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Dallas Cowboys respond to Eagles trash talk

Eliot Shorr-Parks
December 07, 2018 - 7:52 am

Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill got the trash talking started earlier this week when he called the Dallas Cowboys "chokers" and said his team was going to go down to Dallas and "make them choke."

To no surprise, those quotes made their way down to Dallas -- and the Cowboys' players weren't happy. 

Here is a collection of what Cowboys' players had to say in response to Grugier-Hill's comments:

"You know, coach (Jason) Garrett has a great saying, and I don't know where he got it from, but winners worry about winning and losers worry about winners,'' Prescott said. "We're focused on ourselves in this locker room about what we need to do to get better in each and every phase of this game to be ready for this week." -- Dak Prescott, QB, via SportsDay

"Yeahhhhh, oh man. That's crazy. That's a rival game. You got guys that talk a lot. When the lights turn on, we're prepared. We just have to focus on us" -- Jaylon Smith, LB, via Jon Machota (Dallas News)

“I saw the video. It is what it is. It’s a division game. It’s a huge game obviously for us. … I didn’t really put anything into it. A lot of guys say stuff. That’s not really how I am. I didn’t really care too much.” -- Zack Martin, OL, via Jon Machota (Dallas News)

"It was actually pissing me off that I kept getting all of these notifications that a a player from the Eagles was talking about the Cowboys choking. That don’t mean nothing. That's cool to say in an air-conditioned locker room with a camera in their face, but when you got to put your hand in the dirt Sunday, it’s different." -- Antwaun Woods, DT, via Jon Machota (Dallas News)

The quote from Grugier-Hill comes just days before the Eagles' matchup with the Cowboys this Sunday, a game that will decide who is in first place in the NFC East. 

Eagles players didn't want to discuss the comment on Thursday. with quarterback Carson Wentz simply saying he had a ton of respect for the Cowboys' organization.

“I don’t wanna dive into that at all," Wentz said. "All I know is, we and myself personally, a lot of respect for that team and what they are doing this year.”

 Saftey Malcolm Jenkins -- usually very talkative -- gave short answers to each question asked about the comment. 

"I guess it could," Jenkins said when asked if the comments could be bulletin-board material for the Cowboys. "I don't know."

Defensive end Chris Long, at first joking about how much the media loved Grugier-Hill's quote, implied the quote will only add to what will be a very competitive football game. 

“You guys like that. It makes your job easier. My style is I want to get ready for the football game. I’m not going to give you guys anything to make your job easier," Long said. "But it happens. There is a lot riding on it. I think I know both teams respect each other, and at the end of the day it is going to be a hell of a competitive football game. Both teams want to be each other.”

Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox also wouldn't take the bait. 

“We are going to play a really good football team. We have to respect them. They got a lot of momentum," Cox said. "We are coming off two good games. It is going to be a battle. I think the game is going to start off really heated.”

Despite not wanting to pile onto Grugier-Hill's comments, Eagles' players did play along with the media hysteria surrounding Grugier-Hill, with receiver Shelton Gibson dressing up as the linebacker and walking around the locker room. 

The Cowboys are red hot coming into the game, winning four straight, including a win over the Eagles in Philadelphia. The Eagles are also playing the best football they have all season, winners of two straight to get back into the race for the division. 

Although he might like the confidence privately, it is hard to imagine head coach Doug Pederson will be happy to see Grugier-Hill giving the Cowboys some extra motivation heading into the game. 

Now, it is up to the Grugier-Hill and his teammates to backup the strong words from the linebacker and win on Sunday -- because the Cowboys will almost certainly remind them of the strong words if they don't. 

"It is going to be a physical, intense football game” Long said. 

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