Q: With Jerry and what he said, is there such a thing as bulletin board material? I mean, you're going to play them in the season opener, you think enough would be on the line?**
A: I don't think a lot of guys on our football team need bulletin board material to be excited and ready to play against a division opponent. The Cowboys are obviously one of the teams that we play twice a year. They're very familiar with us; we're very familiar with them. There aren't a lot of secrets between the two teams. It's really just a matter of strapping up and going out there and try to put yourself in the best position to be successful.
Q: Chris, are you surprised a guy like Jerry Jones doesn't realize that this doesn't work?
A: Well, it depends on how you look at it. He's a very successful business man. What the Cowboys were worth when he bought them and what they're worth now, you be the judge. Obviously, they haven't had the success they wanted down there, the last couple of seasons. We see something that obviously they wanted to do to excite their fan base and instill confidence in their football team. If that's how they choose to do it, then that's how they choose to do it.
Q: How are you feeling? Do you feel like since camp started you made progress towards where you want to be?
A: Absolutely, absolutely. We're doing more lifting, more running. I'm just excited to continue to build on the progress that we're making with the medical staff and trying to make sure I stay in tune, mentally with the football side of things, so that when I'm allowed to transition and get on the field and get in the practices, I'm ready to go.
Q: The pass rush was huge for this team last year, how nice is it to look around and realize, I've got everybody back?
A: It's a good feeling, to make sure that we maintain that continuity. Keep everybody in the group together. It's amazing having so many talented individuals in the room. We're very competitive but we also can kind of keep each other in check. Just making sure that everybody understands their roles and understands that everything is for the benefit of our football team and putting the team above self. It's very important and it starts upfront.
Q: Are you sure you'll be ready for the opener, or is that at all doubtful?
A: I don't know. I don't know. That's just a situation where I have to… the coaching staff and the medical staff. They're probably the better people to ask that question. I feel good, but if they told me I'm not ready, I'm not ready. I trust them whole-heartedly. The fact of the matter is, Coach said it's going to be a little time, it's going to be a little time.
Q: Chris, when a teammate gets suspended for performance enhancing drugs, how do you react?
A: It's tough, it's tough. I believe you're referring to Tyler and the situation. It's tough because he's definitely a very talented young player, whose really starting to come into his own right about now. The light bulb is coming off sort of speak, so you hate to have him have this kind of setback. That being said, we have all the confidence in him. We trust him. We know that once he's done with his suspension, he'll have himself in the right frame of mind and be ready to go.
Q: Chris, just being around Osi, can you tell that he's happier, that he's healthier, since it's the first year he's been healthy in a while?
A: Osi is Osi. He's always going to be a happy guy, he's very… He's always joking around with his teammates. He always comes down to the practice field and works hard. He's always been a great teammate. He's always been a heck of a performer on the football field, so those two things have not changed.
Q: So even when he was going through that last year he's the same guy?
A: Same guy, same guy. I don't think you can be as good as he is, without being consistent, and he's very consistent.
Q: What is there to say about this team, you look around here, there's no big glaring signs that say welcome to the home of the two-time Super Bowl champs, this and that. What does this say about the attitudes of this team?
A: You have to put all of that behind you. You've got to put the rings on the shelf, get your mind and your body physically prepared, mentally prepared, spiritually prepared to go out there and compete. Obviously, last Super Bowl win was great. Can we take some of the lessons that we learned from that experience and transition them, yes. But can we rest on our laurels because we won a Super Bowl, no. We understand that and everybody in the locker room understands that. We've got that hunger, we're ready to get out there and we're looking forward to compete.