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Post Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 8:09 pm 
 

Who would you rather have?  Norv Turner?  Mike Singletary?  Why make a comment like that if you won't at least post your opinion as to why you think hiring Wade Phillips was such a big mistake?


I'm not aware of all the candidates they interviewed, but I would take the two you mentioned over Phillips.

My preference would be someone like Jim Mora or Mike Martz.

  

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Post Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 8:29 pm 
 

Sea-to-sky-games wrote:I think he hasn't done a good job with the teams he's coached in the past.  Moreover, there are a few peculiar things he's done.

For instance, with the Bills he benched Flutie (their star quarterback at the time) for the '99 playoffs because Rob Johnson had one good game in the final game of the season (they were resting Flutie). That strikes me as a large managerial mistake.


He was the safe choice.  Jerry knew the defensive side of the ball were where all the problems were last year, and he needed a defensive minded coach.  This is a team that was humilitated by the Detroit freakin Lions the last game of the season, who put up their biggest point total of the year in one of only a few games they won.  The defense also spit the bit vs the Eagles and Saints in the preceding weeks. Seeing all the first round draft picks on the defensive side of the ball, plus the fact you have bonafide play makers in Demetrius Ware and Roy Williams that were handcuffed by the game plan (Did you see games where they were ROLLED BACK INTO COVERAGE????  I did, because I remember throwing up when they did so....)  As for the Flutie mistake, well he's had 7 years to hopefully learn from that, and I don't think he's going to bench Romo for some backup dude, he has to know Tony is his bread and butter for however long he is going to be the coach.
  That being said, I wish Jerry had gotten a little more experimental with the coach.  Phillips seemed to be the safe pick.  But he's old (60 years), and the emerging trend in the NFL seems to be hot young defensive or offensive coordinators, and that trend seems to be paying dividends for teams like the Saints.  I don't think Mike Martz or Jim Mora would have been the answer. Mora's playoff record is even more abysmal than Phillips (0-6) and he managed to screw up Colts teams with Peyton Manning, Ed James and Marvin Harrison.  His forte seems to be turning around really terrible teams, which the Cowboys arne't. Martz has continually underwhelmed me the last few years....he seems to really flourish as the architect of a particular type of offense, the high scoreing throw the ball all the time, and seems lost without that.  Wasn't too impressed with his work with the Lions either, but then look what he had to work with...
  I would have loved to see Ron Rivera or Singletary in here as head coach, I think they were unknowns but could have provided a real spark.

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Post Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 8:57 pm 
 

I think our defensive weakness is overplayed. We lost our star defensive end midseason (greg ellis) which coincided pretty closely with the defensive implosion.  We had no pass rush the rest of the season which will kill every team and expose guys like Roy Williams.

  

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Post Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 9:22 pm 
 

Well I for one am breathing a sigh of relief that Jerry didnt pick Norv Turner.  He does not have what it takes to be a good head coach and the only reason he got the chance with the Redskins was from riding on Jimmy Johnson's coattails.

Mike Singletary may someday prove to be a great coach...but not with the Cowboys.  As tough as he is I have a feeling that Jerry would drive him to suicide...and only if Terrell didnt first.

Say what you will but the Cowboys need some work done on defense, specifically the secondary.  Pat Watkins is a liability.  He was a pretty darn good defensive back at Florida St. but he needs to smarten up now that he is in the NFL.  Bobby Carpenter needs seasoning as well and with Phillips I think he will get that.  And Roy Williams, as good as he is, needs to stop ducking his head and closing his eyes when he is about to put a hurt on someone.  He hit just as many of his own teammates as he did the opposition this past year.  :?

I would love to see Dallas trade up a bit and get someone like Laron Landry from LSU to play safety.  Amobi Akoye from Louisville would be a great pickup to bolster the defensive line.  Wonder if they are going to pick up another QB at some point as well?

  


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Post Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 9:28 pm 
 

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 1:19 am 
 

Sea-to-sky-games wrote:I think our defensive weakness is overplayed. We lost our star defensive end midseason (greg ellis) which coincided pretty closely with the defensive implosion.  We had no pass rush the rest of the season which will kill every team and expose guys like Roy Williams.


         My problem there was that Greg Ellis was NOT Lawrence Taylor.  Losing one player, who happens to be a guy playing out of position for the first time in his career, shouldn't cause that sort of collapse unless he's an absolute franchise player. Before this season, I don't think half the fans of the Cowboys (and half the coaches) would have cared if Ellis was traded to another team in the offseason, yet by midseason he's the reason we are getting 40 pts a game clocked on us?  Losing one guy like that shouldn't have let teams like the Saints, Eagles and Lions basically run wild over you the last month of the season. It's like the Cowboys defensive coaches just threw their arms in the air and said "That's it! We're done!" when Greg got hurt.
   One word of advice to Wade Phillips: If you want to improve the defense, I dont' want to EVER see Roy Williams sliding back to "help" the CBs in coverage again.  Ever. Williams is an explosive defensive player whose talents were totally ignored this season.  He creates havoc when he plays close to the line, he looks like Stephen Hawking when he's trying to cover anyone.  I agree the pass rush made him look bad, but that's because Roy should have BEEN the pass rush.  If the man played closer up front, I honestly think he might be mentioned in the same breath as LT someday.
 BTW, I bet my wife tonight the news would lead with the Wade Phillips signing instead of the Anna Nicole Smith death....I was half right, half the stations did, the other half did a short ANS story before diving into Cowboys news for almost the entire 30 minutes afterward. I mean, this IS the Dallas Cowboys, kids. and we are in Dallas.... 8)

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 1:24 am 
 

Hey, UK guys...

What do you think about American millionaire (and owner of the Dallas Stars hockey team and Texas Rangers basebal team) Tom Hicks buying the Liverpool stadium/soccer team there?  Any insights to what the sentiment is overseas?  Word is here he's just buying the team to get the rights to the stadium....he doesn't know a thing about soccer.

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 1:34 am 
 

Badmike wrote:Hey, UK guys...

What do you think about American millionaire (and owner of the Dallas Stars hockey team and Texas Rangers basebal team) Tom Hicks buying the Liverpool stadium/soccer team there?  Any insights to what the sentiment is overseas?  Word is here he's just buying the team to get the rights to the stadium....he doesn't know a thing about soccer.

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The way I see it, its probably a 5/10 year investment thing. A top Premiership club like Liverpool will always be a safe bet as regards earning potential so it's just a matter of how much money over how long a period of time.
I guess he's a 'sports' guy who's jumping on the bandwagon a bit - he'll go to a few games, perhaps wear a shirt (jersey) and then drop out of sight in the UK.
HOWEVER - should he try and move Liverpool from Anfield.............. Well I wouldn't want the wrath of a million scousers!


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 7:44 am 
 

killjoy32 wrote:
that ponting though - what a player. hes like that steve waugh - you just cant get him out!

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True .. great players ... but then there has been alot of retirement in the Aussie team.  This should give England a fighting chance now.

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 8:51 am 
 

gyg wrote:The way I see it, its probably a 5/10 year investment thing. A top Premiership club like Liverpool will always be a safe bet as regards earning potential so it's just a matter of how much money over how long a period of time.
I guess he's a 'sports' guy who's jumping on the bandwagon a bit - he'll go to a few games, perhaps wear a shirt (jersey) and then drop out of sight in the UK.
HOWEVER - should he try and move Liverpool from Anfield.............. Well I wouldn't want the wrath of a million scousers!


Absolutely.  Personally I think that football clubs are huge moneypits and it would be very difficult to make much money from a team (other than Manchester United where the IP rights will make you money).  Liverpool probably isn't far off though.

I agree that if he tried to move Liverpool from Anfield he'd face a lot of problems!

  


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 8:53 am 
 

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... but then there has been alot of retirement in the Aussie team.  This should give England a fighting chance now.


Well we've just beat the Aussies in the first game of the final of the triangular series in Melbourne.  By a whole four wickets (or four balls  :wink:  )

  


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 10:39 am 
 

Sardan wrote:
Absolutely.  Personally I think that football clubs are huge moneypits and it would be very difficult to make much money from a team (other than Manchester United where the IP rights will make you money).  Liverpool probably isn't far off though.

I agree that if he tried to move Liverpool from Anfield he'd face a lot of problems!

Sardan, gyg---wasn't there some talk in the recent past about Liverpool moving from Anfield into a new stadium, because expanding the stadium was not possible for some reason?

  

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 10:43 am 
 

sleepyCO wrote:Sardan, gyg---wasn't there some talk in the recent past about Liverpool moving from Anfield into a new stadium, because expanding the stadium was not possible for some reason?


Word on the street here in Dallas is that Hicks bought the club for the rights to the stadium...he sees money in the property itself, whether for selling it or holding more events there, or fixing it up and reselling it, no one knows.  Hopefully he didn't buy it to move the team and piss off a bunch of drunken soccer hooligans!!!! :twisted:

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 11:18 am 
 

Sardan wrote:
Well we've just beat the Aussies in the first game of the final of the triangular series in Melbourne.  By a whole four wickets (or four balls  :wink:  )


Sard, they ARE moving from Anfield....they are building a new stadium in Stanley Park (which is right between Anfield and Goodison for those who dont know).

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 11:22 am 
 

Badmike wrote:Hopefully he didn't buy it to move the team and piss off a bunch of drunken soccer hooligans!!!! :twisted:
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Arent you repeating yourself?
Drunks and hooligans and soccer fans.....
All three critters are the same things arent they?


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 11:25 am 
 

sleepyCO wrote:Sardan, gyg---wasn't there some talk in the recent past about Liverpool moving from Anfield into a new stadium, because expanding the stadium was not possible for some reason?


sleepy: well if you ever go to Anfield, you will quickyl understand why they cant expand the stadium anymore :)

the new one they have planned will be pretty amazing so i look forward to it, but it will be sad to leave Anfield.

They will still have a Kop in the new stadium i guarantee you.

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 9:05 pm 
 

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They will still have a Kop in the new stadium i guarantee you.

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But such things are never the same - take it from someone who spent many happy afternoons at Millwall's Den - The 'New Den' just never cut it even though it was bigger/better/easier to get to etc etc.

(Presumably only the English among us will understand the impact Millwall FC had on English football!! :twisted: )


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Post Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2007 5:57 am 
 

gyg wrote:But such things are never the same - take it from someone who spent many happy afternoons at Millwall's Den - The 'New Den' just never cut it even though it was bigger/better/easier to get to etc etc.

(Presumably only the English among us will understand the impact Millwall FC had on English football!! :twisted: )


ah but youre not liverpool. we will embrace the new as the old. and after all, its already not the old kop stand anyway. i was there for the very last game before the ripped it all out and changed it to seating.

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