I still think Stewart can be a big key in this game. Maybe not decisive, but if his abilities match his pre-scapegoat reputation, this is going to be hugely helpful:
Reid said the Eagles' offensive and defensive coaches have spent time this week picking the brain of secondary coach Brian Stewart, who was fired last season as the Cowboys' defensive coordinator shortly after the Eagles' 44-6 rout of Dallas in the final regular-season game.
"All the coaches from the offensive side have talked to him about the scheme, and he had been with Wade a long time," Reid said. "We'd be foolish not to utilize him. I know the defensive coaches have talked to him about the personnel on the offensive side."
Eagles cornerback Sheldon Brown said this game means more to Stewart than some others.
"You'd be crazy not to think so," Brown said. "It didn't work out there for him, and it looked like he was one of the fall guys. I just know this game means a lot to him."
And the trash talk continues for another week. This via Eagletarian:
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins was not mincing words when he spoke about the team's plans for trying to shut down the Eagles explosive wide receivers.
"Go out and hit them in the mouth," Jenkins told reporters. "Just be physical and hopefully we can shut them down."
However, Jenkins also praised the Eagles' DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin and understands the Birds' ability to make the big play. Still, he was not backing down.
I love this stuff. It's even better than the BS talk about "guaranteeing" a victory or whatever, because it's completely honest and not really intended to be cocky. But you can bet the young receivers hear it as a challenge.
Reminds me of this from the summer:
Mosley's follow up to PhiladelphiasFavSon: I'm assuming you didn't face a lot of press coverage in the Big 12?
Maclin: Every time they tried to press me, it didn't work out too well for them. So, no, not a lot.