As if things weren't bad enough for the Dallas Cowboys, cornerback Terence Newman decided to jump into the Sweet Valley High drama on Friday, and started pointing fingers at the Dallas coaching staff for not setting an example of what it means to be accountable.
This comes a day after reports surfaced that Terrell Owens was jealous of the fact Tony Romo and Jason Witten are best friends forever, and that the two hold double-super-secret meetings to design plays that purposely keep the ball out of Mr. Owens' hands. Even though Romo has been throwing the ball to Owens more than any other player on the team in recent weeks. But, hey, in the immortal words of Homer Simpson: "Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything, 14% of people know that."
Anyway, Tim MacMahon of the Dallas Morning News has Newman's quotes from his appearance on ESPN Friday morning and, well, he's blaming somebody else for the team being full of guys that like to blame somebody else. Yeah, accountability.
"Players make the plays, they give up the plays, they take the blame for that," Newman said. "When coaches make mistakes around here, there's nothing said about it. They just go and try to diffuse it, and try to put that blame on somebody else, rather than owning up to it. I think that's one of the things that's hurting us as a team, players just not owning up to things that happened, as well as coaches."
Newman, by the way, agrees with the suggestion that Owens needs to get the ball more. Apparently, he too missed the memo that is making the rounds that Romo has targeted Owens on more passes than any other receiver since his return to the lineup.
This is where we all look at Wade Phillips and say, "Hello, is there anybody home?" Of course, I've never been impressed with Phillips as a head coach in the NFL. I mean, this is a guy who once benched his starting quarterback going into a playoff game because the backup -- Rob Johnson, of all people -- played well in a meaningless week 17 game. I imagine this is what things would have been like in Dallas had Dave Campo had a talented team full of ego-maniacs that liked to hear the sound of their own voice. Chaos. Total chaos.
As for Phillips, he's convinced everything is fine and dandy in the locker room so, please, enough talking. No more talking. Stop talking!
"I've talked to the team, I've been with the team. I think the team has talked together. We've all talked together. There's enough talking. We need to get it done. That's what I told them. We need to get it done. That's the most important thing."
I haven't seen this much drama since 10th grade, when Sara got mad at Katie for telling Miriam that Dan liked Alicia. Though, that scenario featured far more hair pulling.
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