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November 23, 2013

Cowboys take on Garrett's personality in responding to Giants' comments: 'We're not the talk-mess kind of team'

The Giants are calling it their Super Bowl. They’re saying blood is going to be spilled. They’re saying they’re going to be physical with Dez Bryant.

The Cowboys?

Hardly anything. On the day owner Jerry Jones affirmed his commitment to coach Jason Garrett, the Cowboys took on Garrett’s stay-focused-on-the-task personality in responding to the Giants’ pointed comments.

“The guy has so much class. He has class,” defensive tackle Jason Hatcher said. “We’re not the talk-mess kind of team. We just kept class, go in there and play football and come out. That’s all we do. We don’t talk noise. We’ll leave that to other teams. Let them talk all the noise they want to.”

Bryant said he wasn’t going to worry about the Giants’ plan to get him off his game with physical play.

“I have no comment to really none of that,” he said. “I’m not getting into no trash talk.”

Quarterback Tony Romo, too, brushed off the talk of blood, although he made it clear he knew what the Giants had been talking about.

“This Giants team is a good football team that’s playing really good right now,” he said. “They’re obviously going to be ready to go. We hear about all the stuff they’re saying this week. I think it will be a great test, and we’ll be ready to go.”

Asked why the Giants might be talking so much, Romo said, “I think that happens sometimes. They’re getting on a roll, and they understand how important this football game is. We’re just going to put our head down and go to work and let everybody else out there talk.”

For his part, Garrett, asked if the Giants’ chirping was noticed, said, “We just try to focus on what we need to do. They get themselves ready the way they want to get ready, and what we try to do is focus on the task at hand. We know the challenge. Again, we have a great respect for their football team and what they’ve done, and we’ve got to play our best on Sunday.”

Even shoot-from-the-hip owner Jerry Jones appreciates the approach.

“I have never seen any pregame quotes or during-the-week quotes that had any impact,” he said. “If I thought so, or we thought so, we would really be encouraging it. And I would have done more of it.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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