After a rough preseason and an ugly dress rehearsal game in Houston, head coach Wade Phillips is struggling to decide whether or not to break with tradition, and play his starters in the preseason finale on Thursday against the Miami Dolphins. If he indeed opts to go with the first team, it appears now that there’s a chance they’ll be facing Miami’s first team.
Like Phillips, Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano, a former assistant in Dallas, was unhappy with his team’s effort in the dress rehearsal last week--and like Phillips, he won’t dismiss the idea of using his starters on Thursday night in Arlington.
"My approach is that we didn’t play very well the other night," Sparano said on Monday, per ESPN Dallas. "So, I have to do what is in the best interest of my football team to get my football team ready to play against the Buffalo Bills. So, whatever that takes on Thursday night is what I’ll do.
“In other words, I have no real governor right now on how long people are playing. They just better be ready to play.”
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