Tag:Wade Phillips
Posted on: August 29, 2010 6:19 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2010 6:19 pm
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Could Dallas' 1st team play in final exhibition?

Dallas got run over by Houston on Saturday, and coach Wade Phillips is debating about whether to play his starters in the team's fourth preseason game (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s not all that often that a coach is so upset with his team that he threatens to play the starters in the fourth and final exhibition game before the regular season begins. Since taking over Dallas in 2007, Wade Phillips certainly wasn’t the kind of coach to make that decision.

But Phillips was so disgusted by what he saw in the Cowboys 23-7 loss to the Texans Saturday that he’s thinking about doing exactly that (even if owner Jerry Jones isn’t all that concerned with the poor showing ).

"I'm not ruling out that we won't play our guys," Phillips told reporters after the game, including the Dallas Morning News’ Gerry Fraley. "We have to evaluate this."

The evaluation will probably read something like this: Dallas stunk out loud against the Texans, and for a team that is so ready to return to the Super Bowl, that’s not a good trend to start.

The defense allowed Texas’ running backs to average 4.8 yards per carry, and the Cowboys gave Houston permission to do pretty much whatever the Texans wanted. And the offense? Well, the offense wasn’t so swell either.

Fraley explains:

In five full series, the first offense produced zippo. For 12 full possessions in the exhibition season, the first offense has managed 13 points on a touchdown and two field goals. The touchdown capped an 8-yard drive against San Diego.

No wonder offensive coordinator Jason Garrett acknowledged the first offense probably will play some against Miami. It needs the work.
 
"We had too many mistakes," quarterback Tony Romo said. "We need to get better."

Romo was actually a highlight, completing 13 of 18 throws with drops by wide receiver Miles Austin and tight end Jason Witten. The Cowboys again had nothing resembling a ground game.


Even so, it’s hard to imagine Phillips putting his first team units at risk in the final tuneup before the season begins. Maybe he’ll play them a series. Two, at most. Anything else would not be very smart. Especially because we know how Jerry Jones feels about Cowboys who suffer injuries in practice .

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 9:07 pm
 

Buehler has a bad day for Dallas

D. Buehler had a bad today for Dallas (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

David Buehler has seen nothing but success with the Cowboys. He was drafted in the fifth round in 2009 and brought into town after Dallas failed to record a touchback the season prior. The result: Buehler, as the team’s kickoff specialist, led the league with 29 touchbacks last year.

Now, he’s being given the chance to fix the place-kicking problems. Last season, Nick Folk went 18 of 28. The result: Buehler will take over Folk’s old job.

So far this offseason, he’s been consistent with his kicks and has improved his technique. That is, until today when Buehler – who last place-kicked at USC, where he connected on 78.8 percent of his field goal tries during his career – went 3 for 7.

The Cowboys, though, aren’t worried.

"The wind was blowing out here, and we kicked more long ones today," Cowboys coach Wade Phillips told reporters, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram . "He was upset that he missed them, and we were too. He's been pretty consistent, and we've just got to stay with it. You've got to stay with what he's been doing well."

Buehler, it should be noted, had made 11 of 12 with the team training in Oxnard, Calif., and he’s 5 for 6 in preseason games.

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 4:35 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2010 4:36 pm
 

Jerry Jones: Eagles more consistent sans McNabb

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFC East (which we previewed with "Survivor" contestant Jimmy Johnson recently ) doesn't exactly need more drama: the Donovan McNabb trade, the Cowboys being the Cowboys, Albert Haynesworth, etc.

Just in case though ... Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones was willing to throw a little gas on the fire during an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News .

"McNabb helped create those big swings in our games over the last 10 years," Jones said. "When he played well, it was like throwing the knockout punch. When he didn’t, you were able to throw the knockout punch."

That's not necessarily an insult -- even McNabb couldn't really disagree with that statement. However, he might not be as thrilled with Jerry implying that things might be better with the new quarterback.

"I don’t see that now (with Kolb). I think Kolb and the way they’re going about it now, you won’t have those big swings one way or the other. I think every game with them is going to be a battle. Because of Kolb and because the makeup of the rest of their team is solid. And their coach, there is not a better coach in the NFL than Andy (Reid)."

No "except Wade Phillips"? I kid, I kid. No one's trying to say Wade is better than Reid, even Jerry.

But the Kolb v. McNabb argument is one that will rage all season long with whichever side is winning in the standings leading the debate. The Cowboys were previously just innocent bystanders, but you can bet that McNabb is painting even bigger mental bullseye on them after hearing their owner's comments.

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Posted on: August 9, 2010 12:11 am
Edited on: August 9, 2010 12:16 am
 

Winners and losers from the Hall of Fame Game

Posted by Will Brinson

Football is underway. That means two things: 1) we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief and 2) it's time for immediate snap judgments!

Sure, firing out winners and losers for one little football game that featured only two teams may seem a bit extreme, but, look, this is all the NFL action we've got right now, okay? So we're gonna break it down.

Winners
Doug Free -- He's was the most talked about player on the Cowboys this offseason (somehow). And he showed exactly why the Cowboys had faith enough in him to let Flozell Adams go. Granted, it was just one serious, but he looked strong, agile and acc-ur-ate, if I may quote Ben Wallace. Given Alex Barron's struggles and the injury he suffered on Sunday night, there's no reason to think Free's job is in trouble.

Jordan Shipley -- The rookie out of Texas managed to make two catches for 17 yards, which is pretty impressive when J.T. O'Sullivan and Jordan Palmer are throwing the ball. But he made his biggest impression when he made a sick 63-yard punt return to setup Cincy for their only touchdown of the game. Consider that not only is Carson Palmer being very vocal for Shipley but that Antonio Bryant is injured, and it's entirely possible we see Shipley getting a lot of action in the slot early in the season. He would do quite well there.

Tashard Choice -- Choice's "job" (read: third-string running back) is necessarily in jeopardy. But the better he performs, the more action he'll get during the regular season. And that's not even counting when the oft-injured Felix Jones eventually goes down, which he will. Choice piled up 41 yards on just seven attempts and looked vastly better than any other running back on the field outside of this guy ...

Marion Barber -- He didn't do anything -- two runs, one for five yards and one for two yards -- really special. But it's what he didn't do (fumble in the red zone) that separates him from Jones. And considering that many people felt like Felix could take over the starting role this year, well, that's a good thing.

Terrell Owens -- There's nothing special about two catches for 18 yards, but the good news for the prima donna is that it looks like the Bengals are willing to cater to him. Either that or it was just all fun and games spending the offense's first quarter targeting him at every opportunity. For Owens' part, he really did nothing wrong outside of he and Chad Ochocinco's eye-rolling Batman/Robin interview before the game. Also, he signed autographs for fans during the entire second half.

Losers
Felix Jones -- See above. If you're trying to steal carries during a season in which you bulked up to make yourself a better "between-the-tackles" back, do NOT fumble the ball on your first red zone carry of the season. There are only so many opps that Jones will get in the preseason to prove he carry the ball there before Wade Phillips just hands Barber the rock every time.

Alex Barron -- He got injured and blew any shot he had of getting the upgrade to left tackle.

Brian Leonard -- He's not exactly a fantasy monster or anything, but Leonard became a fan favorite (I think anyway -- I was rooting for him) after beating out "better" players for a roster spot during last season's Hard Knocks . Now the report is that his ankle injury "doesn't look good," which, obviously, is not good. I'll make the frowny face if Leonard is down for an extended period of time.

Dez Bryant -- His status isn't exactly getting crushed, but it's really important to note that the Cowboys have plenty of weapons on their squad. Roy Williams showed some life, Miles Austin is clearly the No. 1, Jason Witten is there, etc., etc. All I'm saying is that anyone expecting a 2,000 yard season out of Bryant already might want to slow their role.

David Buehler -- Three-for-four ain't a bad percentage, when you're talking about field goals. But he nearly missed his second one, and 2/4 would have people talking in hushed tones on Monday. He needs to crush it all preseason to keep his job on lockdown.

John Phillips -- He's at the bottom only because he was balling so hard that he suffered an injury later in the game. Phillips ended up being the early star of the show, catching four balls for 60 yards (and the first two were on horrible Jon Kitna passes, no less) and laying down some pretty sick blocks. He probably won't be seeing a ton of playing time because of Jason Witten and Martellus Bennett, but let's just hope the injury isn't too serious. (Edit: Moved him to the "losers" section since it appears he tore his ACL . Ugh.)

Jordan Palmer/J.T. O'Sullivan -- If Carson Palmer doesn't stay healthy this year, things will not go well for the Bengals.

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 5:00 pm
 

That thing I said yesterday? Um, never mind

D. Bryant holds his ankle after injuring it at Friday's practice (AP). Cowboys owner Jerry Jones put himself in the unusual position of having to backtrack on some of his comments to the press.

After first-round pick WR Dez Bryant suffered a high ankle sprain Friday that will keep him out four to six weeks, Jones told ESPN, "It's really disappointing, and it really causes you to ask what you can do in practices that can mitigate some of the exposure to some of these injuries. It's a real challenge for everybody. The key thing is you ask yourself, 'Are we pushing him too hard; does it happen at the end of practice when the players are tired?' ... You generally are more prone to injury when you're tired. I just spoke with Dez. He's upset, worrying about how many preseason games he'll miss. He's really worked hard for us."

This quote isn’t that incendiary, but it smacks of a meddling owner (No! Not Jerry Jones!) who thinks he should be the one running the practices. It’s not that big of a deal, except that the words came from the mouth of Jones, and it’s the fact that coach Wade Phillips also seems a loss or two away from drawing unemployment.

True, Bryant was working at receiver – he was trying to take away Roy Williams’ job, but he also was getting plenty of work as a kick and punt returner. On the other hand, Dez Bryant was suspended for most of his final season at Oklahoma State, and he knows he needs all the work he can get. Which, I thought, was the main reason he was the first first-round pick to sign – so he could practice as much as possible.

Anyway, Jones decided to take another crack at discussing the issue Saturday.

"I'm not being critical,” Jones told reporters today. "What I’m being is analytical, or trying to be analytical. This is when you all sit down and look at everything you're doing and see if there's some things you can do to help protect your team better, especially during this time five, six weeks away from opening game."

Phillips later said he wasn’t offended by Jones’ comments.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 7:51 pm
 

Bryant deflects the latest controversy

Dez Bryant already is acting like a veteran. Something goes wrong, blame the media. Get beaten up across the national airwaves, blame the media. That’s what he did today when he was asked about refusing to carry fellow WR Roy Williams’ pads after practice.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram recorded his words.

"It was never an issue," Bryant said. "Y'all made it an issue. It was never nothing. Y'all are trying to turn it into something.

"I have been trying to do the right thing. Y'all are trying to turn it into something negative. I am going to continue to do the right thing.
Everybody on the team likes me, and I like everybody on the team. Y'all are trying to put me and Roy against each other. That is not going to happen. We are trying to do something real special here. We are going to continue to keep trying to do that."

I suppose it’s possible Bryant is telling the truth. But after talking to Dallas coach Wade Phillips after the incident, it’s funny how quickly Bryant’s attitude changed.

Still, it sounds like a punishment is in order. Perhaps dinner for assorted teammates on Bryant’s credit card. Bryant told reporters that was just fine by him.

In other Cowboys news, RB Felix Jones was held out of Tuesday’s second practice, because he had some swelling in his knee. Phillips told reporters he expects Jones back by Wednesday.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 6:26 pm
 

Wade Phillips has 'a little chat' with Dez Bryant

Yesterday, rookie sensation (and future Canton inductee, based on his first two days at practice, obviously!) Dez Bryant made a lot of noise with his play on the Cowboys practice field. He made more noise with his refusal to carry veteran Roy Williams' pads.

Today, according to ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins, Wade Phillips had a little something to say to Dez .
Dez Bryant walks out onto the field today and Wade Phillips has a little chat with him. Whether that chat involved the words "You WILL carry my spare ribs" no one can know for sure. But more than likely, it served as the Cowboys' manner of letting Dez know that future disrespect -- whether intended or not -- towards veteran players would not go over well.

If we're all lucky, Bryant will become his own character in Kissing Suzy Kolber's ever-popular "Wade and Jerry" series (warning: strong language). And if Bryant's lucky, Williams won't' have to order a code red on the youngster.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 6:11 pm
 

Wade Phillips has 'a little chat' with Dez Bryant

Yesterday, rookie sensation (and future Canton inductee, based on his first two days at practice, obviously!) Dez Bryant made a lot of noise with his play on the Cowboys practice field. He made more noise with his refusal to carry veteran Roy Williams' pads.

Today, according to ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins, Wade Phillips had a little something to say to Dez .
Dez Bryant walks out onto the field today and Wade Phillips has a little chat with him. Whether that chat involved the words "You WILL carry my spare ribs" no one can know for sure. But more than likely, it served as the Cowboys' manner of letting Dez know that future disrespect -- whether intended or not -- towards veteran players would not go over well.

If we're all lucky, Bryant will become his own character in Kissing Suzy Kolber's ever-popular "Wade and Jerry" series (warning: strong language). And if Bryant's lucky, Williams won't have to order a code red on the youngster.

-- Will Brinson

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