If I felt badly for taking two days off to tend to my other life, that ended when I saw that both the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Wade Phillips had lost his anonymity. And to think that you can get paid for reporting this stuff!
[I personally make 38 cents a day through AdSense, so I probably ought to continue to focus on grading…]
Anyway, here is the DMN version of the breaking coverage:
Wade Phillips’ anonymity is gone.
As the Cowboys’ head coach walked through the halls of the Indianapolis Convention Center Friday he stopped to pose for pictures, sign autographs and shake hands of strangers, some from a gymnastics competition unaware the NFL Scouting Combine was even in town.
“Quite a bit different,” Phillips said in an empty walkway above Maryland Street, leading to the Marriott hotel the Cowboys are calling home this week. “A lot of people saying hello, wanting to talk. I think a lot of them had Dallas Cowboys’ helmets and all kinds of stuff.”
Phillips wasn’t just stopped by those strangers, but also by assistant coaches, scouts and general managers from other teams who wished him well. Even a Redskins assistant coach patted Phillips on the back as he walked by.
“I forgot how many people I know,” Phillips said. “There’s been a lot of football kind of people happy for me because I’ve been around. I’ve been an assistant coach for a good amount of time. I think they see that I’ve gotten an opportunity and one day they might, too.”
Here’s an interesting blurb on Phillips’ plan to use Greg Ellis next season:
The natural assumption upon Phillips’ hiring was that, in the Cowboys’ 3-4 defense, linebacker DeMarcus Ware would play a role like that of Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman.
Merriman had 27 sacks the past two years under Phillips with San Diego.
According to Phillips, however, Greg Ellis will play Merriman’s position, with Ware playing the linebacker spot on the opposite side.
“Both of those positions are pretty important to our defense,” Phillips said. “If you get good guys there, it makes it tough on the offense. They don’t know which way to slide the line.”
The key for Ellis is rehabbing from a torn Achilles tendon that sidelined him for the last seven games last season. Phillips said he talked to Ellis on Thursday and was told that things were going well with rehab.
Of course, being mindful of Merriman’s 17 sacks in 12 games in 2006 might help Ellis get healthy a little faster.
I can’t help but think of Kevin Smith after he returned in 1996 from a torn Achilles. Never quite the same.
The Cowboys may hire former San Diego assistant Brian Stewart to coach in the secondary. Dallas reportedly tried to contact him before but was refused permission by the Chargers. But then San Diego signed Baylor defensive coordinator Bill Bradley to coach the secondary and released Stewart from his contract. Now we can talk to him.
Super, except for this part about Todd Bowles being promoted to defensive coodinator:
Stewart could join the Cowboys as defensive coordinator, however, Todd Bowles, who has been on the Cowboys’ staff since 2005, is also under consideration for that job.
Phillips will primarily call the plays for his 3-4 defense. Stewart could be the final addition to Phillips’ staff.
Not only do I fail to see that Bowles is defensive coodinator material, but I also think that Mr. Archer has misused “however” because it is not preceded by a semicolon as it should. Here is a site that seems to agree with me. Now back to grading.