Dallas quarterback Tony Romo and head coach Wade Phillips talked to Seattle-area reporters this morning during a conference call. Nothing earth shattering was revealed during the 20 or so minutes we spent talking to the two individuals.
Romo said he feels like he'll play without the splint on his finger on Thursday, if the doctors and trainers allow him to. He said he can make all of the throws, which was evident by his performance against San Francisco last week.
But of course, Terrell Owens still would like to see the ball more, which is the talk down in Dallas. Romo had this to say about getting Owens more involved in the offense and how it opens up other things for the Cowboys.
"I think it's just what coverages they play," Romo said. "I mean more than anything else, if you really want to take a guy out of the game I think you can for the most part. You just have to dedicate a few people to him at all times, and that opens up a lot of other people, especially now that we've got Roy Williams.
"So if you want to account for one guy you've got to watch it because we've played against that a few times now. And we've gotten better at understanding what to do against teams that want to take one or two guys out of the game."
Phillips was asked about the decision to stick with Marion Barber and let running back Julius Jones move on in free agency. Phillips said the team had nothing against Jones, but Barber just emerged as the main guy, and it became harder to keep him off the field.
The Cowboys signed Barber to a seven-year, $45 million deal in May of 2008. And when Jones entered free agency at the end of last season, it became apparent that both the Cowboys and Jones would go their separate ways.
"We would have liked to have Julius but there was no way we could keep him. He knew that and he was a free agent. Free agents are going to do what is best for them and it has worked out well for him, too."
Even though Seattle is 2-9, both Romo and Phillips said they're not overlooking the Seahawks. Seattle has won four of the last five games against the Cowboys, including a 21-20 win in the NFC wildcard game in Seattle where Romo fumbled the snap on the game-winning, field-goal attempt.
"We don't have the luxury of looking by anybody," Phillips said. "This is a big game for us, a really important game for us. The NFC is really tough, especially our division. We haven't accomplished anything, so this is a really big game for us and that is the most thing. We know Seattle can play and we lost to St. Louis now. I mean we lost to a team that hasn't won many games."