Yesterday we heard from Dallas Cowboys fullback Lawrence Vickers that he wants bragging rights against the Cleveland Browns because of the five seasons he played there. Vickers also mentioned the game this Sunday is personal for him, which seems to be a popular opinion around the Cowboys this week.
Today defensive coordinator Rob Ryan also said this game against the Browns will be personal, “Any time you pour everything you have into it and apparently management didn’t see it as if it was good enough, of course it’s personal.”
It also sounds like Ryan has let his feelings toward the Browns organization be known to his defense because Jason Hatcher also mentioned it was a personal thing for the Cowboys defensive coordinator.
Who knew the Browns and Cowboys had such a heated rivalry?
It’s understandable that players and coaches would have an animosity towards certain organizations but in all fairness to the Browns, there is a new ownership group in place. The “personal” beef for Vickers and Ryan makes little sense now because most of the people responsible for what happened to them in Cleveland are gone.
I’m all for doing anything to motivate players and coaches but I’m hoping it doesn’t cloud any of their judgements on Sunday. The Cowboys need to come out of this game with a win and that should be the focus, not bragging rights. It appears Bruce Carter agrees with me because here’s what he had to say on the subject:
“We don’t want to make it too personal and get out of our game.”
I love the mentality from Carter and let’s hope Vickers and Ryan don’t take it too personally on Sunday. The object is to win the game, revenge, as Paul Newman says, is for suckers.
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