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Emmitt Smith critical of current Cowboys

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

We just left the ESPN "Monday Night Football" Chalk Talk, where former players Emmitt Smith, Darren Woodson, Marco Rivera and ex-Eagles great Mike Quick served as panelists.

Most of their comments were pretty tame, but when he was asked to compare his era Cowboys to the current group, Smith didn't hold anything back.

He said the biggest difference is that Troy Aikman was willing to walk up to offensive linemen on the sideline and "chew them out" if they weren't protecting him.

"When things erupt, you need to someone to say, 'No, that's not acceptable.'"

Smith called out Tony Romo by name during his answer to co-moderator Ed Werder's question. Earlier, Woodson told me that the Cowboys were a Super Bowl team on "paper only."

The most comical/uncomfortable moment of the luncheon came when Quick said that Terrell Owens has matured because he's "taking his medicine now."

Wish I could've seen Jerry Jones' face, but he was seated 37 rows in front of me.

OK, I'm getting sick of the buildup. Can we please play this game?

(Editor's note: Please watch more of the buildup beginning at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN).