Glenn downplays harsh comments
FOXBOROUGH -- With just less than six minutes remaining in the third quarter, Terry Glenn caught his first -- and only -- pass of the game. It was on an 8-yard sideline pattern. When he got up, he heard most of the sellout crowd at Gillette Stadium booing him like he's never been booed before.
"It's nothing I didn't expect," said Glenn, following the Dallas Cowboys' 12-0 loss to the Patriots last night. "I was here last year [with Green Bay]. I expected it. It's nothing new."
The acrimony between Glenn and the Patriots is well-documented. But what added fuel to this matchup were comments he made in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram last week in which he was quoted as saying he hated everything about New England.
"I was talking to a reporter there and I was just kidding with her," Glenn said. "It wasn't said seriously at all. I also said I had a lot of great memories up there and had some good things to say about the fans, but that never got into the story. I was just playing with her, and it came off seriously."
Glenn spent nearly 20 minutes speaking to former teammate Troy Brown after the game in the Dallas locker room. Brown and Glenn have always been close, except for a brief split when Brown spoke out against Glenn in his last days with the Patriots. Last night, the two exchanged phone numbers and promised to keep in touch.
The Patriots defense kept in touch with Glenn all night. It covered him like a blanket.
"They played great defense," said Glenn. "It was great coaching on their part."
Asked whether he had said anything to coach Bill Belichick before or after the game, he said, "No. But there are no hard feelings. We've both moved on. I'm here in Dallas now, and he's won a Super Bowl in New England. I don't think about that stuff anymore. There's no reason to."
The Patriots were keying on Glenn, who injured his right forefinger during the game. The Patriot cornerbacks were jamming him at the line of scrimmage, getting physical with him. In the past, Glenn has often been neutralized when the opposition has gotten physical. And with Ty Law and Tyrone Poole pressing him and Rodney Harrison trying to smack him, Glenn was taken out of the picture.
"That was the plan, that was the plan," said Harrison. "He was doing his running with his mouth before the game. We don't have to run our mouths."
Glenn was not helped by the fact that the Cowboys were missing wide receiver Joey Galloway, who was nursing a quadriceps injury. Quarterback Quincy Carter, for most of the game, threw to Antonio Bryant and his tight ends and backs.
"They just made it so I couldn't catch the ball," Glenn said.
The one other time Glenn was open, Carter threw it 5 yards short and Poole intercepted it.
"It was frustrating, it really was, but they're a very good football team," said Glenn. "This one hurts because we wanted to come in here and win this for Bill [Parcells]. We know it meant a lot to him to win here. It was a game we were all looking forward to. The perfect ending would be to come in here and win the game, but we came up short. We've had a good year so far and we have to make sure this keeps going. We can't let one loss get in the way."
Glenn, 29, said that physically he's never felt better. "I feel like I'm 25 years old again," he said. "This whole situation here has made me feel good again."
Glenn said he was happy to see some of his old teammates, but that he was glad the game was over and he was out of here. And New England fans seemed to feel the same way.
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