HEAD COACH JASON GARRETT
(On what he’s seen out of the Seahawks defense) “I think they’re a really good defense. They’re very talented guys and all three levels of their defense and they have a scheme that they believe in. They make it difficult on opposing offenses, there’s no question about that. They have really good run defenders on their defensive front, they got a lot of good pass rushers on their front. The linebackers are obviously off the off the charts in terms of their ability to run and make plays. The same thing with the secondary, they got a lot of guys back there. Earl Thomas is as good of a defensive player as there is in the league. Some of the faces are different, but you know, there’s still a very, very good defense”
(On if the Seahawks offense looks different) “Well, just two games into it. I think you see a lot of the same elements. Obviously, the quarterback (Russell Wilson) is an outstanding player and so much of what they’re going to do is going to go through him and play to his strengths, and he has a lot of them. He’s so dynamic with the ball in his hands and his ability to throw from the pocket, but also extend plays and challenge the defense both with his running ability and his passing ability. They have playmakers around him and they challenge a lot of different ways. We’ll have our work cut out for us.”
(On how big has been for the Cowboys defense to get pressure on the quarterback this season) “Well, the whole game starts up front, on both sides of the ball. We believe in that. We believe on offense, it’s about winning the line of scrimmage and the same thing defensively. If you can win the line of scrimmage with your down guys in the running game and then get after the quarterback, that’s going to make a big impact on the game. Seattle knows that better than anybody, that’s what had been built on for a lot of years. They’ve been outstanding. Over the course of the last few years, we’ve continued to try to build, the talent level on our front seven and try to create competitive situations where guys are fighting for roster spots and fighting for playing time and hopefully when they get out there that competition brings out the best in them. Obviously, those can be very impactful plays when you sack the quarterback behind the line of scrimmage. So, we’re certainly hopeful that we can do that again this week and as the season progresses.”
QB DAK PRESCOTT
(On his trip back to Seattle) This week, I’m just thinking about the environment in Seattle. The 12s, and just going into that game. Just feeling that environment, getting a feel for the NFL. I can only imagine going back now for when it really counts.
(On Earl Thomas) I give him a lot of respect, he’s a great player. Going back to the tape, you see a guy that flies around, studies the game the right way, studies his opponents, routes, and concepts. He’s a guy that you’ve got to know where he is at all times.
(On Seattle’s environment) I’ve played half of a game there. You hear all about it from a lot of people who have played there. I know in a preseason game the atmosphere was off the charts, but I’ve played in some loud stadiums. It’s something we’re preparing for. We’ve got the music blasting, we’ve got the communication, and it’s something we need to do to prepare.
RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT
(On Seattle’s defense) They definitely play the same way. They still have a bunch of the big names over there. They’re still very talented and when you have a defense like that with that type of attitude, they’re not going to change up.
The Seahawks and Cowboys will meet for the second time in the postseason this Saturday in Dallas. Take a look back at photos from past games played between the two teams.