tr1 Posted August 4, 2007 Share Posted August 4, 2007 They've sent Romo sits to pee out to say how 'hard' it is in camp...too much negative press about Club Wade, I guess... :laugh: 01:16 AM CDT on Saturday, August 4, 2007 http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/football/cowboys/stories/080407dnspocowlishaw.3534237.html SAN ANTONIO – Wade Phillips poses for a picture with a scout's relative during practice. The most minor injuries send players to the sidelines. A clamorous Dallas church group sings and chants through three days of practice while Rowdy entertains fans in the end zone. This isn't the Cowboys' first summer circus, just the latest version. Ever since Wade Phillips was hired to replace Bill Parcells, suspicions that the inmates would be running Jerry Jones' asylum in 2007 have prevailed. Under the big top that is the Alamodome, this training camp has done little to dispel that notion. Practicing indoors in a pleasant air-conditioned climate, there is no full-out tackling. This is about as far as one can get from Jimmy Johnson's practices in the Austin steam that featured running backs being tackled in "middle drills" every morning. But Phillips said the emphasis is keeping veterans healthy for the season, not beating each other up in practice. Maybe so. But if the idea was to do a complete reversal from the Bill Parcells years, consider this mission accomplished. In practice, there is little screaming coming from the coaches, certainly none of it from the head coach. But quarterback Tony Romo sits to pee said this team is doing just as much to prepare as last year's club. "It's a misconception that every team has to have some kind of dictator figure," Romo sits to pee said. "I don't think the word 'laid back' is correct. Wade's not going to let guys get away with stuff. But he understands that we're grown men." Wide receiver Terrell Owens, who returned to the field Thursday after missing three practices with a hamstring Phillips said was "sore, not injured," said he has been in similar camps. "Soft? No. Different coaching style? Yes," Owens said. "For a lot of you guys that have never been around coaches that give veterans days off, that's what they tend to do. Obviously, it was different with Coach Parcells, where you didn't see those type of things. When I was with San Francisco, it was a thing they did." Phillips limits the number of two-a-days, but so do a lot of other teams in the league. As salaries have escalated, so has the need to make sure the highest-paid players are on the field in September. Phillips' method is to make the leaders of the team take care of the accountability factor. It has worked before. Despite his lack of playoff success as a head coach, he does have a winning record. And after four years of Parcells – four years in which the Cowboys added to their streak of not having won a playoff game – everyone in the organization needed a breath of fresh air. That's not to mention the fact that Parcells' Cowboys teams tended to wear down in December. Maybe, just maybe, Phillips is aware of that. Parcells controlled everything that went on in and around training camp. Or, at least, he attempted to. The idea of him posing for pictures during a punting drill is ludicrous. But Phillips isn't worried about what kind of image he's projecting. He makes it clear he's here to coach the football team, not rebuild the organization in his image. Consider another key difference between the last two coaches. Parcells changed things at Valley Ranch because they had to be changed. When he was hired, the team had endured three straight 5-11 seasons. Even though Parcells didn't achieve the kind of success he or Jones hoped he would, the Cowboys made the playoffs twice. The roster Phillips inherited is far better than the one Parcells was handed. If practices look a lot different this year, they also are fast-paced and seemingly productive. Phillips and his coaches are able to stand back and let the players run the plays and drills. "We had a ton of [organized team activities] and mini-camps, so it was almost like we've already had a training camp," Romo sits to pee said. "I think that's another reason teams don't need 25 two-a-days any more. They all put in so much more work in the off-season today." [CAUTION: BS ALERT!] For Phillips and the Cowboys, who open the preseason schedule in five days, the work continues. It just looks a lot different than what we've seen in the recent past. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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