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Ditka Defends Wade: "It's Not Like He's Playing"

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Ditka Defends Wade: "It's Not Like He's Playing"

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371240 04: Former coach of the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bear football player Mike Ditka introduces a new security monitoring product called SecureView June 20, 2000 in Chicago, IL. SeaView Video Technology Inc.''s newest product, SecureView, with a "camera in a light bulb," utilizes an actual camera located inside a small floodlight-type bulb that screws into a light socket and can display its monitored video on any TV in the home or office. SecureView utilizes a proprietary IRFS video transmission technology to stream live, full motion video over existing AC or DC wiring. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Newsmakers)

With the Dallas Cowboys at 1-6, head coach Wade Phillips is currently weathering a veritable barrage of criticism. General thought has Phillips exiting Dallas after this season, and some believe a move may come before then. At any rate, there’s no doubt that Phillips’ position in Dallas is precarious.

But Phillips got some support from an unlikely source recently in Super Bowl-winning head coach Mike Ditka, who argued in an appearance on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” that, with the Dallas players performing at such a low level, there’s only so much a coach can do to stem the tide of badness.

"I've been there. It's no fun. It's no fun,” Ditka said, per the Dallas Morning News. “It's not like Wade's playing. I mean, I watched the whole game. He didn't drop a pass, he didn't make a fumble, he didn't get a penalty.

“I'm sorry, he's got that sideline that stops him from going on the field. He can't make a difference. Well, you're going to come back and say, 'He makes a difference with his decisions.' Well, I don't care what decision you make. You can make a bad decision and the players can make it look good. You can make a good decision and they can make it look bad. Maybe he's made a lot of good decisions that have gone bad because of the players play.”

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Related Topics Wade Phillips, Mike Ditka
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