Phillips speaks out

The gag order was lifted on the Cowboys coaching cstaff -- at least for a week.

Cowboys coach Wade Phillips, who has been muzzled the entire offseason by owner Jerry Jones, said he didn't mind the gag order because he was frustrated over of the negativity surrounding his team after their 9-7 season.

"I didn't have anything to say," Phillips said. "I've been a little disappointed that things have come out that we felt like weren't true at all, and if you start talking about those things, then it's a he-said, she-said. I don't like to go into all that, but I was disappointed in some of the reporting that we felt like wasn't accurate about our football team and what happened.

"We were certainly disappointed we didn't win enough, but it got carried away, in my opinion, and there's no use talking about it, in my opinion."

Phillips said he was particularly offended about the personal attacks against his coaching staff and him in particular.

"The thing that bothers me is people are making it more personal," Phillips said. "If they say, 'Hey, we don't think you're coaching well enough,' that's fine. But when people start trying to demean you or call you names or those kind of things, I'm a turn-the-other-cheek person, but you know, again, it's disappointing. In the world of comedy, they make fun of people and do all those things. It seems people have turned to that rather than just reporting. Maybe they think they're comics. I don't know."

Phillips however reiterated the promise he made at the end of the season that he would change how he did things and how he got the Cowboys prepared next season.

Phillips promised more discipline and more accountability from a Cowboys team that led the league in penalties last season, that was turnover prone and that that didn't get the job done when it mattered the most.

"Obviously, there's been change already and some of it is modification. It's an adjustment," Phillips said. "Those things are change, too. Everybody is going to say, 'Hey, you ought to be a tyrant instead of the person you are.' I have a lot of pride in how I work with players and how they respond to how I coach. There's going to be certainly some things that we'll do different, but I'm not going to go into everything we're going to do different. I think it'll be noticed as we go along."

Since the end of the season, the Cowboys have released Pacman Jones and Terrell Owens, traded Anthony Henry for backup quarterback Jon Kitna and signed three starters in Keith Brooking, Igor Olshansky and Gerald Sensabaugh.

The Cowboys also fired defensive coordinator Brian Stewart and special teams coach Bruce Read. Phillips now will serve as the team's defensive coordinator as well as its head coach.

"We said there was going to be change. There is change, and there will be more change," Phillips said. "The draft will certainly be a part of that. Once we start getting the football team together, and our off-season program starts Monday, there are a few changes in that."

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