The New York Giants are not in the same class as the Dallas Cowboys, so says Troy Aikman.
The retired Cowboy and FOX analyst caused quite the stir when he uttered those words this week.
“The amount of pressure that this offense puts on an opponent — because they are so explosive that there’s a lot of pressure for an opposing offense to feel that they’ve got to go do something every time they have the ball,” Aikman told The Muse this week.
“And if they don’t, they’re going to be down two scores. That’s going to be the challenge for the Giants. They’re coming off a big win, but they’re, in my opinion — and I understand in the NFL anybody can beat anybody and all that — but [the Giants] aren’t in Dallas’ class as far as I’m concerned.”
According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, Aikman’s comments have struck a chord in the Giants locker room as players have “taken notice” of the three-time Super Bowl Champion’s critique as his words might serve as “21st central virtual bulletin board material.”
Head coach Joe Judge responded back on Friday.
“We don’t even have a bulletin board in there, to be honest with you. Everything’s screens and magnets and stuff now. We’re in the future now, so we don’t have bulletin boards anymore. Look, these guys are all active on Twitter and all that type of junk, so I’m sure they see stuff all the time,” Judge told reporters on Friday.
“I don’t think we really need any external motivation to show up and do our jobs and do them effectively, to be honest with you. I think you have to understand the magnitude of every game you play. These division games are obviously no different, so if we need somebody else to kind of get us in the mind frame to play, I think we have other issues at hand.”
Defensive lineman Leonard Williams added, “I think everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. That’s those guys job is to make predictions and all that type of stuff. It’s my job to come here and get better and practice and focus on winning the game,” Williams said.
“It really is any given Sunday. If you devalue the team you’re gonna go against, you’re not gonna prepare the same and you can get upset. You can’t overhype the team, as well, because you obviously have to feel like you have to compete with them,” he added, via the New York Daily News.
Both teams will square off tomorrow at AT&T Stadium.