Giants players quiet when asked about Jerry Jones comments, owner invokes Tebow

Jones really wants to beat the Giants, something he hasn't done in Dallas in three tries. (US PRESSWIRE)

It's usually the case that teams accustomed to winning tend to spend less time talking about their hopes and dreams and more time accomplishing them. The Cowboys, an outfit that won three Super Bowls between 1992 and 1995 and not a thing since, were in the news recently because owner/general manager Jerry Jones told a group of fans "Y'all should come to that (Cowboys) stadium and watch us beat the Giants' ass."

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As we said before: we don't have any real problems with Jones' remarks -- he was talking to Cowboys' fans. That's what he's supposed to say, even if he doesn't believe it. (It's akin to Vikings owner Zygi Wilf declaring that he expects his team to win the NFC North. It ain't happening but I get where he's coming from.)

Naturally, the Giants were asked about Jones' prediction. Defensive end Justin Tuck seemed unfazed, offering up a "talk is cheap, play the game" response (via the Newark Star-Ledger). Which we took to mean: "We're 3-0 in the Jerry Dome -- including the regular-season grand opening -- so empty promises aren't particularly threatening."

New York owner John Mara admitted that he missed Jones' remarks because like everybody else on the planet, he was preoccupied with what was taking place at the Jets' training camp.

"I've been so caught up in the Tebow coverage, I haven't had time for anything else." Mara said during an appearance on ESPN New York 98.7.

To be fair, Giants tight end Martellus Bennett, who was signed this offseason after spending the first four years of his career in Dallas, said last week pretty much what Jones told fans.

“I just want to kick those guys’ asses," he told the New York Post. That’s what it’s all about. We’re cool but we ain’t that cool. I’ve kind of got some ill feelings toward them overall. But it’s a game. Every game is the same where I kind of hate everybody, honestly, in the NFL.”

Apparently, Bennett has since been indoctrinated into the ways of what it means to be a winner because all he would say Wednesday is that Jones was a "good guy."

So what does this mean for the season-opening September 5 matchup between the two teams? Not much. It's a cliche but Tuck's right -- talk is cheap. It's something to pass the time during the slow part of training camps; once preseason begins, and players start competing for jobs, what Jones told a group of fans in late July won't matter. But that doesn't mean the Cowboys owner won't continue his fervent search for metaphorical black gold (video courtesy of Shutdown Corner's Doug Farrar).

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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