Here are some items of interest from the Dallas camp:
Cowboys linebacker Brady Popinga said that his defense in order to stop Robert Griffin III they would have to make it hurt.
“I think one thing you have to do with him, especially when you have an option quarterback who’s exposed, is you have to inflict him with pain,” Poppinga said. “Not that you’re trying to knock the guy out or anything, but you have to tackle him, and you have to hit him and you have to make it to where the coach says, ‘Look, we need to protect our guy a little more’ and then they implement certain other kinds of running plays and things of that nature.”
Former Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson spoke in a more sinister vein than Poppinga and made some comments that had the affect of him writing checks that he would never have to cash. He told KESN-FM radio the following:
"We need to let him know that it's not going to be that easy or we're not going to lay down for them and we're not intimidated by him.
"The way you do that is you go out on that field and you knock him around. Even if it costs you a 15-yard penalty, and I'm only saying this if it's not a critical situation or anything.
"Sometimes you have to deliver that kind of blow and that kind of message to let him know it's going to be like this all day and not a walk in the park. We need to establish this with RG3 and the Redskins as well."
It is no secret that hitting the quarterback is a way to stop the option game, or at least slow it down. Making it happen, which 15 teams have tried and largely failed to do this year, is easier said than done.
Cowboys practice outside
The Redskins practiced in their bubble today for the second straight day even though there was no precipitation in the air. Mike Shanahan said that the blustery winds were a concern because they wouldn’t be able to film practice from the towers.
In Dallas, they were able to get Tuesday’s snow and ice off of the field and they practiced outside. Defensive end Jason Hatcher was back at practice after missing yesterday with a thigh bruise. However, Pro Bowl defensive end DeMarcus Ware was not seen at the part of practice that was open to the Dallas media.