Last time we heard from Troy Aikman on the state of the Dallas Cowboys, he was singing a pessimistic tune.
Three weeks ago on a Dallas-area radio program, Aikman said he hadn't "seen anything up to this point that's been done that makes me believe that this team is going to be better based on the changes that have happened within staff."
Don't call it a complete 180, but the Hall of Fame quarterback has certainly become a little more positive in regard to his former team in the three weeks since those critical comments. Here's what he told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday, according to Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News:
"I maintain that they're close. And I know that people keep asking, 'Hey, can Tony Romo lead this team to a Super Bowl?' And I believe that he can.
"It's hard to do. Whether or not he ultimately does it or doesn't, to me, isn't really the primary thing. The main thing is you build this team, if you believe that he is capable of doing that, which I believe he is and I believe the Cowboys feel that way as well. Then, you can put the other pieces around him and you have a chance to be really good and really competitive. And I believe that that's been the case."
One thing Aikman has been consistent on is his defense of Romo, who in reality doesn't deserve the blame for this franchise's failures. It's not always about the quarterback when you win, and the same applies when you lose. The Cowboys have fallen short despite Romo, not because of him, and Aikman sees that.
On to what else is being talked about in the NFC East...
Also from Machota: Brandon Carr and Jason Hatcher say Monte Kiffin has told them the Cowboys' 4-3 defense will resemble Seattle's.
From Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News: Stephen Jones discusses the team's desire to bring back Anthony Spencer.
From Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger: Justin Tuck was surprised to see the Giants cut three starters last week, but he says he has trust in the front office.
From ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk: Ahmad Bradshaw is excited about the possibility of becoming a Jet.
From Philly.com's Peter Mucha: Ron Jaworski approves of the Michael Vick deal.
From Elliot Harrison: LeSean McCoy is the running back on the NFL.com All-Under-25 Team.
From Mike Jones of the Washington Post: What kind of deal should the Redskins offer impending free agent Fred Davis?