Keith Brooking: I'm over Vikings loss

IRVING, Texas -- Keith Brooking might be considered a “little baby” in Minnesota, but he’s not crying this week about the Vikings’ rub-it-in-and-run-it-up touchdown from last season’s playoff game.

Brooking’s eyebrows went up when informed that Minnesota nose tackle Pat Williams referred to him as a “little baby.” But Brooking, who called the late touchdown classless and disrespectful after that loss, declined to engage in a trash-talk war between 1-3 teams.

“Good for Pat and his feelings about me,” Brooking said. “You would think Pat would have this figured out by now, but I’m worried about this year. Pat’s been in this league for a long time. You’d think he’d have it figured out by now, but I’m worried about this year and getting our team on track.

“Last year and what happened last year after the game it’s over with, it’s done. Obviously they ended our season and it hurt like hell for that to take place. Still don’t agree there was a time to do what they did. At the end of the day, we get paid to stop them. That’s all.

“It’s probably somewhere right in the middle as far as what’s right and wrong if that makes any sense. I’m over that now.”

Brooking ranted to Brett Favre on the field after the touchdown pass to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe with two minutes remaining. He ripped the Vikings after the game, leading a lot of people to believe that play would serve as motivational fodder this week.

But it’s not like the Cowboys need extra incentive to want to win after dropping three of their first four games. And Brooking didn’t dwell on that play for too long, saying he’d moved on by the time he reported to Valley Ranch for offseason workouts in March.

“If we were 4-0 right now, it wouldn’t,” Brooking said. “This is a totally different year and different circumstances. We’re going back there and playing again and hopefully we can perform better and make plays to help our team win.

“When toe meets leather Sunday, the last thing that’s going to be going through my mind when I’m running out there with our defense is we’ve got to get them back because they ran up the score.”