Whatever it is he's bringing to the team, the primary reason behind the Cowboys' 4-0 start is debatable, but there is no question the Cowboys are enjoying themselves with Phillips compared to the past four seasons under coach Bill Parcells.
Not only are the Cowboys having fun winning, but they are allowed to
have fun. And that is not just following blowout victories. It's in
practice and meeting rooms.
It started in minicamp and continued in training camp. The Cowboys
have just carried it on the regular season.
Phillips doesn't want to take credit, but he acknowledges that
sometimes a change in coaches and a change atmosphere can have positive
"Sometimes players respond well. I saw that in Houston early in my
career," said Phillips, who was with his father, Bum, on an Oilers staff
that replaced the more rigid Sid Gillman. "And it goes the other way.
Some guy is too soft and they get rid of him and bring in a
disciplinarian who does the job. There are all types of coaches and lots
of ways to get it done."
Phillips' way is getting it done with the Cowboys and they are
"Because he's been that type of coach," wide receiver Patrick Crayton
explained. "With him, there's never any yelling. He never berates you.
He's always in your corner. It's just more upbeat around here. We are
all happy. We are having fun."
--WR Terrell Owens had three receptions against the Rams to pass
Steve Largent (819) and move into 13th place on the NFL's all-time
receptions List. He is now seven catches shy of Larry Centers for 12th
place all-time. Owens is also just 69 yards behind Charlie Joiner for
13th place on the league's All-Time Receiving Yards List.
--WR Patrick Crayton led the team against the Rams with career-highs
in receptions (seven), receiving yards (184) and touchdowns (two). All
seven of his catches went for first downs, five of those came on
touchdown drives. The 184 yards marked his second career 100-yard
outing, which surpassed his previous career-high 104 yards at Arizona
(11/15/06). It also was the 14th best single-game receiving yardage
total in club history and was the most since Terry Glenn posted 150
yards against New Orleans (12/10/06).
--QB Tony Romo passed for 339 yards against the Rams. He became the
10th quarterback in club history to reach 4,000 career passing yards. It
was the second-highest passing output of his career behind the 345 yards
in the season opener against the N.Y. Giants. Romo has now thrown for
300 or more yards in four of his last five starts -- including his
321-yard performance in the 2006 season finale -- and for six times in
his career. His six 300-yard games places him fourth in club annals for
--RB Marion Barber was held out of the end zone against the Rams,
snapping a streak of four consecutive games with a rushing score. His
streak of touchdowns in five straight road games will be put to the test
this week at Buffalo.
--DE Marcus Spears had his best game of the season against the Rams.
It was a long time coming since Spears popped off following the
departure of Bill Parcells last year. Spears blamed Parcells'
conservative schemes for lack impactful play since coming to the Cowboys
as a first round pick 2005.
"He had half a sack on the sack, but he hit the quarterback about
three times when he was throwing the ball," coach Wade Phillips said.
"He had about three hurries. He had a tackle for a loss, those kind of
things. He really hustled to the ball. He really played all out. That's
what I thought he could do. And that's what he's done."
--CB Jacques Reeves was a question mark coming into the season when
he was forced into action because of an injury to Terence Newman. So far
he has been the glue to the cornerback position. Newman missed the first
two games with torn right plantar fascia. Now Anthony Henry could be
sidelined from two to four weeks with a high ankle sprain. Meanwhile,
the formally unproven Reeves, who had one career start in four years
before 2007, is starting for the fifth straight week. He is coming off
his best game of the season against the Rams. Coach Wade Phillips said
he has gotten better and more confident with each passing game.
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