Ugly Win Leaves Harsh Feelings

One day after an ugly victory against the Bengals, the sensitivity level remains high...

One day after an ugly victory against the Bengals, the sensitivity level remains high for a Cowboys team that is starting to feel the pressure of their Super Bowl-or-bust journey.

Linebacker Bradie James echoed the sentiments of quarterback Tony Romo and said he refused to be ashamed over the victory, however ugly.

"We played well enough to win the game," James said. "I know everybody is going to say whatever, but I never apologize for a win. There are no bad wins."

James said the Cowboys have been critical of themselves. But he said they refuse to be critical in public because the media will blow it out of proportion.

James said the Cowboys' positive outlook comes from head coach Wade Phillips, who said Monday that complaining isn't coaching.

"I think it's important that you feel good about yourself no matter what," Phillips said. "I think you can go overboard certainly, and I think I know where the line is, especially with the team. With the press and the media, I defend the team more than I do with them. When I talk to them some things are a little bit different because I want to tell them exactly what I think.

"I want to defend them when people are attacking them or if I feel like they're attacking them so I remain positive. I tell the guys how it is and what we need to do better and we didn't do this or that good enough."

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