Last year during the lead-up to the Redskins game, defensive end Stephen Bowen was talking to his close friends DeMarcus Ware, Jason Hatcher, Marcus Spears and Tashard Choice every day, and they, “hung out all the time.”
Now that he’s on the flip-side of the rivalry, he’s followed Tim Hightower’s strategy against the Cardinals, and hasn’t spoken to his former teammates at all.
“No, no, not at all, I’m definitely take the Tim-approach,” he said. “I don’t want to give them a vibe for how we feeling, I don’t want to give them any kind of intuition into anything.”
The next time he goes into Cowboys Stadium, it will be in the visitor’s locker room. The next time he sees the Dallas star on the 50-yard line, it will be with a chorus of boo birds in his ears. But none of that is going to distract him from his singular focus: to beat Dallas.
“It’ll be different, but we’ve got one goal, and that’s to come out with a win,” he said. “We’re gonna do whatever it takes, and I’m gonna do whatever it takes this week, whether it’s putting in long hours or watching even more intense film, even though I know those guys. I really want this win.”
Bowen has had a whirlwind ride to arrive at this moment, training throughout the offseason with DeMarcus Ware in Dallas, leaving in free agency, and returning with the arch-rival.
But as far as Bowen is concerned, it’s not about anything that he has to prove, personally.
“No, it’s not that point,” he said, shaking his head. “They may feel that way after the game, but my goal is just to go out and help my teammates win. Just do what I can, whatever it takes.”
By any means necessary.
“It’ll be a good homecoming, going down there, especially winning,” he said with a smile. “It’s a competition, and it’s whoever can get to the top. Right now, we’re at the time, and we’re trying to hold our position.”
Check out his full video, including an update on his child, below:
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