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February 21, 2008

Wade Phillips probably won't be happy but ...

One of Cowboys coach Wade Phillips complaints from early in the season does not appear as if it will be addressed this offseason by the NFL competition committee.
After the Cowboys rallied to defeat the Bills 25-24 on Oct. 8, 2007 in Buffalo on a last-second field goal by Nick Folk, Phillips expressed some displeasure that a coach could call a timeout from the sideline just a fraction before the kicker went into his motion.
If you recall, Folk hit a 53-yard field goal but the play was nullified because Bills coach Dick Jauron had called a timeout only a moment before the ball was snapped.
Ultimately it didn't matter because Folk hit it again.
But Phillips said the day after the game that coaches shouldn't have the power to make that call.
Titans head coach Jeff Fisher, who is a member of the NFL's competition committee, spoke to the possible rule change today and it's not happening.
Fisher said it was one of those trends that the league saw early in the season, and then it went away as the year progressed.
"I don't think you'll see any more of it," Fisher said.
At least not until the next time.

- Mac Engel

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