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 05-22-2007, 03:39 PM         #426
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 05-27-2007, 09:04 PM         #427
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Nick Eatman
DallasCowboys.com Staff Writer
May 27, 2007 11:56


"On Board"
Players Like Changes In Phillips' 3-4 Defensive Style


IRVING, Texas - Back in mid-February when the Cowboys were knee-deep in a coaching search trying to replace Bill Parcells, owner Jerry Jones had nearly a dozen candidates to choose from.

He interviewed 10 of them during the grueling process but at the end of the day, which was actually about two weeks later, Jones went for defense.

And don't think it was just a coincidence he picked Wade Phillips, a longtime coach of the 3-4 defense - the very defense the Cowboys had run the past two years under Parcells - to be his next head coach.

Yet, after completing a three-day mini-camp and a four-day OTA practice session this week, why does it seem as if the Cowboys are installing an entirely new defensive system?

Maybe because, for the most part, they are.

Yes, the Cowboys will still run a 3-4 scheme like they did the last two years under Parcells.

But Phillips has said this defense, one that his father Bum first installed back in the mid-1970's as coach of the Houston Oilers, is unlike most versions of the 3-4. In fact, Phillips has often said most teams run different types of the 3-4 scheme.

"Obviously, I like the 3-4 - I've been coaching it a long time," Phillips said. "I think it gives you a lot of things, especially pass rush. Pittsburgh is different than we are. Bill Parcells is different as far as how they run it. And I think (Bill) Belichick has changed from what Bill did before. All of them have their ways of doing things. I think ours has been pretty successful. I think it'll do well."

Phillips has always thought so.

But the best part now is his current players in Dallas seem to be on board as well.

"We got excited defensively, because they were running some things that we have always wanted to do," inside linebacker Bradie James said when the veterans first watched last year's tapes of San Diego's defense run by Phillips, who served as Chargers defensive coordinator for the last three years. "There is just pressure coming from everywhere. When I watched the film, I still didn't know who was (blitzing).

"When you go from a base defense, basically what we ran last year, to something like this, it makes you more excited to go play some football."

James, who arrived here as a 245-pound rookie in 2003, said he had to play closer to 265 last season "just to survive" the style of defense, which usually called for him to battle opposing guards and centers in head-on collisions.

But in this defense, James said he not only expects to be covered up more by the defensive tackles, but is hoping to be more involved in the blitz schemes, too.

"It looks like I'll be pressuring from the inside more," James said. "I think the biggest difference is, sometimes I'll be covered up. I'll have a shade-nose over me, instead of just being head up on the center and the guards just shooting up on the inside 'backers. I'll have a lot more freedom now. I'm not hit with that double-edged sword of playing at 265, but still trying to cover a tight end down the field.

"In this defense, I'll get to blitz a lot more."

However, James knows he won't be blitzing every down. But if it's not him, someone else will be.

Third-year linebacker Kevin Burnett, who has been moved from outside to inside this year, said this scheme allows the defense to be more proactive, rather that just waiting to react to the offense.

"You've got to know where we're coming from now," Burnett said. "It's a low predictably-style defense. With that, that defense is going to win more than half of the time. I think last year's defense was just an old way of thinking, which will usually get you beat. That's just how it is."

Burnett, a second-round draft pick in 2005, expressed his frustration during the Cowboys' mini-camp earlier this month over his lack of playing time last year. He also knows the Cowboys have invested lots of money in linebackers in recent drafts, taking DeMarcus Ware, Bobby Carpenter and now Anthony Spencer in the first round the past three years.

While Burnett is looking for a bigger opportunity this year, Marcus Spears, the team's second first-round pick in 2005 (20th overall), admits he is looking to live up to those draft-day expectations.

Spears has also expressed his excitement over the defensive change. Spears and fellow-starting defensive end Chris Canty were asked to take on blockers and clog the running lanes, rather than being given the freedom to aggressively attack on plays.

But when he first saw this new defense on tape, he noticed right away a big change from last year.

"The movement on the line . . . more attacking," Spears said. "It's a different tempo as far as the defensive line goes. That was the first initial change that we saw. Everybody on this defense is there to make plays and get to the ball. That's the philosophy. But up front, there's no more 'sit back and wait.'"

And that goes for the defensive ends, and even the nose tackle, too.

Veteran Jason Ferguson had one of his best seasons of his career, although just four of his 64 tackles were behind the line of scrimmage. And Ferguson also failed to record at least one sack for the first time in his 10-year career.

"You get a chance to move around and use your ability; I can actually move around, too," said Ferguson. "You get a lot more guys who want to make plays and have some fun. I'm in the middle; I can actually put my foot back and get off the ball a little bit. With the old defense, I was more flat-footed. But this defense is definitely something that I look forward to."

But with a more aggressive approach, it will leave the defense more vulnerable at times. While the Cowboys don't want to get in the habit of yielding big plays, they're hoping the defense can initiate a few big plays of its own.

"Last year we didn't want to give up big play. We were real conservative," James said. "But this year, from what I've seen, we might give up some big plays, but we're going to have a lot more negative plays to balance the ones we give up."

And at the end of the day, no matter the differences in personnel or philosophy, that will be the determining factor in how this new defense is judged.

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 05-28-2007, 02:07 AM         #428
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I was hungry...

on my way to take a bite of this sandwich


then I look up and see the name of this thread


and lost my appetite

:thumbsdow

 05-29-2007, 05:36 PM         #429
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 Black_Deuce said
I was hungry...

on my way to take a bite of this sandwich


then I look up and see the name of this thread


and lost my appetite

:thumbsdow
...you're gay.




 12 years ago '04        #430
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 texasplayboy_23 said

Nick Eatman
DallasCowboys.com Staff Writer
May 27, 2007 11:56


"On Board"
Players Like Changes In Phillips' 3-4 Defensive Style


IRVING, Texas - Back in mid-February when the Cowboys were knee-deep in a coaching search trying to replace Bill Parcells, owner Jerry Jones had nearly a dozen candidates to choose from.

He interviewed 10 of them during the grueling process but at the end of the day, which was actually about two weeks later, Jones went for defense.

And don't think it was just a coincidence he picked Wade Phillips, a longtime coach of the 3-4 defense - the very defense the Cowboys had run the past two years under Parcells - to be his next head coach.

Yet, after completing a three-day mini-camp and a four-day OTA practice session this week, why does it seem as if the Cowboys are installing an entirely new defensive system?

Maybe because, for the most part, they are.

Yes, the Cowboys will still run a 3-4 scheme like they did the last two years under Parcells.

But Phillips has said this defense, one that his father Bum first installed back in the mid-1970's as coach of the Houston Oilers, is unlike most versions of the 3-4. In fact, Phillips has often said most teams run different types of the 3-4 scheme.

"Obviously, I like the 3-4 - I've been coaching it a long time," Phillips said. "I think it gives you a lot of things, especially pass rush. Pittsburgh is different than we are. Bill Parcells is different as far as how they run it. And I think (Bill) Belichick has changed from what Bill did before. All of them have their ways of doing things. I think ours has been pretty successful. I think it'll do well."

Phillips has always thought so.

But the best part now is his current players in Dallas seem to be on board as well.

"We got excited defensively, because they were running some things that we have always wanted to do," inside linebacker Bradie James said when the veterans first watched last year's tapes of San Diego's defense run by Phillips, who served as Chargers defensive coordinator for the last three years. "There is just pressure coming from everywhere. When I watched the film, I still didn't know who was (blitzing).

"When you go from a base defense, basically what we ran last year, to something like this, it makes you more excited to go play some football."

James, who arrived here as a 245-pound rookie in 2003, said he had to play closer to 265 last season "just to survive" the style of defense, which usually called for him to battle opposing guards and centers in head-on collisions.

But in this defense, James said he not only expects to be covered up more by the defensive tackles, but is hoping to be more involved in the blitz schemes, too.

"It looks like I'll be pressuring from the inside more," James said. "I think the biggest difference is, sometimes I'll be covered up. I'll have a shade-nose over me, instead of just being head up on the center and the guards just shooting up on the inside 'backers. I'll have a lot more freedom now. I'm not hit with that double-edged sword of playing at 265, but still trying to cover a tight end down the field.

"In this defense, I'll get to blitz a lot more."

However, James knows he won't be blitzing every down. But if it's not him, someone else will be.

Third-year linebacker Kevin Burnett, who has been moved from outside to inside this year, said this scheme allows the defense to be more proactive, rather that just waiting to react to the offense.

"You've got to know where we're coming from now," Burnett said. "It's a low predictably-style defense. With that, that defense is going to win more than half of the time. I think last year's defense was just an old way of thinking, which will usually get you beat. That's just how it is."

Burnett, a second-round draft pick in 2005, expressed his frustration during the Cowboys' mini-camp earlier this month over his lack of playing time last year. He also knows the Cowboys have invested lots of money in linebackers in recent drafts, taking DeMarcus Ware, Bobby Carpenter and now Anthony Spencer in the first round the past three years.

While Burnett is looking for a bigger opportunity this year, Marcus Spears, the team's second first-round pick in 2005 (20th overall), admits he is looking to live up to those draft-day expectations.

Spears has also expressed his excitement over the defensive change. Spears and fellow-starting defensive end Chris Canty were asked to take on blockers and clog the running lanes, rather than being given the freedom to aggressively attack on plays.

But when he first saw this new defense on tape, he noticed right away a big change from last year.

"The movement on the line . . . more attacking," Spears said. "It's a different tempo as far as the defensive line goes. That was the first initial change that we saw. Everybody on this defense is there to make plays and get to the ball. That's the philosophy. But up front, there's no more 'sit back and wait.'"

And that goes for the defensive ends, and even the nose tackle, too.

Veteran Jason Ferguson had one of his best seasons of his career, although just four of his 64 tackles were behind the line of scrimmage. And Ferguson also failed to record at least one sack for the first time in his 10-year career.

"You get a chance to move around and use your ability; I can actually move around, too," said Ferguson. "You get a lot more guys who want to make plays and have some fun. I'm in the middle; I can actually put my foot back and get off the ball a little bit. With the old defense, I was more flat-footed. But this defense is definitely something that I look forward to."

But with a more aggressive approach, it will leave the defense more vulnerable at times. While the Cowboys don't want to get in the habit of yielding big plays, they're hoping the defense can initiate a few big plays of its own.

"Last year we didn't want to give up big play. We were real conservative," James said. "But this year, from what I've seen, we might give up some big plays, but we're going to have a lot more negative plays to balance the ones we give up."

And at the end of the day, no matter the differences in personnel or philosophy, that will be the determining factor in how this new defense is judged.

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i like this...cuz we all saw what happened when the defense was truely let go (against the Colts)..there gonna be let go all season, and thats gonna be problems for whoever we play..no matter who it is

 05-29-2007, 05:38 PM         #431
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good comeback

 05-29-2007, 06:12 PM         #432
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 Black_Deuce said
good comeback
That's all I had at the time.


 DaKidB.A.N.K.$ said
i like this...cuz we all saw what happened when the defense was truely let go (against the Colts)..there gonna be let go all season, and thats gonna be problems for whoever we play..no matter who it is
I didn't like Mike Zimmer because he NEVER made adjustments throughout the game or season (besides the Colts game)...waaay too conservative...that was probably Parcells for the most part though.

 12 years ago '05        #433
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 texasplayboy_23 said
I didn't like Mike Zimmer because he NEVER made adjustments throughout the game or season (besides the Colts game)...waaay too conservative...that was probably Parcells for the most part though.
Yeah, I think it was more him worried about being fired by Parcells if he gambled and got burned. Instead, he got burned playing conservative like Parcells wanted

 12 years ago '04        #434
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yea Zimmer is a bum..when Wade got there he said right off the bat that there wasn't enough blitzing from the linebackers..and with the speed we got Spencer,Ware,Burnett,Carpenter ..we gonna be good there.and Spears and Canty can finally rush the passer instead of just holding the blocks like they did in Parcells scheme

 05-30-2007, 02:18 PM         #435
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Yessir! We can definitely make an argument for being one of the best linebacking cores in the league....and I can't wait to see them knocking dude's on their @$$es this season.:applause:

 12 years ago '05        #436
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yes I agree

 05-31-2007, 11:00 AM         #437
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Jaiden whats really hood my fam

 06-11-2007, 11:00 PM         #438
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Nick Eatman
DallasCowboys.com Staff Writer
June 7, 2007 6:22 PM


"Ellis Frustrated; Jones Says No Meeting In Plans"

Rehabbing his torn Achilles injury, Ellis is on schedule to return to practice at training camp.


IRVING, Texas - As soon as Thursday's OTA practice session opened for the media, all eyes out here at Valley Ranch likely went searching for one player.

And it didn't take long to find him.

Yes, despite reportedly missing the majority of these Organized Team Activity practices in the last three weeks, Terrell Owens was in attendance, running all of the routes and catching passes despite having two surgeries on his right ring finger this off-season.

Meanwhile, fellow starting receiver Terry Glenn did not participate, although team owner Jerry Jones said he would be surprised if any of his healthy players did not take part in this weekend's voluntary mini-camp, which starts Friday and runs through Sunday.

However, one player who won't participate this weekend seemed to cause the biggest stir.

Following Thursday's session, Jones told reporters he did not plan to meet with disgruntled linebacker Greg Ellis, who has expressed his concern about his contract and his position at outside linebacker.

And when word got back to Ellis moments later of Jones' comments, it only seemed to further fuel the fire that has been burning inside the nine-year veteran.

"That pretty much answers all your questions right there," Ellis told a large group of reporters huddled around his locker. "A player that you're serious about keeping, and you don't meet with them? In any kind of job, if you want to keep them around, if that employee has some concern, you meet.

"I was told by Jerry we were going to have a meeting. I didn't even ask for a meeting. He walked up to me and said, 'Greg we're going to have a sit-down.' And then to tell you guys we aren't going to do that, that's fine with me. But by him saying that, that pretty much answers all the questions. I didn't answer them, I think Jerry answered them."

Jones indeed answered them to the media just as the players were leaving the field Thursday afternoon.

"I don't have any plans to meet with anyone who is under contract," he said.

But that doesn't exactly mean Jones won't have that sit-down with Ellis. After all, if the owner and general manager is willing to tell the world he will meet with every player seeking more of a financial commitment, there might be quite a line forming outside his door.

So there is a chance that Jones will try to get on the same page as Ellis, whether or not that involves a meeting.

But for now, it's clear that Ellis isn't happy.

And that's nothing new, considering at the start of training camp last year he stepped off the plane in Oxnard, Calif., and told reporters he didn't want to be there. Ellis was frustrated the Cowboys had moved him from defensive end to outside linebacker to fit the 3-4 scheme without giving him an extended contract in return.

Ellis didn't see the commitment from the team, but eventually bit his tongue, went to work, and had a productive season before rupturing his Achilles at Arizona in the ninth game of the season.

The injury has kept Ellis off the field here this off-season, though he is scheduled to return by the start of training camp.

However, the veteran linebacker said if nothing is resolved, he won't rush his way back on the field.

"I don't have a lot of options," said Ellis, who is scheduled to make $2.5 million this season with two years left on his contract. "The ball is pretty much in Jerry's court. I can just go out there and do what I can do - take care of Greg Ellis. If my ankle isn't 100 percent, it's better for me not to go out there - hence I don't do the mini-camp and if training camp comes up and I'm not 100 percent, then I don't go out there.

"I don't go out there until I'm 100 percent, because Jerry has let me know, don't come out and f!ght for nothing, because I'm not going to look out for you."

Ellis signed a seven-year deal in 2003. He noted that among the 11 defensive starters, only two received lower signing bonuses than the $4.2 million he got up front four years ago.

Ellis also said he was frustrated the Cowboys drafted Purdue defensive end Anthony Spencer and plan to play him at outside linebacker, the position Ellis started nine games at last season.

Ellis even compared the situation to Philadelphia, where quarterback Donovan McNabb was reportedly upset the Eagles drafted Houston quarterback Kevin Kolb in the second round (36th overall).

"Donovan McNabb has some concerns when Philadelphia took a quarterback with their first pick, but it was in the second round," Ellis said. "When a first-rounder is taken at your position . . . Donovan is concerned with a second-rounder at his position. He has more prominence than I do, and he's concerned. Should I be concerned? Yeah. How can I not and why I should not, with the way the NFL is structured today. The younger guy has to get a large signing bonus because he's a first-rounder."

Both Jones and head coach Wade Phillips have said the Cowboys did not draft Spencer to replace Ellis. Phillips has even said Ellis is the starter when he returns from injury.

But for now, that's not good enough. Ellis wants more reassurance than that.

"Despite what the coaches are telling me," Ellis said, "I just would like for (Jones) to go ahead and make a move, releasing me or restructure to let me know, and you guys know, that "Greg, we want you here.'"


...this n*gga.


Short Shots

Cornerback Quincy Butler picked off Romo on the final play of Thursday's OTA's and sprinted down the left sideline with Romo in hot pursuit . . . Pat McQuistan once again was playing left tackle with the first-team offense in place of Flozell Adams, who had arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this week but is expected to be ready for training camp. McQuistan had been penciled in as the backup left guard until Adams' knee began acting up . . . Rookie free-agent quarterback Matt Moore evidently will miss this weekend's mini-camp, too, since Oregon State's semester doesn't end until mid-June. His absence is giving rookie free-agent quarterback Richard Bartel an added chance to impresse the coaching staff. Chances are the Cowboys will only take four quarterbacks to training camp.

 06-11-2007, 11:04 PM         #439
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June 11, 2007 5:23 PM


"Pro Bowl safety Roy Williams is excited about Wade Phillips' style of defense."

IRVING, Texas - A new coaching staff brings changes throughout a team, and Cowboys safety Roy Williams is looking forward to what that means particularly for him.

"I get to be more involved," Williams said in between practices at Saturday's final work day of the three-day mini-camp held over the weekend at Valley Ranch. "I'd really just like to be closer to the ball and Coach Phillips said they installed some plays for me and I'm looking forward to it."

Since his rookie year in 2002, Williams has started 82 consecutive games (including playoffs) for the Cowboys, the longest active streak on the roster. The former Sooner finished tied for 10th last season in the NFL with five interceptions and has been voted into the Pro Bowl the past four seasons.

But it's no secret Williams has struggled some over the past two seasons in coverage, especially on deep routes when he's forced to play a cover two zone.

This season, new head coach Wade Phillips has Williams playing closer to the ball when possible, planning to take advantage of the Pro Bowl player's instincts around the line of scrimmage against the run and pass.

And if the mini-camp practices are any indication, it's obvious Williams is creeping closer to the line of scrimmage now that the Cowboys have veteran safety Ken Hamlin playing free safety next to him.

That made Williams a happy camper.

"I feel that we [Williams and DeMarcus Ware] are going to be put in a position to make more plays," Williams said. "Wade said he's going to put his players in positions to make plays and I believe him and we're going to go from there. I get to be around the ball and it's a big difference being 15 yards away from the ball and being seven yards from the ball."

Phillips has said it's no secret he'd like to get Williams closer to the line of scrimmage, and even in a few nickel packages has experimented with the veteran safety playing one of the linebacker spots - something former head coach Bill Parcells looked at some during last summer's training camp but never utilized during the season.

Changes aren't just being made for Williams, though. Phillips also is plotting how to use Ware differently. Instead of lining up almost exclusively on the right side of the Cowboys defense, Phillips is employing his outside linebackers as weak side and strong side. The idea is to play Ware on the weak side, away from the tight end, and either Greg Ellis or first-round draft choice Anthony Spencer on the strong side - or to the tight end side. That should keep offenses from forcing Ware to deal with an extra guy on the offensive line, unless they motion the tight end to his side.

Also, it appears Phillips will ask Ware to do less in coverage, preferring the Pro Bowl defensive end to concentrate on rushing the quarterback. Phillips downplays these are novel concepts, saying he's just playing to his individual players' strengths.

When asked about Williams following Saturday's second mini-camp practice, Phillips sort of laughed to himself, saying, "Roy's a funny guy. He's always telling me something. He told me 'good speech' the other day."

Despite his struggles in coverage last year, Williams deflected questions, saying he is focused strictly on the future and the upcoming training camp.

"Last year is the past," Williams said. "Why reflect on last year? We've been having great OTA's and great mini-camps.

"(These practices) are very beneficial. We've gotten to bond; we're becoming more of a family. There's no individual and everybody is just playing together."

This was one of the first times Williams made himself available for interviews during the off-season workouts where media members had access to the players - and likely the last time until the start of training camp July 24 in San Antonio, Texas, since the Cowboys have no more scheduled team workouts the remainder of the off-season.

All that remains is for the players to finish up their individual off-season strength and conditioning workouts. The veterans will work through the remainder of June and the rookies through the second week in July before getting a break.

Williams' locker-room availability for an interview, though, was one more time than wide receiver Terrell Owens, who paired up with Williams after Sunday's mini-camp meeting and family get-together to make the trip to San Antonio for Sunday night's Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Owens was in the locker room Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but did not entertain the media with one of those mass interview sessions.

"Y'all must've ticked him off," Williams said to a reporter after she complained about T.O.'s lack of availability. "He's doing T.O., he's enjoying himself. He's the same person; I haven't seen any change in him. He's a great competitor. I love him on and off the field because he's a great person."

Williams will be trying to become a five-time Pro Bowler this season, which would put him in the company of such former Cowboys as Michael Irvin, Lee Roy Jordan and Darren Woodson. In fact, a fifth consecutive Pro Bowl appearance by the sixth-year safety would be the team's longest streak since Larry Allen went to seven straight Pro Bowls from 1995-2001. His four matches La'Roi Glover's streak from 2002-2005.

So no wonder he is looking forward.

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 Black_Deuce said
Jaiden whats really hood my fam
Chillen my dude....

 06-14-2007, 10:49 PM         #441
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June 14, 2007 4:38 PM



"Red Ball: Cool, Calm, Collected"


IRVING, Texas - Maybe it wasn't so much the questions that made me sort of laugh to myself, but the tone of the questions.

They acted as if Jason Garrett had just fallen off the turnip cart; as if here was this bright, shiny new offensive coordinator shipped to the Cowboys and had just been taken out of the box.

Ha!

Maybe they forgot Garrett has been around the NFL block a time or three. He played 12 seasons, seven for the Cowboys, four for the New York Giants and another with Tampa Bay. That's 11 years in pretty big media markets.

Played, though, is a matter of speaking. He mostly was a backup or third-team quarterback all those years. So that means he watched, keenly observed without the pressure of having to constantly worry about his performance how the big boys handled themselves - the Troy Aikmans, Jimmy Johnsons, Norv Turners, Ernie Zampeses, Jim Fassels, Kerry Collinses, Sean Paytons and Jon Grudens. Then he worked two seasons for the tough Nick Saban, and on a staff with such NFL veteran coaches as Dom Capers, Hudson Houck and Mike Mularkey.

Says he was always one of those guys who asked a lot of questions, and knowing him, and having worked with him during a two-day broadcast school seminar, probably asked a lot of those why questions. Also says his keen curiosity in meeting rooms sometimes frustrated his coaches "until they threw the eraser at me."

Hey, the guy went to Princeton, OK? No slough-offs allowed, even if you can play football. So in most cases during these interviews, advantage Garrett.

Or as Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips says, taking a little jab with his wry sense of humor, "I don't like that he went to Princeton and is so smart."

So last week, while walking off the field amid all the hullabaloo over missed OTA practices, Garrett was immediately confronted: Since you're the guy installing the new offense, how big a deal is it to you that your two veteran receivers (see Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn) have not had full participation in these OTA's?

Loaded, right? Cornered already?

Please. Let's listen.

"I think we had a really productive first mini-camp with the guys, and we had a little bit of an opportunity to be with them in the teaching sessions," Garrett knowingly began his filibuster. "I came in here with the mindset we wouldn't have a chance to have Terrell until training camp and obviously he's done a great job with his rehab to get his hand right and is keeping himself in great shape to come in here and run around. To have a chance to have he and Terry here on the first day (of mini-camp) has been really good.

"One of the things we wanted to talk about as a staff going into this off-season is, where are the other guys. And we've had a great opportunity to see the other guys - the Sam Hurds, the Miles Austins, and those guys, so it's really been a good situation. Both of those guys are pros. They know what to do. It's been good to have them out here in the mini-camps getting a little extra work with Tony (Romo)."

So your point was?

Persistence is a great quality of the media: But Jason, wouldn't you have rather it the other way, meaning Owens and Glenn here working every single day of the off-season?

"The problem with coaches is that we'd rather have them out here 365 days out of the year to get better and better and better," Garrett said. "I think we found a happy medium, and we're sensitive with our older players how much work we're getting in. Physically, you want to make sure they are ready to play in September . . . so we've been really pleased with their effort and work ethic."

See what I mean? Wise beyond his coaching years, but less we forget, Jason Garrett, who by the way played on three Super Bowl teams during his career, is 41 years old - older than even Troy Aikman. And his game-day locker nearly always was next to 8-Ball's, so the unassuming Red-Ball, sort of blending in as if mere woodwork, keenly listened to how these post-game grilling sessions went. Believe me, he probably took better mental notes than most reporters took physically.

Of course designing an offense and calling plays in the NFL is much more difficult than diffusing a rabid media, which he did so effortlessly, it was almost comical.

But here's what I'm getting at for those a tad concerned Garrett will be in over his head this season, and this is not to say there won't be a learning curve for even an Ivy Leaguer this season. You got to like his composure, and if nothing else, the guy calling your plays better not be all emotional, flying off the handle and making rash decisions.

That guy has to be prepared. This guy, shoot, go worry about something else.

That guy can't be stubborn, and I've seen a stubborn or two offensive coordinators come through here during my day. Jason, oh, he'll listen all right, and even when he listens to you, you get the feeling he's filtering what you're saying as you speak.

And maybe, too, your offensive guy needs to have a little aura about him, not to be confused with aloofness, which some guys think is a suitable substitute. Just this presence the players will recognize, a cool combination of wanting to be around the guy yet knowing not to cross him.

"He has a real feel even though he is a real sharp guy," said Phillips, a tad more serious after taking his playful jab. "But there are a lot of smart people with not a lot of common sense - no offense to those people. He's got a feel about him that he can relate real well to all the other people.

"He gets the point over. I think the great thing about him, and especially with the guys who have played the game, is that they tend to hold the players accountable. If they were accountable as players, they tend to hold that over players, and he does a real good job of that."

Now of course, all these are but indicators, just clues of what Jason Garrett might be - might become - as an offensive coordinator for the Cowboys, this year and maybe for years to come. And even he knows no one in this league is judged by intangibles.

Wins and losses, baby. Points. Decisions.

But the guy, to me, is a cool customer, and you'll love the way he handled this loaded question, and one fudged a little because the previous day when Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was asked if he thought Owens would be a bigger key in the team's offense this year - the a.ssumption I guess being now that the stubborn Bill Parcells is gone - he said, "I thought he was a key part last year," sort of taking exception to the question.

But the truth didn't stop someone from quizzing Garrett about Jones saying he expected Owens to be a bigger part of the offense this year. Oh boy, here ya go, backing the new coordinator into a corner.

Please. Listen.

"Terrell Owens is a good player, Terry Glenn is a good player, Jason Witten is a good player, the runners are good players, the line is good, so as a coach, you are really excited about that and you want to try to feature every one of those guys," said Garrett, the question merely putty in his hands. "If there is anything I learned here from my time playing is that the coach (Norv and Ernie) did a great job of that. We did things that Emmitt Smith did well, what Jay Novacek did well, and Michael Irvin and Alvin Harper, and on down the line. And obviously with the quarterback. And those guys were very good players and we did a lot of things well, and I don't want to make comparisons to those guys, but we're excited about our group and working with them and getting them to execute at a high level."

Makes you sort of smile.

"(Owens has) been really good, really good," Garrett said. "He's a guy I heard a lot of great things about as a practice player throughout his career, from guys who have coached him and from guys who have played with him, and that's what I found out so far. He's an interested guy. We've been trying to talk to him about what his role is, and he's been very receptive to that."

Talk about diffusing a bomb?

But that's Garrett, and never once becoming confrontational or defensive or flustered - never letting 'em see him sweat.

Exactly what you're looking for.

 06-15-2007, 09:16 AM         #442
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 11 years ago '05        #443
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I can't wait to see what Garrett does with this offense. He's a smart dude, I'd imagine he's drawing up some good sh*t

 06-15-2007, 05:40 PM         #444
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Damn hope these changes make a difference, but after last season'd defensive melt down they can't be a whole lot worse.

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fu*k DALLAS!!!


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I'M Just warming up for the season...

 06-17-2007, 06:49 PM         #446
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fu*k PHILLY!!!


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McNabb's out for the season... AGAIN!
I fixed it for you...now kick rocks up outta this thread and take that ugly-b00ty'd b*tch in your avy with you, f*g.:finger:


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 06-17-2007, 07:43 PM         #447
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I fixed it for you...now kick rocks up outta this thread and take that ugly-b00ty'd b*tch in your avy with you, f*g.:finger:
:wow: :eek: :omg: :eek: :wow:

E.T.H.E.R.E.D. like Nas did Jay-Z :hang: :hang:

*watches the blood dry on the wall*


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 06-17-2007, 09:38 PM         #449
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Only certain people have earned the pass to be formidable sh*t talkers...he obviously didn't know any better.

Here lies Queermir14...

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lmmfaooo

that was soo harsh

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