Jerry Jones has said on more than one occasion that he does not want to make a coaching change.
He said it's in the best interest of the Cowboys for Wade Phillips to retain his job for at least another season. Still, Phillips is in the final year of his contract, and Jones holds an option for next season.
Jones praises Phillips for leading the Cowboys to an 11-5 record and the NFC East title, his second in three years. He acknowledges that Phillips has the best winning percentage in Cowboys history with a 37-16 mark.
To that end, Jones is leaning toward bringing Phillips back.
First, however, he will wait to see what the Cowboys do in the playoffs.
There is no win one game or go the super bowl mantra. But they Cowboys must leave a positive taste in Jones' mouth.
"I really don't know how you can sit here and make a change with the winningest percentage coach that we've had in the history of the Cowboys," Jones said. "But it's always been about our uptick. We know there's a swoon if you miss a out a game in the playoffs and go home. But at this particular time, he's looking good."
Romo is playing the best football of his career and the Cowboys believe he is ready to take the next step.
"Those are lifetimes ago," offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said of Romo's past playoff failures. "Those are lifetimes ago. He's certainly developed as a quarterback. I keep saying this, but his approach to try to get better every day, that's what's allowed him to grow and to develop and has a lot to do with how he goes about his business, and hopefully he can continue that this week."
"That's not how it's always been the last 22 years of my life," Williams "This is a great opportunity. I'm in it to win it. People don't see the small things that I do out on the football field as far as blocking and getting others open. It's just part of being a football team. Whether the ball is coming to me or not - who cares? We're winning. And I've said that since training camp. I would trade anything in the world besides my family and my kids for a win. I could easily be at home right now, coming from Detroit. I could be 2-14 but instead I'm 11-5, East champion, it's a great feeling."
The Eagles' big-play wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who aggravated a groin injury in Sunday's 24-0 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, practiced Tuesday, but it remains to be seen how much effect the injury will have on his performance Saturday when the Eagles and Cowboys meet again in the first round of the playoffs.
Jackson had three catches for 47 yards against the Cowboys. He had just two catches for 15 yards after tweaking his groin.
"I got a little banged up, so I'll just get some treatment this week and freshen up," Jackson said. "It will be all right. It's not a big deal.
"Anytime you blow out your tire or your tire is leaking a little bit - and that's kind of how I look at it because my legs are my speedburners - if I don't have my speed, I'm not the same person. It definitely hurt me in the game, but I was able to stick in there and play it out."
Jackson had 63 catches for 1,167 yards this season. That's a league-best 18.5 yards per catch. He also had a team-high nine receiving touchdowns, including six of 40-plus yards. But in the Eagles' two losses to the Cowboys, he was held to five catches for 76 yards and no touchdowns.
He got behind the Cowboys' secondary early in the game Sunday, but quarterback Donovan McNabb overthrew him.
GREEN BAY PACKERS
The Packers' preparations for their first playoff game since losing to the New York Giants in overtime in the NFC Championship on Jan. 20, 2008, have an elementary framework.
"We need to do the fundamental things that we've been doing very well," head coach Mike McCarthy said. "We need to take care of the football; we need to take the football away; we need to tackle; and we need to block. Those are things we're going to spend more time emphasizing this week."
McCarthy and his staff had the luxury of getting a game plan in place for the Arizona Cardinals, the Packers' opponents in the first round of the NFC playoffs Sunday, because the teams met to end the regular season last weekend.
While Green Bay carried some segments into its 33-7 rout of the Cardinals on Sunday, offensive play-caller McCarthy and defensive coordinator Dom Capers held back quite a bit of their respective game plans even though they went with their starters for most of the game.
Consequently, when the players reconvened Tuesday for meetings and film study after a day off, the legwork for the postseason rematch against Arizona already was in place and wouldn't be anything new to them.
"We're not going to just change everything that we did in (the last) game when we play these guys Sunday over there in Arizona," McCarthy said. "Our principles are still the same; our base concepts are still the same. We've established who we are, the way we want to play - that will not change. Now, what you do, change the face of it, those types of things, that's all part of the game planning."
Having a Sunday game on the opening weekend of the postseason also plays into McCarthy's amended practice schedule that he instituted the final two weeks of the regular season.
The team will be put through full practices Wednesday and Thursday before tapering off Friday with what will amount to about an hour of a jog-through review on the field. The thrust is to keep the players well-rested for playing Sunday, since they'll endure another three-hour flight back to Phoenix on Saturday.
"I feel very good about our football team," said McCarthy, whose team has won seven of its last eight games. "It's like anything, you're trying to build as far as the vision, the plan. I like the way our football team looks right now. I like the energy they're playing with; I like the way they prepare; and I like the way they're focused. And, we'll be totally in tune with the fact that playoff football is different.
"We have a group of men that experienced this two years ago. We have a group of men that have not experienced it. Through our week of preparation, I'm looking for a focused, disciplined week of preparation, and we're getting ready to go play Arizona."
The game plan for Sunday's playoff game for the Packers has been installed, already. The Cardinals' priority in practice this week is to get healthy.
Four starters are dealing with significant injuries.
Receiver Anquan Boldin suffered a sprained left ankle in the season finale and underwent an MRI early this week. The results aren't available, but Boldin said after the game that he expects to play.
The Cardinals at least have some depth at that position. Steve Breaston has experience starting and Early Doucet and Jerheme Urban have played significant backup roles in important games before.
The other three injured players play positions where there is little depth, however.
Right defensive end Calais Campbell has a fractured thumb and likely will have to play with a cast. His backup, Alan Branch, has performed well but he's never had to start and play a significant amount.
Free safety Antrel Rolle missed last week's game with a thigh bruise. He likely will play this week but it's questionable if he will be 100 percent. With Matt Ware on injured reserve, the backup is rookie Rashad Johnson, who has developed slowly this season.
Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie suffered a bruised left kneecap last week, but the injury wasn't as bad as initially feared. Still, it's questionable if he will be at full speed.
If he can't play, Michael Adams will start and the Packers picked on him last week.