“We’re here to win a Super Bowl. We’re here to contend in the playoffs. We’re here to build on what we’ve built already. As far as I’m concerned they can play those games. I don’t care,” said Williams. “Jason Garrett can get out there. Jerry Jones can get out there. It doesn’t matter to me, it doesn’t matter to anyone else in this locker room. We’re on a mission and they’re in our way. Period.”
Williams added a little extra sizzle to his always entertaining locker room sessions Tuesday. It was pretty clear his mind had clicked into playoff mode, and he wasn’t to be bothered about which quarterback will suit up for the Cowboys Sunday night. It will be Orton by the sounds of it, though Dallas hasn’t officially ruled Romo out yet.
The veteran corner says there is no need to be concerned about a letdown should the backup quarterback play for Dallas, as expected.
“It’s something that doesn’t need to be talked about. If you win, you’re in. If you don’t, you go home,” said Williams. “We want to get some [playoff] checks, no doubt, we want to extend our season. We’re going to go out there and battle and it’s going to be fun, man. It’s at 8:30. Prime-time football, who doesn’t want to show up for that?”
Williams agreed with Billy Davis‘ sentiment earlier in the week that the team learned a valuable lesson from the Minnesota game. The Eagles are fully aware of what happens if you don’t dedicate 100 percent of your attention to the opponent, however depleted they might be. That is one reason the Eagles don’t anticipate a letdown if Orton is the guy instead of Romo. The other reason is simply the nature of the situation: everything is on the line, so there’s no room for easing off the pedal.
“A this point there is no distraction. We’re trying to go to the playoffs,” said Cedric Thornton. “We’ve gotta be 1-0. Dallas is in the way right now, so we’re definitely going to be prepared and lay it all on the line for this Dallas game for the games to come.”
This is a relatively young and inexperienced group, with a few exceptions sprinkled in here and there. Williams, for one, is just a year removed from a Super Bowl championship with the Ravens.
The key to success in big games?
“If anybody wants to come talk to me about playing in big-time games, I’ve got plenty of stories,” said Williams. “But it all comes down to your training and all the work you put in for this moment, for these opportunities. You train well, you work hard and those things will come out on Sundays. I think [the younger players] have done a tremendous job so far working to get them to where they are right now, and all we have to do is rely on those things and those things will come.”