Regardless of what happens with Romo, players on the Eagles defense are not exhaling or relaxing in light of his potential absence.
“It doesn’t really affect anything,” outside linebacker
“We’re going to have the same preparation as if Tony Romo is going to play,” said defensive end
“We’re playing the Dallas Cowboys,” said defensive end
The Eagles were served a harsh reminder two weeks of what can happen when they underestimate an opponent and think a win will come easily. There will be no such letdown this time around.
“I think we learned our lesson against the Vikings when we played (Matt) Cassell and he lit us up,” Barwin said. “I don’t think anybody’s going to take Kyle Orton lightly.”
“Definitely,” Thornton said. “(That loss to the Vikings) let us know that we are touchable, that any given Sunday, if we don’t go out there with the energy, tempo and mindset that we’re going to dominate our opponent, we can be dominated.”
Against the Chicago Bears on Sunday night, the Eagles were the ones who did the dominating, decisively winning the game in all three phases and blowing out a team that could have wrapped up its division with a victory. The defense, in particular, bounced back in a big way from an embarrassing display against the Vikings, holding the league’s second-highest scoring offense to just 11 points and 257 yards, both season lows.
“We’re getting better each and every week,” cornerback
Williams, like his fellow defensive teammates, does not care who is playing for the opposition because it does not alter the Eagles’ ultimate goal in any way.
“Right now, especially this late in the season, it’s nameless, faceless individuals we’re going to face and we have to get a win,” Williams said. “It’s a must-win for us. It’s huge. You win or you go home. As far as I’m concerned, Jerry Jones could suit up, Jason Garrett could suit up, it doesn’t matter. It’s another opportunity for us to get better as a team, for us to go out there and prove to people that we’re a force to be reckoned with.”