KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 11: Head Coach Wade Phillips of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during warm-up prior to the NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadiumin on October 11, 2009 Kansas City, Missouri. The Cowboys defeated the Chiefs 26-20 in overtime. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
With a presumably increased role in the offense, as his knee continues to heal, Felix Jones appeared for a few moments last week, to be out as the Cowboys' kick returner.
Wade Phillips seemed to say as much in a late week press conference. Apparently not though.
Jones fielded Green Bay's first two kickoffs, giving way to rookie Kevin Ogletree on the third. Ogletree's was the longest run-back, grabbing 22 yards. This could signal, once more, and for real this time, a change in kick-return personnel; what it does not signal--and I want to be clear on this--is that Wade Phillips flip-flopped.
The head coach, on 105.3 The Fan's The Jagger Show Wednesday morning, took time from discussing his polite but obvious disagreement with a slew of calls on Sunday to point out that he hadn't said that Felix Jones wouldn't return kicks; he said that Jones wouldn't return kicks if he was heavily involved in the offense.
Of course, he wasn't; Jason Garrett made sure of it. Which makes Jones' being utilized in the return game explainable, and--again, let's be clear--exonerates Phillips completely from charges of flip-flopping.
"I didn't flip-flop at all," Phillips said. "I said we were working other guys. Because if we were going to use Felix more in ballgames, I didn't want him back on kickoffs as much. We didn't use him as much this game (Green Bay), so we used him as a kick returner. I didn't say [he wouldn't return kicks] though.
"You know," Phillips said finally, "listening is a skill."