With the Dallas Cowboys facing a quick turnaround for Thursday’s game against the Washington Redskins, coach Jason Garrett didn’t want to spend too much time talking about the team-record ninth straight win following Sunday’s 27-17 victory against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Cowboys broke a tie they had with the 1977 team for the longest single-season streak in franchise history. The Cowboys (9-1) are also the first team in franchise history to open the season 0-1 and then real off nine straight wins.
“We’re not going to spend a lot of time on that, to be honest with you,” Garrett said. “We wouldn’t really on any week, but particularly this week. The big thing for us is to process this game quickly and move forward. We’re going to play Thursday afternoon here at our place against a division opponent, so we’ve got to get our eyes onto preparation quickly. We’ll do that as coaches starting tonight and our players will be involved tomorrow. So that’s really where our focus and attention is.”
That’s where Garrett’s focus is and he sets the tone for the team.
Still a few Cowboys paused to given reverence to what they accomplished while acknowledging that bigger goals lie ahead.
“Yeah, it’s great, but they don’t hang banners after 10 weeks,” tightj end Jason Witten said It’s a testament to this team and the closeness of it and how we work and really going back a long ways. But we’ve got to continue to play that way moving forward in all three phases. It was a really good win for our football team.”
Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, however, put things in perspective best. While the record and the winning streak are surprising for those on the outside, Elliott said this team expects greatness.
It’s another example of how Elliott and rookie quarterback sensation Dak Prescott have become leaders of the 2016 Cowboys.
“I’m a competitor, we’re all competitors,” Elliott said. “This is what we expect. If you don’t expect to be great, then how are you going to be great? So it’s a mentality, you expect to be great and great things happen, so we’ve got a lot of the right parts to be special and we’ve got to make sure we keep getting better, we’ve got to make sure that we just go out there and get better every week. That’s all it is. It’s a long season and what we’re doing now really doesn’t matter. It’s 16 weeks long, so we’ve just got to keep building on this.”