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Cowboys honor "promise" to Wade

Cowboys coach Wade Phillips had an opportunity to return to his hometown on Sunday and match his father’s career win total.

And then there’s the whole “avoiding 0-3” thing.

In the end, Wade’s Cowboys climbed to 1-2 — and Wade tied Bum’s 82 all-time victories — with a 27-13 victory over the Texans in Houston.

The win fulfilled a promise that the players made to their coach.

“You could tell that we were ready,” Phillips said after the game.  “I emphasized that we need to be that
ready every game.  And that’s a promise that
I got from the team, that they will be.”

The result was a decisive win that few expected.

“Our team came out and showed the way we can play,” Phillips said.  “The little
things that were missing for a couple games, I thought we came through with.  We
played solid all the way around, made a lot of big plays in the game.  It’s nice to
come back to my hometown and win this game.  We said there was a sense of
urgency, we needed to win this game.  We put some pressure on ourselves to win
the ball game and we came out and did it.  We had a lot of guys that played
really good, a lot of guys that impressed me.”

A trying week following a second straight loss to open the season resulted in a players-only meeting.  From Wade’s perspective, the fact that they won means that the move worked.

“It did now, yeah,” he said.  “The
players’ team meeting helped now.  I think it’s just the team itself getting ready
to play.  We practiced well all week.  It’s a combination of a lot of things.”

And so the Cowboys enter their bye week on a high note, and three of the next four games are at home (Tennessee, at Minnesota, New York Giants, Jacksonville).  Though the Titans look pretty, pretty good, the Cowboys could win all four — and they’d be back on the road to, um, Dallas.

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12 Responses to “Cowboys honor "promise" to Wade”
  1. agenice says: Sep 26, 2010 7:10 PM

    How gay.
    Why does this POS team get so much press?

  2. boysroll says: Sep 26, 2010 7:15 PM

    to all the htrs…..HOW BOUT THOSE COWBOYS!!!! WE R BACK MTHER FERS….

  3. RedGoneWILD says: Sep 26, 2010 7:20 PM

    way to explain what the promise was…
    did they promise to win so he could tie his daddy, or win so they could avoid 0-3, or promise they would get back on the road to, um, dallas?

  4. Woe is Mets says: Sep 26, 2010 7:29 PM

    Jerry Jones’ Pledge to America

  5. leaguemvp says: Sep 26, 2010 7:38 PM

    wade, make them promise to not lose anymore games…..

  6. ipeefreely says: Sep 26, 2010 8:00 PM

    Way to go Cowboys… now what about this whole battle of Texas thing? I think the best team won.

  7. Florios'Lawyer says: Sep 26, 2010 8:05 PM

    hey boysroll…
    The Girls on well on their way to a losing record.
    /tell Jerry I said FU

  8. Igottz5onit says: Sep 26, 2010 8:35 PM

    After reading the title I thought they all blew wade phillips, after all Dez Bryant is on the team, and if he takes after his mom…

  9. Jeff Dodson says: Sep 26, 2010 9:20 PM

    Cut them some slack. If you hate the Cowboys so much, why are spending so much energy bashing them go to your own teams wensite
    hated by some

  10. Florios'Lawyer says: Sep 26, 2010 9:47 PM

    # Jeff Dodson says: September 26, 2010 9:20 PM
    hated by some
    All what?

  11. Wick says: Sep 26, 2010 10:02 PM

    How does any right-minded person not like Wade Phillips? The guy is likable as heck — so was/is his dad. Good people.

  12. Jackson says: Sep 27, 2010 10:01 AM

    # Wick says: September 26, 2010 10:02 PM
    How does any right-minded person not like Wade Phillips? The guy is likable as heck — so was/is his dad. Good people.
    I don’t think the issue is that people don’t “like” Wade. People just think he’s not a very good leader and I think that’s a fair statement. Wade is a very smart coordinator and does very well at that job, however leading a team as HC and calling plays as a DC are completely different. He does not have control over the offense and lets Garrett do whatever he wants. He has no clue how to put people in their place which certain situations warrant from time to time. He wants to be the good guy to his players and coaches constantly and as HC you have to be the bad guy some times. He has no balls and in crucial situations it shows.
    but yeah…….he’s a very likable guy. actually, he’s a great guy but that doesn’t make him a good HC.

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