Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Cowboys look for change they can believe in


The Dallas Cowboys 44-6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday was the most lop-sided loss in the Jerry Jones era.

Head coach Wade Phillips hasn't gotten over it.

"I'm still really disappointed," Phillips said. "One of the worst losses I've ever been around."

Then it was as if Phillips was stealing a page from the playbook of President-elect Barrack Obama.

"If you're not gonna change the coach and you don't get the result you want then coach needs to change some things," Phillips said.

He went on:

"If that means changing what I've done before that's what I'm going to do."

"I don't know how much change there will be."

"Sometimes it's changing personnel, too."

"If that's the case then we'll have to change."

"Things aren't gonna change unless you change something."

Phillips is promising whole-sale adjustments, but is it change we can believe in?

As the players cleaned out their lockers they we're still shocked, not knowing what to believe.

Said linebacker Zach Thomas, "Our play wasn't up to par this season. We had our shot but shot ourselves in the foot way too much this season."

The season finale' underscoring what critics have said about this team all year: Supremely talented but prone to crucial mistakes in clutch situations.

"It was a lot of personalities that was put on this team and you know we didn't gel," said linebacker Bradie James. "We didn't find a way to gel."

"You should win every game here with these guys on this football team," Williams said. "I think what we have to do it's everybody has to come together and make this thing go."

While the head coach promises change his first decision of the post-season is already coming into question. After an incredibly disappointing season and a gut-wrenching loss, Phillips decided against have a season-ending team meeting.

James says he absolutely wanted to hear from his coach.

"I mean I don't want to just end this thing and be in the dark," James said. "We're in the dark and I'm finding out information from you guys."