IRVING, TX. - Dallas head coach Bill Parcells and quarterback Drew Bledsoe stated the obvious…
Does Size Matter?
Because that's where defensive tackles Dan Wilkinson and Shaun Rogers cover enormous tracts of land with their identical 6-foot-4, 340-pound frames. Thanks to the Oakland Raiders somehow listing Warren Sapp at 300 pounds (and if that's accurate, Drew Bledsoe is 150), Rogers and Wilkinson do represent the 'biggest' challenge of the 2005 season.
"Yeah, they're huge," guard Marco Rivera said. "You've just got to push on them, try to open up some cracks and let the running backs do their thing."
Rivera is the Cowboys' reigning expert on Detroit, having faced the Lions twice a year as a member of the Green Bay Packers.
"The thing about Detroit -- and I know them well, from when I was in Green Bay -- they're big on defense, and they're really as tough as we'll face all year," Rivera said. "When you play Detroit, you can expect a hard, physical game -- it's going go be a physical game Sunday."
Rivera said that the idea that Rogers and Wilkinson are nothing but immovable forces is far from accurate.
"They're both (340), but they both can run, too," Rivera said. "They're big enough that we've almost got to play a perfect game as an offensive line to be successful."
Ironically, Rivera said he almost became a Lion in the offseason. As a free agent, he considered Dallas and Detroit before signing with the Cowboys.
"I know (Detroit) Coach (Steve) Mariucci, and I respect him a lot," Rivera said. "And I know their G.M., Matt Millen. We're both 'Penn Staters.'
"To me, it came down to a chance to be coached by Bill Parcells. I grew up in New York, with his Giants teams. I got a chance to play for (Penn State) Coach (Joe) Paterno, and he's a great coach. I got to play for (former Green Bay) Coach (Mike) Holmgren, and he's a great coach. Now I have another chance to play for another great coach."
CowboysHQ.com Recommended Stories
Week 8: Super Sleepers
Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Jeb Gorham digs in his list of rankings to find the best sleepers for deeper formats. Consider giving these players a chance, but be aware of the risk! Tampa Bay…Read More
Watch: Sailfish Goes Psycho!
Check out this classic video of Dan Larson battling an acrobatic sailfish on a trip to the world-famous Tropic Star Lodge in Panama.Read More
BOMBS AWAY: ISIS BEFORE AND AFTER AIRSTRIKE
Photographer Bulent Kilic captured these amazing images of ISIS members who were on the very wrong end of an allied bombing in Turkey.Read More
TBT: Pumpkin Carving With A Handgun
While many hunters are focused on pursuing big game in late October, it’s also time to make sure you’re ready for Halloween, and specifically trick-or-treaters. In this throwback Thursday video,…Read More
Sullivan weighs seriousness of concussions
John Sullivan has suffered five concussions in his seven-year career, but he doesn’t believe his future is “in doubt.” He weighs the severity of the concussions against the number of them.Read More