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The Dallas defensive players frequently profess their love for Wade Phillips. They hardly know the new head coach.

“I didn’t really deal a whole lot with him,” nose tackle Jay Ratliff said. “Whoever the head coach is, we just need to give them our all and none the less. That’s all I know to do.”

For reasons that probably make more sense than they should LeBron James’ favorite football team is the Dallas Cowboys. He’s a diehard, apparently. Thing is the Cowboys suck something fierce this season, to the point that they just fired their coach. In fact, James can’t even watch them anymore. He was too busy catching Eastbound & Down. Which really makes sense when you think about the way James thinks about professional sports loyalty and fandom.

The soap opera known as the NFC East continues to turn, and this week the public is treated to a rematch of the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants.

How times have changed. Last year, the Cowboys were 11-5 and won a playoff game.
The Giants were 8-8 and seemed to be fading as a franchise. Memories of that Super Bowl victory after the 2007 season were bittersweet. It’s wonderful to win a title, but another one seemed unlikely. The Cowboys and Giants, however, have passed like ships in the night. The difference is the Giants have become a luxury liner and the Cowboys are a rowboat.

Early in the season, the talk of the NFC East being the best division in football seemed overblown. Much of this was tied to the implosion of the Dallas Cowboys. The three remaining teams in the division, however, have been major forces across the conference, if not the league.

Among the leading teams in the conference, the three NFC East teams that remain competitive–the New York Giants at 6-2, the Philadelphia Ealges at 5-3, and the Washington Redskins at 4-4–each has the potential to unleash a dominant late season rushing attack. But which one is the best?

IRVING — The lectern was the first sign.

Rather than sit at a table like Wade Phillips did for his news conferences, Jason Garrett struck an authoritative pose while standing behind an accoutrement befitting a Princeton graduate.

Charged with the task of changing the team’s lax culture by owner Jerry Jones, Garrett wasted little time two days ago establishing that things will be different for the Dallas Cowboys while he’s interim coach.

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