Hey Emmitt! Romo is Tough Enough

The Cowboys have been accused of being a soft team. Even before Monday's night game against the Eagles, former running back Emmitt Smith said the Cowboys lacked leadership.

He said they lacked a person who would get in people's face and let them have it if need be.

Cowboys coach Wade Phillips doesn't buy that assessment. He said everybody leads and directs and different ways. He said he is not a screamer but he expects his players to respond.

Besides he said his team is plenty tough, mentally and physically and nobody has typified that more in the first two games than quarterback Tony Romo.

No, he doesn't have Troy Aikman's bark or icy stare. But he doesn't have the command of his huddle and respect of his teammates.

Look no further than the first two games.

He showed his toughness against Cleveland when he played with a gash under his chin that would later require 13 stitches. Romo stayed the course, refused to come out of the game and led the Cowboys to victory.

Against the Eagles, he showed his mental toughness after having turnovers on back to back plays that led to touchdowns. Romo returned to field and played flawlessly, rallying the Cowboys to a 41-37 comeback victory.

"Tony Romo exemplifies the tough mindedness of our football team," Phillips said. "Bad thing happens. A couple of bad things happened.

A lot of guys go in the tank. A lot of quarterbacks would get their head down. Not that it didn't bother him. It bothered him. But he went to the next play. The team believes in him. And we believe in each other. It carried on from there."

PHILADELPHIA LEFTOVERS: Kicker Nick Folk continues to make clutch field goals, according to coach Wade Phillips. The 51-yarder right before the half against the Eagles qualifies in Phillips' book.

"He seems to make clutch, beside making field goals and being accurate he seems to make the clutch ones too," Phillips said. "Right before the half those are the kind, a lot of pressure on you and it was a 50-something yarder and he put it right through there and that changed the momentum of the game too. I think going into halftime being closer, being close enough to go ahead with a touchdown I think that made a difference as far as our psyche was concerned."

* Nose tackle Jay Ratliff had a monster against the Eagles with a fumble recovery, a sack, two tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry.

"I thought Ratliff had an outstanding game and played really well against the run," coach Wade Phillips said. "We stuffed their running game. I thought jay was an important part of that and he got a sack and got a tackles for losses and he just made some big plays for us."

* Cornerback Adam Jones must accept the blame for DeSean Jackson's 60-yard reception in the first quarter. That's the only thing we can deduce, since coach Wade Phillips absolved strong safety Roy Williams of any blame on the play. He said Jackson wasn't Williams' man. The only other player within five yards of Jackson was Jones, who was lined opposite him on the line of scrimmage.

* SS Roy Williams will miss three to four weeks with a broken bone in his right arm. He will have a plate put in to aid the healing process. Patrick Watkins will start in his place alongside Ken Hamlin.

* TE Jason Witten left the Eagles game with an injured shoulder but he returned and finished with seven catches for 110 yards. Witten will not miss any practice time and is expected to play against the Packers on Monday.

* WR Terrell Owens had three catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns, including a 72-yard bomb. He now has 133 career touchdown receptions, moving him into second place all-time behind Jerry Rice who has 197. He moved out a tie with Cris Carter.

* RB Felix Jones had six kickoff returns for a club record 247 yards, including a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He broke the previous record of 213 return yards set by Reggie Swinton.

* CB Terence Newman was a little rusty in his season debut against the Eagles, coach Wade Phillips said. It was the first action for Newman since suffering a groin strain the first week of training camp.

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