Wade Phillips had a perfect opportunity to seize the day and show leadership as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. When rookie cornerback Mike Jenkins decided to make a business decision and purposely miss tackling backup Giants running back Derek Ward, a door opened for Phillips to make his own business decision that would have sent shockwaves through the Cowboys locker room.
Instead, all he did was say that his two rookie cornerbacks did not play that well against the Giants. Really? They didn’t play well? Jenkins deserves no credit for the give-me interception he had in the game. It was thrown right to him and the play was a miscommunication between the quarterback and wide receiver. I guess we should be thankful he did not drop it. However, his decision to purposely miss a tackle deserved far more attention that what Phillips gave it. They just didn’t play well? Come on.
The disease is spreading all over the locker room. Someone has instilled in this team that giving up is OK. Someone instilled in this locker room that it is OK to lose hope when you are down in the fourth quarter. Someone said it is OK to believe that the famous Frank Reich-led comeback in the Bills-Oilers matchup was an anomoly that will never happen again in the NFL.
That someone is Wade Phillips.