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Cowboys Dismiss Titans' "Dirty" Reputation

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Cowboys Dismiss Titans' "Dirty" Reputation

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In the aftermath of the Denver Broncos’ 26-20 victory over the Tennessee Titans last Sunday, much was made of the play of the Titans, which some--including Broncos’ quarterback Kyle Orton, and head coach Josh McDaniels--perceived as dirty. To be sure, there’s some evidence to suggest this.

Tennessee cornerback Cortland Finnegan has been fined each of the last three games for personal fouls. The latest incident, in which he punched a helmet-less Broncos’ offensive lineman, was what drew Orton’s ire in the first place. The team leads the league in penalties and personal fouls, and it’s not even really close.

But the Dallas Cowboys, who will face the Titans on Sunday, are not worried about the accusations of dirty play being consistently lobbed at Tennessee and have all but dismissed questions regarding the issue.

"I don't see them as cheap at all," said Head Coach Wade Phillips, per FanHouse.com. "They play hard. I disagree with whatever Denver said. I coached with Jeff Fisher and I know how he coaches and what kind of guy he is. I know what he is telling his players. I see a really hard-working team that gets after you on defense, but that's what defense is all about."

Quarterback Tony Romo wasn’t so definite in his dismissal of the accusations of dirty play on the part of Tennessee, but said, basically, that he’ll believe it when he sees it.

"I don't know that it's anything cheap,” Romo said, “So it's just speculation until I see anything."

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