Wade Phillips is talking again, at least this week.
Phillips ended the gag order at the NFL owners meetings, saying it was partly his decision not to talk since the day after the 2008 season ended.
“I didn’t have anything to say,” Phillips said Tuesday at the St. Regis Resort. “I’ve been a little disappointed that things have come out that we felt like weren’t true at all, and if you start talking about those things, then it’s a he-said, she-said. I don’t like to go into all that, but I was disappointed in some of the reporting that we felt like wasn’t accurate about our football team and what happened. We were certainly disappointed we didn’t win enough, but it got carried away in my opinion, and there’s no use talking about it, in my opinion.”
The Cowboys ended the season with a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, and since Phillips’ post-season press conference a day later, Phillips and his staff have hardly been heard from.
Owner Jerry Jones explained the gag order at the NFL Scouting Combine last month, calling it necessary to have one voice in the organization.
“We, or I, was getting a lot of whatever [criticism], whatever you want to call it, which is natural, which we expect,” Phillips said. “I just don’t think there’s a whole lot to comment about.”
Phillips, who is entering his third season in Dallas, is required by the NFL to speak Wednesday at the NFC Coaches’ Breakfast. Since the end of the season, when Phillips last talked to the media, the Cowboys have released Adam “Pacman” Jones and Terrell Owens, traded Anthony Henry and signed three veterans.
The Cowboys also fired defensive coordinator Brian Stewart, and Phillips now will serve as the team’s defensive coordinator.
“We said there was going to be change; there is change; and there will be more change,” Phillips said. “The draft will certainly be a part of that. Once we start getting the football team together and our off-season program starts Monday, there are a few changes in that. …We’re looking forward to it.”
-- Charean Williams