IRVING, Texas -- Technically the Cowboys were not given the day off by coach Jason Garrett with a Victory Monday, but they did not have a team meeting.
“Jason said that, ‘Hey get in, get your lift, get your treatment, get together as a group and watch the tape,’” tight end Jason Witten said, “so I think he’s giving us the opportunity to take responsibility but at the same time give us a bone of not having to be there all day. But the guys have been in all day, watching tape, getting workouts in. It’s a good mentality to have and we know we’ve got a long way to go. This wasn’t a Victory Monday of, ‘Hey we’re where we want to be.’ It’s just, ‘Hey get some rest. We’ve got a big three weeks coming up.’”
The Cowboys moved to 4-4 at the midway point with a 23-14 win against Seattle. With the second half starting Sunday against Buffalo, Witten knows the time to make a push is now.
“I think we feel the urgency that has to happen,” Witten said. “There comes a point in every season for every team that you have to start to step it up. You see the good teams do that every year. We’ve had some tough losses and obviously some big wins but we’re at the point where we have to stack them up … We know we’ve got to take them one at a time but you’ve got to stack them up to stay in the hunt. The best teams and the best players do that. They start to play their best football at this time of the year. I think we’re the type of team but we’ve got to show it. We’ve got to do it.”