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Aikman, Irvin Criticize Play-Calling



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    IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 19: Troy Aikman, former Dallas Cowboys quaterback, speaks to the fans in front of former teammates Emmitt Smith (L) and Michael Irvin during a ceremony inducting Aikman into the Cowbos ring of honor at half-time of the game between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys on September 19, 2005 at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas. Former Cowboys teammates Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin were all inducted during the half-time ceremony. The Redskins won 14-13. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    Wade Phillips thought the play-calling at the end of Sunday's loss was fine. At least, that's what he said.

    "I'm OK with whatever he called, yes," he said today. Which is good; because everyone else seems to think two consecutive slants to Sam Hurd--who was covered by Champ Bailey--is categorically insane. This includes Cowboys legends turned media-figures Michael Irvin and Troy Aikman.

    Aikman, who called the game on Sunday, was actually immoderately soft on Tony Romo; probably excessively so. Yes, Tony Romo looked uncomfortable; but that roughly equates to saying that "Charles Manson was mean," or that "Tila Tequila dresses immodestly."

    However, Aikman may have snuck in a shot on the play-calling of his old back-up, after the final play of Dallas' final drive. [Bailey's] shown the league why you don't throw at Champ Bailey," he said, which was to say nothing of the utter madness of doing it twice, and with Bailey matched up against the Cowboys fourth receiver.

    Michael Irvin threw in his two cents on his radio show today, comparing Bailey (justifiably so, probably) to Deion Sanders.

    "Don't throw the ball to Champ Bailey," Irvin said, courtesy of Barry Horn's sports media blog on Dallas Morning News' website. "As much as I hated it, we didn't always throw the ball at Deion Sanders...As hot as it would make me, we wouldn't go at Deion."

    They (being, in my experience, angry football and baseball coaches) say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing, over and over, and expecting different results; this old truism would seem to indicate a need on the part of Jason Garrett to be outfitted with a straight jacket and a padded cell.

    The question is, how many losses will it take until Jerry realizes it.