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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