Saturday, August 02, 2008

Dallas Cowboys Notebook: Cowboys owner says super not needed for Phillips

Sports KAUZ

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Super Bowl or bust? Not necessarily for Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Phillips. At least that's what owner Jerry Jones insists. He says -- quote -- "It's wrong to say Super Bowl or Wade doesn't keep the job. That is just not correct. That is not a thought to me." With Phillips' supposed successor-in-waiting already on the staff -- offensive coordinator Jason Garrett -- and being paid like a head coach -- about 3 million dollars, there are some who still believe that Phillips has to get the Cowboys to the Super Bowl. The Cowboys are a legitimate Super Bowl contender, and they go into 2008 as a favorite in the NFC. All 13 Pro Bowl players are back from last season's team that matched a franchise record by winning 13 games in Phillips' first season before losing to the New York Giants in the playoffs.


LOST IN TRANSLATION WITH T.O.?: What started as a simple question turned into a "Who's On First"-type of exchange between Terrell Owens and a television reporter. Midway through one of Owens' interviews this week, a reporter from a Spanish television network wanted to know by which name T.O. refers to Adam "Pacman" Jones, the new Cowboys cornerback. The still-suspended Jones said in June that he preferred to be called "Adam or Mr. Jones" instead of his nickname. But since getting to camp, he has seemed to embrace the nickname again. His teammates, coaches and fans call him "Pacman," and that's how he signs his autograph. Here's the exchange between the reporter and T.O.

Reporter: "Do you call Pacman Pacman?"

T.O.: "What's that?"

Reporter: "Pacman."

T.O.: "Who?"

Reporter: "Adam."

T.O.: "What about it?"

Reporter: "I thought he didn't like to be called Pacman any more. You said Pacman, Pacman Jones."

T.O.: "What about it?"

Reporter: I thought he didn't want to be called Pacman any more."

T.O.: "Did somebody call him Pacman?"

Reporter: "You did, man."

T.O.: "Dude, I don't care."

Reporter: "O.K."


IN-N-OUT: Marcus Spears has been working inside at nose guard, instead of solely at his normal end spot. Meanwhile, Jay Ratliff has been moving outside to end, getting snaps again at the position he played before taking over last season for injured nose guard Jason Ferguson. Coach Wade Phillips say they want to be versatile.


EXTRA POINTS: The Cowboys had two practices today, the first time in camp they've had consecutive two-a-days. ... Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says the scoreboard in the team's new 1.1 billion dollar stadium "will be 50 percent more costly than all of Texas Stadium." The new stadium opens next season. Texas Stadium was built for 35 million dollars and opened in October 1971. ...