Linebacker Bradie James wants the Cowboys defense to just go out there and play physical, hard-nosed, straight-up defense. Forget about the fancy stuff, he says. Well, he said it like this:
"I think we don’t need to be sexy anymore. I think we just need to go out there and get ugly wins. I’ll take these ugly wins. The sexiness and trying to make big plays and all the gambling that we do, we don’t need to do that defensively. I think this team just needs to go out there and just play ball. It doesn’t have to be glamorous, just go out there and get a win and then we’ll take it and we’ll move forward. There’s no need to bring sexy back, just go out there and win and play hard."
I'm not sure if James is indicting Wade Phillips' scheme as being overly involved with gimmicks or not. In the opener at Tampa, the Cowboys got burned in the first half while trying to stunt and run blitz, and actually outschemed itself. At halftime, James and fellow inside linebacker Keith Brooking went to Phillips and told him they needed to go to their base defense. Which they did and had more success.