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Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Discusses Future of Wade Phillips and Collective Bargaining
NEW YORK (Dec. 30, 2009)—Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, joins James Brown, Cris Collinsworth, Phil Simms and Warren Sapp this week on INSIDE THE NFL on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME to discuss the coaching status of Wade Phillips and the collective bargaining agreement.
INSIDE THE NFL is being produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films with new episodes airing on SHOWTIME every Wednesday during the NFL season through February 10, 2010. Pete Radovich serves as coordinating producer. The executive producers are Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports, and NFL Films President Steve Sabol.
Below are excerpts transcribed from this week’s episode:
(Jerry Jones on coaching status of Wade Phillips)
Cris Collinsworth: You haven’t said Wade (Phillips) is coming back. As the decision maker of the Dallas Cowboys, is that a bit intentional to keep the pressure on this football team as they go into the playoffs?
Jerry Jones: There is no need to because this team is motivated without me having to say, ‘Well I say our coach is going to be back.’ What is the case, and they understand that, is that we are going to be a better football team if we don’t make a coaching change. If I look back over the last 10 years and I need to re-do the last 10 years in varying areas, I look at the revolving door we’ve had with coaches here and that takes its toll. That takes its toll on the top personnel you have, on the schemes you run, so continuity would be important to me. There is no doubt the Dallas Cowboys would be better off in years to come if we can keep Wade Phillips as head coach.
(On Indianapolis Colts taking out their starters)
Phil Simms: I came down here today and I was ready to argue that the Colts did the right thing. That was my first thought, 14-0 they earned the right to do what they think was best for the football team. But as I watched that game, I changed my mind. I saw those players and I started thinking about what they have done over the years, what they have built. They can handle the pressure, the scrutiny that comes with being undefeated. And when I saw their faces on the sideline, I said, ‘Wow, I think they made a mistake.’ They should have gone for it.
Collinsworth: As a former player I was thinking I don’t know what I would have done on the sideline. I probably would have gone in the game. Really, I probably would have said, ‘I don’t care what you said’ …I would have said, ‘are you kidding me? We have a chance to be considered the greatest football team of all time.’ Think about what we do with the 1972 Miami Dolphins to this day. Every year we talk about them popping champagne. They are historically significant. The Indianapolis Colts because of the longer regular-season schedule, could have laid claim that they are the greatest football team of all-time. And all you have to do is let me finish a half. They only have to finish a half because they only have to play a quarter against Buffalo and win that game. Finish a half and we have the greatest team of all time.* * * * *