Step forward Jeremy Shockey.
Scenario: You are on a three game slide and in the run up to what is the biggest game of your season thus far against your major divisional rivals. Your team is in near meltdown with coaching/QB controversies and more in-house dissent than the Cincinnati Bengals
You are a leader on your team.
a) talk humbly about the challenge ahead and getting things right on Sunday
b) issue an emotional rallying call to your warring teammates
c) talk some trash to your opponents, declaring that there is "no way in hell" they beat you" thus handing them some prime motivational material
If you're Tom Brady, you probably do "a". If you're Carson Palmer, "b". If you're a prime time ass wipe, you do c and further inflame an already combustible situation, as per Shockey (who has not covered himself in glory this season with his public commentary on the Giants) in this report
Once again, we see the wisdom of the team-building approach the Patriots have adopted, as well as the way the players have subscribed to the one-for-all team philosophy.
In all likelihood, the Cowboys needed no more motivation for this game than getting past the Giants into the division winning slot, but even so, this just seems dumb, dumb, dumb.