It's the reason he allows the players to listen to music during stretching before practice. You can even hear Phillips joining in with the players reciting the words to rapper Soulja Boy's "Crank Dat."
But Phillips draws the line when the fun gets out of hand and the
Cowboys turn into an undisciplined team.
The Cowboys had 10 penalties in Sunday's game but two were
unacceptable to Phillips.
That was certainly the case in the first half against the Giants when
two post-play penalties led to 10 points, resulting in a 17-17 halftime
tie rather a comfortable Cowboys lead.
First, linebacker and team captain Bradie James was flagged for
unnecessary roughness for pushing running back Brandon Jacobs after a
"I was surprised anybody has any penalty like that," Phillips said.
"We don't want that. We're going to do something about that."
Then, linebacker Kevin Burnett was flagged for taunting Jacobs during
the waning moments of the second quarter.
The Giants had been content to just kneel on the ball and go into the
locker room down 17-14. But with the 15-yard penalty, they got new life.
A 29-yard pass to tight end Jeremy Shockey on the next play led to a
field goal as time ran out.
"We will address it," Phillips said. "That's not acceptable because
we are accountable. It's not for me, it's for their teammates. It cost
us some points in that game. We had several of them; I'm not happy about
that. I will tell them and I think they will respond."
WEDNESDAY NOTES: QB Tony Romo has been great in just about every game, but he is at
his best in the third and fourth quarters where he has a 141.0 and 101.0
quarterback rating, respectively. 16 of his 23 touchdowns have come in
the third and fourth quarters, including 11 in the third.
--RB Marion Barber didn't post big numbers against the Giants,
rushing 12 times for 34 yards, but he still is on pace for a monster
season. At his current pace, he would rush 199 times for 1,011 yards and
11 touchdowns, all career highs.
--WR Terrell Owens racked up his third consecutive 100-yard game, his
fourth of the season, with 125 yards on six catches against the Giants.
It marked the second time in his career that he has had three
consecutive 100-yard receiving games (2004 with the Eagles -- five
consecutive). It was his 43rd career 100-yard outing, tying him for the
fourth-most career 100-yard receiving games among active players. He has
scored a touchdown in a four straight games.
--OTs Flozell Adams and Marc Colombo received praise from coach Wade
Phillips for the job they did against the Giants. Phillips said the
entire line played well but he said Adams and Colombo stood out because
they had the toughest tasks of blocking ends Osi Umenyiora and Michael
Strahan. Umenyiora was held sackless while Strahan recorded just one
--CB Anthony Henry (ankle) is still not ready to return to the
starting lineup, coach Wade Phillips said. Henry has played primarily in
nickel situations the past two games. He missed the previous three with
a high ankle sprain.
"We just have to wait and see and see how he came out of the game,"
Phillips said. "He was a little bit bothered going into the game, which
worried me a little bit. We thought he was going to be like he was last
week and I didn't get that feeling once we got out on the field. It
didn't seem like he was quite as ready as I thought he might be, but he
played fine in the game."
--WR Isaiah Stanback could return to action as the team's primary
kickoff returner against the Redskins. Stanback was inactive last week
because of a shoulder injury. He replaced regular returner Tyson
Thompson against the Eagles. Thompson was still inactive against the
Giants while Miles Austin and Nate Jones returned kickoffs.
--NT Tank Johnson was obviously rusty but he was no doubt productive
in his season debut against the Giants. He recorded a sack, a penalty
and three tackles.
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