OXNARD, CA - AUGUST 14: Head coach Wade Phillips addresses the media during Dallas Cowboys Training Camp at the Marriott Residence Inn Oxnard River Ridge on August 14, 2010 in Oxnard, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Head coach Wade Phillips doesn’t want to hear any noise about the defense’s inability to create turnovers, or the offense’s continued struggles in the red zone in Sunday night’s 13-7 season-opening loss to the Washington Redskins, and we kind of agree with him--kind of.
“It is one game. We’ll see what happens,” Phillips said, per ESPN Dallas. “We’ll see what happens. One game isn’t a trend.”
Indeed, one game isn’t a trend; and it’s certainly too early to mash down on the panic button. But the aforementioned troubles, as ESPN’s Tim MacMahon points out, didn’t surface in the Sunday night loss--they were present all through the 2009 season, which, at least in some regard, makes them trends.
Dallas forced 24 turnovers in 2009, 18th in the league; they had exactly zero on Sunday night. Dallas scored 27 touchdowns in 50 trips to the red zone in 2009, good enough for 14th in the league; on Sunday night, they were one for three. And sure, every key piece from the 2009 squad--the one with all those pesky troubles--remains in 2010. But Wade insists that this is a different bunch. And he doesn’t want to hear it.
“Well, this is a different team,” Phillips said. “We’re a different team.”
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