Tag:Wade Phillips
Posted on: October 26, 2010 5:09 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 5:11 pm
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'Boys expect Romo to miss 6-8 weeks, no surgery

Posted by Will Brinson

Perhaps you've heard something about Tony Romo and his fractured left clavicle in the past 12 hours or so -- it's been mildly important news, considering that it signified the end of Dallas Cowboys football for 2010.

Or maybe not; the Cowboys appear to be on the optimistic end of science when it comes to Romo's recovery, as they issued a statement today indicating that Romo would miss "just" six to eight weeks and that he would not require surgery.

Much of the potential damage on a shoulder injury like Romo's is contingent on where exactly on the shoulder the injury occurs. Presumably, Romo's injury wasn't as bad as it initially seemed.

Still, the Cowboys only offered up an "estimated recovery time" -- medical timelines are almost never set in stone, and if Dallas doesn't win more games in the next six weeks than they did in their first six weeks, it's hard to fathom that the franchise would push Romo back onto the field just to make a run away from the top of the draft.

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 1:47 pm
 

Jones not ready to ax Phillips yet

Dallas coach Wade Phillips will have some work to do in order to keep his job after this season (Getty) Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Once again, the Cowboys lost a game. Once again, Dallas owner Jerry Jones was asked about coach Wade Phillips’ job security. Once again, Jones refused to offer up Phillips to the sacrificial gods.

The latest give-and-take occurred about an hour after the Cowboys finished up their 41-35 home loss to the Giants on Monday, and Jones was asked about his confidence level that Phillips could turn around a 1-5 Dallas squad.

"I don't think about doing anything differently having only played six ball games, period. I don't," Jones said, via ESPN Dallas. "I just don't want to answer the question, and any way I answer the question can be termed negative and it shouldn't be."

As for a coaching change?

"We've got a big challenge here and I don't need to be mixing and matching at this stage, I just don't," Jones said. "We got a long way to go."

It’s difficult to see, though, how this ends well for Phillips. The Cowboys were thought to be a Super Bowl contender – stated very publically by Jones – and so far, they’ve been nothing short of brutal.

Besides, if Jones were to fire Phillips mid-season, who would he hire to fill that spot? Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett? Don’t think so. Secondary coach Dave Campo? We’ve seen how that play ends before.

So, what to do? Well, Jones probably won’t say anything bad about Phillips until he fires him after the season is complete. Unless the Cowboys are, say, 1-12 in a few weeks. Then, all bets are off, and maybe, taking a page from Ted Turner, Jones could coach the team himself.

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 8:57 am
 

The Cowboys (obviously) are in trouble

T. Romo will be out six to eight weeks with a broken clavicle (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s hard to overstate just how devastating the Tony Romo broken clavicle will be for the Cowboys. It seems like everybody this morning is calling the Cowboys a dead team walking – and Wade Phillips a virtual ghost in a Dallas polo – and they’re exactly right. Forget the playoffs. Without Romo, the hope is gone.

Romo isn’t the best of the best, but he’s a pretty good starting quarterback (completing 69.5 percent of his passes this year for 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions; he also is ranked sixth in the NFL with a QB rating of 94.9).

Now, the Cowboys have to count on Jon Kitna – a serviceable backup who isn’t going to win you many games as a starter. The last time Kitna won more games than he lost as a starter was with Cincinnati in 2004. He went 2-1 that season, but since then, he’s 10-26. Nice guy, but not a guy who will turn around your season and lead you to the playoffs.

Clearly, the news of the potential season-ending injury was disappointing to Romo.

"I tried lifting my shoulder, it hurt like heck," Romo said after the game, via the New York Post. "I thought it was going to be a good sprain. I was upset, disappointed, I was frustrated. I was having a hard time breathing. You work very hard to play in these games."

For his part, Michael Boley – the Giants LB who knocked Romo out of the game and flushed the Cowboys season down the toilet – wasn’t necessarily delighted with the final result of the play.

"When he hit the ground I heard he let out a little scream so I kind of knew something was up," Boley told reporters. "I didn't think he was laid out, I thought it was just a normal hit. After I got out and started running I looked back after the play was over, (and) he was still down."

“It was just a play we had drawn up. The guard didn't see me, he blocked down on the tackle and both backs went to the other side so I came scot-free. Any time somebody gets hurt, we're all a fraternity. You hate to see people get hurt. It's something you hate to see. I wish him the best."

And as for Kitna, the man who once guaranteed the Lions would win 10 games (hint: they didn’t)?

"I am prepared to lead this football team for however many weeks that is," Kitna said, via the Cowboys official site. "It is not something that I am scared of or anything like that. I wish that this opportunity didn't come because I think it's bad for Tony (Romo), it's bad for this football team for that to happen. But, it's here and I have confidence in myself and confidence in my teammates that we'll get some things ironed out. We'll start seeing things on the same wavelength and we will be fine moving forward."

If by fine, he means a disaster of a season that ends with the firing of the head coach, then yeah, everything will be fine.
 
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Posted on: October 26, 2010 2:00 am
Edited on: October 26, 2010 2:01 am
 

F&R NFL Approval Matrix Week 7

Posted by Will Brinson

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at NY Mag), we present the NFL Approval Matrix. It's running late this week because we really wanted to include Wade Phillips Disembodied Head. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 1:36 am
Edited on: October 26, 2010 1:37 am
 

The night they drove Old Dallas down

Posted by Will Brinson

It's pretty safe to say that you can bury the Dallas Cowboys hopes for a Super Bowl season in 2010 -- with Tony Romo's broken left clavicle keeping him out for up to a couple of months, it seems unlikely that Dallas can make a run

CBSSports.com's Michael Freeman, on location in Dallas, joined me on a postgame edition of the podcast to discuss whether or not it's time to give up on Dallas, if Wade Phillips is keeping his job, just how incredible an athlete Dez Bryant is, if the Giants are the best team in the NFC now, and whether or not Phillips cried at his press conference following the embarrassing home defeat to the Giants.

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 5:41 pm
 

F&R NFL Approval Matrix Week 6

Posted by Will Brinson

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at NY Mag), we present the NFL approval matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).

Click to embiggen.
Posted on: October 18, 2010 5:09 pm
Edited on: October 18, 2010 5:15 pm
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Posted on: October 18, 2010 3:17 pm
 

NFL Week 6 Podcast Review

Posted by Will Brinson

Week 6 of the NFL is almost in the books and Sunday provided some pretty big storylines.

For instance: who's more desperate, the Chargers or the Cowboys? Does the NFL need to do something about all the ridiculously violent and dangerous helmet-to-helmet hits taking place?

What do we make of Kevin Kolb's sudden ability to throw the deep ball? Is there any really dangerous team in the NFC? Are the Jets or the Steelers the best team in the NFL? How big of an impact did Deion Branch have on the Patriots?

Okay, so those are questions, and not storylines, but the answers provide the stories, and that's what Andy Benoit and I provide in our weekly podcast review.

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