MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 31: Head coach Wade Phillips of the Dallas Cowboys looks on from the sidelines during the 2010 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 31, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
We here at Blue Star think it’s time we start exploring the possibility that Wade Phillips is losing is mind. Normally, we may not agree with Phillips’ explanations for this or that, or his tendency to act as an apologist for his players, but his reasoning is sound if not at times aggravating. On Wednesday, Phillips took it to another, kind of insane level.
As you may have heard by now, Cowboys’ kicker David Buehler missed four of five field goal attempts in practice, none of which were from more than forty yards out. The media was shortly shooed from the practice field, but they, as reporters sometimes do, had some questions for the head coach afterward. Namely, what was with Buehler? Isn’t that, you know, kind of worrisome?
So... Buehler was bad, sure, but we can take solace in that he is only one of the many Cowboys struggling? This reasoning is specious at best, insane at worst, and not at all what we’d expect from a coach who is on an increasingly hot seat. Then, Wade has never been traditional. And aside from that, Buehler can’t possibly be blamed for those misses. Why, you ask?
“You know, the wind was blowing today,” Phillips said. “The further you get out, the tougher it is. But that’s part of it. He needs to make all he can.”
In this vein, I’d like to offer my kicking services to Wade if this whole "Buehler" thing doesn’t work out. Because, I promise, I’ll make all I can.
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