In his postgame press conference Thursday night, head coach Wade Phillips had little positive to say about his team’s performance. Well, more accurately, he found exactly one positive in the game, which saw the Cowboys take a nine-point lead into the fourth before surrendering 17 unanswered points to the Raiders for a loss.
“I think the only good thing out of it is that we didn't get anyone hurt,” Phillips said. “That’s the way I feel right now.”
Later, one reporter would point out that kicker David Buehler and punter Mat McBriar had each played quite well; Phillips agreed, but point taken. This was an unhappy football coach. A preseason loss is one thing--it doesn’t ultimately matter. What matters more, to Phillips and company, is how the team lost.
Once again, Dallas failed to score a touchdown, despite five trips to the redzone, and the team surrendered five sacks, three of which came at Tony Romo’s expense.
“I’ll tell you what I told the team, this proves that we have more work to do,” Phillips said. “I’m not happy, obviously, with the result. We played more like the first preseason game than the second, in some areas. ...I didn’t like getting sacked five times in the first half, I can tell you that.
“That’s not good enough, like I said, we’ve got things we need to work on.”
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