What was it, 36-0? Washington beat us. They had no
problem handling the Philadelphia Eagles where we had to come from behind to
try to beat the Eagles. They beat the Denver Broncos; we didn't beat the
Denver Broncos. When you start to factor into all of those things, then they
are a better football team than us.
Q: You do remember you beat the Giants in overtime,
A: Yeah, but the Giants had four or five turnovers. And
if they didn't have those four or five turnovers then the game may have been
Q: How much fun is this game going to be with so much
on the line as far as the division lead and the playoff implications? Is this
what you had hoped to get involved in in Dallas?
A: Oh, yeah, definitely. This is a type of game that I
live for. I like big-time games and big-time atmosphere so that I can perform
at a higher level and do what I do best - play football and get on this stage
that I was born for.
Q: The Giants felt in that first game that had the coin
flip turned out differently they might have won because they had all of the
momentum going into overtime. Do you guys feel they had the momentum and do
you feel a little fortunate to get out of there with a win?
A: I think you do feel fortunate to get out of there with
a win. Like I said before, they are a better team and Tom Coughlin has surely
gotten them on the right track. He may have put the season at a loss last
year to get them ready for this year with the young quarterback. But they are
doing a good job.
Q: (Does) the comparison with Terrell Owens bother you
when it happened last week, or did you expect it would happen?
A: I don't even concern myself with that situation. I
play for the Dallas Cowboys and Bill Parcells. It is not my problem.
Q: I am guessing by that that it frustrated you a
little bit, then?
A: It's not my problem. I have my own problems to worry
about. I don't worry about others.
Q: What would be your biggest problem this week?
A: The Giants.
Q: Specifically, the secondary?
A: .. when you are talking about the defensive schemes;
those two ends that are bastards and they come up the field, they can really
cause some havoc. I can't pronounce that one guy's name - I just have to say
'72' and then obviously Michael over on the other side. And then their
secondary is playing pretty good; those two safeties Alexander and Wilson.
And then they bring in this young kid, Webster, who is playing solid at the
corner. And Deloatch is another solid corner. And Will Allen has always been
a solid corner in this League.
Q: We miss you Keyshawn. How much do you miss us?
A: Well, I have been gone from that place for a long
time. Those were good memories but for me now I have to move forward and look
forward to the Dallas media.
Q: A lot of people didn't think you would be a good fit
with Parcells, but it looks like you sure are. What is it about it that makes
it work for the two of you?
A: I think I could fit with anybody if they could fit with
me. The bottom line is this coach gets along with me; I get along with him.
I do everything that is asked of me for every coach that I have every played
for, every single one. I think I have had four pro coaches in my 10 years in
the National Football League and I have done everything that has ever been
asked of me. So as long as they can respect that, then they will never get
any problems out of me.
Q: You said that T.O. is not your problem, which I
respect. But do you think when your owner was quoted saying he would be
interested in him in the future?
A: The owner can say whatever he wants to say. I am
playing this year and worried about this year, and this year only.
A: It is fun. I think all of us know what makes this guy
tick; what makes him go. We go out on the football field and we try and give
him what he has gotten out of us before, which is competitive players that
compete to try and make this football team a winning football team. And so
far we have done that. We are over .500, but we are not finished. There is a
lot more football to go. And at the end of the day I would like to see
ourselves, hopefully, in the Super Bowl.
Q: Do you think whoever wins this game is going to win
A: I don't know. I know that it is definitely a big step
in the right direction with whom ever wins the game. But there is a lot more
football to go, like I said. I don't think it is doomsday one way or another
for either team. But you have to worry about this game and then there are
other games to be played. So we will see what happens on Sunday.
Q: You said what makes Bill tick that you guys
understand it. What is it that makes him tick?
A: I think - what side of the ticking measure do you
want? I know what makes him mad and I know what gets him happy. When you are
out there doing what you are suppose to do and you are playing and when he is
calling your number and you are making the plays that he thinks you can make,
it is going to put a smile on his face. Vice versa, when you do something
that is disruptive, that could cause a problem for our football team, fumbling
the ball, throwing an interception, running bad routes, not picking up your
blocking, not making your tackles, getting beat deep; that can cause a problem
for him and put him on the negative side. So you just don't do those things
and you take care of the business that you are paid a lot of money to do, and
then you will be okay.
Q: Is he the same coach that he was with the Jets, or
is there something different about him?
A: Yeah, he is the same coach to me. I really believe
that he is. I asked him a couple of weeks ago if he was still having fun
coaching and if he enjoyed it. And he told me he did. There were one or two
things that bothered him in coaching and that was pretty much it. But other
than that, he said that he enjoyed it.
Q: Seems like this has been a very emotional year for
him, though. Have you noticed that with him since the deaths in his family
and with Wellington Mara passing away?
A: No I haven't. I haven't noticed any of that. He has
been quiet and to his self at times when things have happened like this. You
try not to read too much into it. The last time I tried to read a whole lot
into something was in '99 and he decided he wasn't going to coach anymore. So
I try not to read too much into it.
Q: You guys have lost a few games probably because of
kicking. Do kickers in this league have too big an influence in the outcome?
A: No, I think that they are part of the team. You would
like for them to make their kicks. But I'm pretty sure they would like for us
to make our catches when they throw it to us. So, it's a job that you would
think is easy, but at the same time you never know what is going on in a guy's
mind with the pressure on him and knowing that everybody is watching and they
have to make a chip shot of 25 yards or whatever it is, and it goes wide left
or right, or too short.
Q: Is it difficult to play for 59 minutes and then have
a guy run onto the field and kind of determine your fate?
A: No, I don't look at it that way. When you play 59
minutes I think he is involved in that, too. He is kicking off and punting
and doing all of those other things as well. So he is involved in the game.
He may not take as many snaps out on the field but he surely isn't making the
type of money that guys like myself and some of the other key positions are
making, either. The way I look at it is that you should never put yourself in
the position to have to rely on a field goal kicker in the first place.
Q: Can you tell my Bill's demeanor this week that not
only is it a big game, but it is a big game against his former team?
A: No, not really. He is coaching the same way that he
has always coached, preparing for an opponent like this. We know how tough
the Giants are. We know what they bring to the table. We know how well Eli Manning is playing right now, and how exceptional he is. He will be on his
way to a Pro Bowl probably. We know all of those things. Our coach is
excited to go back to New York and it is a big game. It is a big game,
whether it is the Giants or the Green Bay Packers; it will be a big game for
Q: Are you expecting another one of the games that goes
down to the wire?
A: I hope not. I hope not. I hope not.
Q: Have the last couple of seasons changed the way
people see you, or perceive you?
A: I don't know. If I worry about the way you perceive me
or see me, then I am really going to get old quickly. I'm not into changing
the minds of anyone. The only thing that I ask is that you call it like you
see it and not like you want it to be. And if you need some interpretation to
understand what exactly I mean by that, then just ask me.
Q: Did you ever doubt that Bill would turn it around
with the Cowboys?
A: No, I never doubted it. That is why I came here. That
is one of the reasons. I could have went to several other teams and played
for them, believe it or. I didn't have to come to the Dallas Cowboys; nothing
said that I had to come play for Bill Parcells. But knowing him and knowing
that he was going to get this organization going in the right direction, is
what was advantageous to me in saying to myself that I could be on a winning
football team these next four, five or six years of my career that is left.
Q: Is there any one or two things that you could
pinpoint why he is able to turn around teams?
A: I think he is just a good coach. I think he has the
desire to take a team and turn them into something positive. People like
working for him and playing for him. The only people that I have ever known,
and I have know Bill now for nine years, both when he has been coaching and
when he hasn't coached, I remained close to him and the only people I have
ever seen have a problem with him are the ones that have not had success
underneath him, both players and coaches. He demands a lot of the players and
he demands a lot of the coaches. And the ones that have had success and have
went on to have success, and the ones that have been failures have went on to
Q: I assume, knowing him so well, and having been with
him, guys like you, Jason and Drew are "his guys." He always had his guys.
What do you guys do for him to help make this team successful, like off the
field, what does he expect you to do?
A: I think he just expects us to be leaders - being
leaders meaning every man on this team is a grown man. Everybody has a
responsibility to their families and everything like that. But I think the
one that he knows, and he knows certain players aren't going to get into
trouble off the field. And that is important. When I mean get into trouble
off the field, I don't mean talking smart back to the media, that is not
getting into trouble off the field. I am talking about going out and getting
caught with a gun in your car, or any of those sorts of things. That is
embarrassing to an organization and to a head coach that puts his trust into
you. Every now and then there is going to be things that ruffle feathers but
I think when you do those sorts of things it shows some kind of leadership
that he can trust in you and show these younger guys like a Barber, like a
Julius Jones, like a Patrick Crayton, that you can go ahead and do these
things and be successful at them. You don't have to always want to be in the
spotlight. The media attention comes to you; you don't have to ask for media
Q: How is your relationship with Bledsoe? Has there
been an improvement; what kind of rapport do you guys have right now?
A: We have had the same rapport since day one. When I am
open he throws it.
Q: Is that all you need?
A: Pretty much. What else? He drives my car during
training camp. We talked in the huddle, we talk off the field. We have the
same financial advisers. I don't what else - we have a good working
Q: On the field do you feel like you are the guy that
he can almost have like a security blanket? That you are the guy he can
always turn to, even if a situation breaks down, you can be that guy for him?
A: I think I can be a guy. I think he knows that we have
a couple of guys that can be that guy. He has played with Terry, he has played
with me. He has Jason Witten who he is comfortable with. He throws the ball
to Peerless when he needs to. I just think he does what he needs to do to get
the ball in the right people's hands at the right time. There are plays that
are called to go to me; there are plays that are called to go to Terry, Jason
and any other person that is in the read.
Q: What more do you want to do in your career and how
long do you see yourself playing?
A: I will probably play another five years and be done.
Probably another four to five years and be done. I would like to get to 1,000
catches; I would like to do it as a Dallas Cowboy. I would like to get to a
1,000 catches and win another Super Bowl and be done. So I am on pace to do
all of that. And if I can stay on track and do it, then I will have
accomplished my individual goals, which is winning another Super Bowl and get
to 1,000 catches.
Q: You had talked at one point about retiring at age
30. What changed that?
A: Just having fun, enjoying it, getting back with Bill. I
had actually talked about retiring in my 10th year; and just having fun and
getting back with Bill, enjoying the success that I have had. I have had
success in New York and in Tampa and I am having success here. Success to me
is being over .500. Success to me is playing the playoffs; that is success.
I am always going to catch the ball; that is easy. But the winning part of it
is what is important to me. When I know that in all of the games that I have
played in, like 160 games or whatever it is, (170) games, that I have a very
high winning percentage. That is a plus to me.
Q: Can you see the difference the Giants offense has
made in adding such a good receiver as Burress? Do you have any impressions
with what he has accomplished?
A: I think has done a good job. I think he has done a
terrific job in helping the young guy, Eli Manning, out. He is a big target;
a strong kid who is making plays down the field for them in key situations. I
think that is a plus for the New York Giants to have him.
Q: I think I read a quote that came out of the papers yesterday. You said the Giants are a better team than the Cowboys are. Could you explain or elaborate on that?
A: I just think that they are. I think they are a much better football team right now. When you look at the teams that they have beaten and the way we have beaten those teams, you have to factor that into the equation. This guy makes just a field goal, they beat the Seattle Seahawks. They beat the Washington Redskins.
Keyshawn spoke to the media about the upcoming game against the Giants.