think the biggest difference are the last 24 hours, just preparing yourself emotionally to play. My approach throughout the week is always the same, and I prepare to be the starter even though I’m the third-string guy. You never know when that opportunity comes, especially if you’re dressing out, those last 24 hours I think are really important emotionally. You have to imagine yourself out there playing, even though I don’t get reps in practice.”
The third-quarterback rule has changed this season, allowing teams to dress another player instead of their third quarterback on game day. It means McGee likely won’t dress for most of the games this season.
“It sucks for me,” McGee said. “It’s probably good for the team, though. I completely understand it, and it makes a lot of sense. You feel left out, though. When you’re in shorts and a T-shirt, you get bugged to pieces about: Are you hurt? What’s wrong with you? They get rid of you? Why are you in shorts and a T-shirt? That gets annoying. But it is what it is.”
Miles Austin and Tony Romo are just a couple of offensive weapons who have had breakout seasons with the Cowboys despite not being well known when they entered the league.
So, who’s next? Is there another Austin or Romo on this roster that could have their breakout game in front of a national television audience on Monday Night Football?
Jerry Jones was asked Friday to name a player on the current roster that could have breakout performance on the big stage.
“I think Kevin Ogletree can be a real playmaker,” Jones said. “He’s got the speed. He’s got the quickness. He’s got the savvy. He’s very instinctive. (He) naturally can do things that you can’t coach, relative to getting open. He’s a guy that can make a name for himself.”
As usual, the Cowboys owner and general manager touched on a wide-variety of topics during his Friday morning radio appearance on 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM).
Here are the highlights.
On if he is gambling by allowing Romo to play Monday night despite his franchise quarterback having a fractured rib:
“Really, I don’t look at it that way,” said Jones, who joked that Romo would play “with a leg off.”
He added: “If he feels like playing then he can play.”
On if Dez Bryant has missed any treatment or skipped any recent team meetings:
“Bryant has been making all of the team meetings.”
On how Bryant has been since the team drafted him:
“He’s certainly everything we thought he would be, period.”
On if the running game is still important in today’s game despite all of the passing that has been taking place across the league:
“I certainly know that it is. Balance is the key. But we’re seeing that you can win, imbalanced so to speak, with the passing game. But if you get those leads and you got an effective running game at the end of the game, it’s important to note that the defenses wear down. And they just aren’t the same at the end of the game as they are at the beginning of the game.
“Part of the job in running the ball is to wear them down early. … We’ve used that successfully in our past and I would like to see it again.”
On if the Cowboys have the running back that can wear down a defense late in games:
“Yes we do. Certainly, I think Felix (Jones) runs with a lot of authority and a lot of power. He was a little diminished there last Sunday. … But (DeMarco) Murray’s got enough size. Certainly Tashard (Choice) can be a good natural runner. That’s his skill, is running the football.”
On if he’s impressed or surprised by what Rob Ryan has delivered on defense through two games:
“I’m particularly impressed with how he does mix up his personnel because he’s had to because of injury. And he does have real help on the way. (Bruce) Carter is coming and of course we hope (Orlando) Scandrick will get back. He’s getting a lot of playing time out of (Barry) Church back at the safety spot. And all of this could bode well for the future, with the future being this year. We’ve got great depth in our defensive line, knock on wood. (Jason) Hatcher is coming along as we had always hoped he would since we got him, and he’s playing outstanding. … I think (Ryan has) some options with his personnel that really help his scheme and his style.”