Wade Phillips' waffle of words

Cowboys coach lauds his players yet acknowledges they aren't 'ready for prime time'

Updated: September 1, 2010, 8:58 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys might have to iron out some kinks the size of the hills that overlooked their Oxnard, Calif., practice fields, but Wade Phillips seemed to be in midseason form Monday.

The head coach rationalized his team's poor preseason performance. He praised some individual performances in the wake of a lopsided loss. He made comments that sounded an awful lot like excuses, speaking of "vanilla schemes" and "carrying a short stick" and a tired team after a five-week training ...

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