Wednesday, June 17, 2009

DMN Blog: Wade Phillips' puts some weight behind his Get Tough Plan

By Tim MacMahon/Blogger Bio

After a sleepless night following the Philly Flop, Wade Phillips vowed to get tougher on his team.

That doesn't mean Phillips will morph into a screaming, facemask-grabbing maniac. He's well aware that players wouldn't buy a drastic personality change.

The biggest changes will be behind the scenes. For example, after this morning's practice, Phillips stressed to the players the importance of keeping up their conditioning program before training camp. If they come in heavy, their wallets will be lighter.

Each player will be given a target weight. Phillips indicated that the players who come in above those weights will be fined the league maximum of $453 per pound. That's a major change, considering the minimal fines given out by the Cowboys last year.

"I expect them to be in the best shape they've been in," Phillips said. "That's part of being accountable - not only to their teammates, but to themselves."

Speaking of being overweight, I'll be back after a lunch break.