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Cowboys coaches staying around

Cowboys coaches staying around

IRVING, Texas - Wade Phillips will be back as coach of the Dallas Cowboys next season, and Jason Garrett will remain in charge of the offense, regardless of whether the team makes the playoffs, club owner Jerry Jones said Friday.

And he said it vehemently.

"The coaches are in place. I've said that. How can I be any clearer?" Jones said. "Look, I've said that our coaching staff, as far as I'm concerned, is in place. I just want to make the statement rather than answer questions because your questions imply certain things that I don't want to imply.

"I'm saying that when I look at where we are coaching staff-wise and when I look at where we are personnel-wise, I see a team that is in place to compete for several years."

Still, the questions continued because this team that went 13-3 last season and owned the No. 1 seed in the NFC is now 9-6 and trying to grab the last available wild-card into this season's playoffs.

The Cowboys will get it with a win Sunday in Philadelphia. If they lose, there's been speculation that Jones would fire Phillips. There's long been speculation that Phillips might be pushed aside, and Garrett promoted from offensive coordinator, next season anyway as Dallas moves into a new $1.1 billion, 100,000-seat stadium.

"And I'd like to go in that new stadium with a Super Bowl win," Jones said.

But what if they don't make the playoffs? Could things change then?

"Look, can y'all not understand statements?" Jones said. "What the (expletive) is going on here? Really. I really don't understand what is going on. The coaching staff is in place. The coaching staff is in place. The building is here. You want to ask the question, what if it blows down?"

When it was mentioned that Jones has made a bold statement before, then changed his mind, the owner shot back, "I don't know when. Point it out."

Jones has been consistent in his staunch support of his coaches. Following a loss to Baltimore last Saturday night, he challenged reporters to see how many first-year coaches win Super Bowls and questioned the logic of spending millions on bringing in someone with a good reputation in the pros or in college.

And when Jones spoke after the Ravens loss, he already feared that the Cowboys were out of the playoffs.

"Absolutely," he said Friday. "I saw the Grim Reaper coming out the door. ... Yes, I thought when we left the stadium late at night, I was pretty down and out."

Phillips has said all week that he's concerned only about the Eagles, not what might happen to his status if Dallas loses.

Still, he's aware of the stakes.

"I told the players I don't know if it's pressure. Pressure is getting to this point," Phillips said Friday, before Jones spoke. "Now we need to let it go and play, play our best.

"We'll try to coach our best, too."

Titans hurting

The Tennessee Titans on Friday listed three players who did not practice all week as doubtful and another as questionable for Sunday's game at Indianapolis.

Linebacker David Thornton (hip), cornerback Nick Harper (groin) and defensive end Dave Ball (back) will all be doubtful for the regular-season finale after not practicing Wednesday or Friday. Titans players had Christmas Day off.

Additionally, running back LenDale White did not practice all week because of illness and will be questionable for the game.

The Titans also declared three injured players - defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (groin), defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (knee) and center Kevin Mawae (elbow) as out of the game.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher said all three quarterbacks - Kerry Collins, Vince Young and Chris Simms - could see action this week.

Other developments

Briefly: Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder expects to play against the New York Jets on Sunday, despite a knee injury that limited his practice time this week. ... Chicago Bears safety Mike Brown will miss the rest of the season due to a calf injury, leaving the defense without one of its emotional leaders heading into Sunday's game at Houston that could decide whether they make the playoffs. ... Minnesota Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin missed practice Friday due to flulike symptoms.

The Panthers' Damione Lewis missed practice for a third straight day Friday with a shoulder injury and was listed as doubtful. Maake Kemoeatu practiced on a limited basis and is questionable with a sprained right ankle that kept him out of last week's loss to the New York Giants. ... Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters is doubtful for the Buffalo Bills' game against New England after missing his third straight practice on Friday because of a knee injury. ... New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi is expected to sit out again Sunday against Buffalo because of a knee injury, and defensive end Richard Seymour is questionable with a sore back.

Mike Singletary was noncommittal Friday when the San Francisco 49ers' interim coach was asked whether offensive coordinator Mike Martz would return to the club with him next season.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 30, 2008

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