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February 27, 2010

Just CHILL: Phillips high on Spencer

Clarence Hill 

Coach Wade Phillips sees Pro Bowls in the future for linebacker Anthony Spencer who he believes ended the 2009 season playing not only as well as any player on team but in the league.

"Spencer was one of the best players in the league last year at the end of the year, in my opinion. One of the best players on our team, and we had several Pro Bowl players," Phillips said. " If you look at the last half of the year, you will see he was one of the most dominant players we had. I felt good for him even though he didn’t get the recognition I thought he should get, but I think he will if he keeps playing like that."

Spencer didn't make the Pro Bowl or any all-star team after notching six sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception in the last six games. But Phillips says it's only a matter of time if he continues to play the way he ended last season.

Phillips coached Hall of Fame linebacker Rickey Jackson in New Orleans and he has arguably the NFL's league's best pass rusher in DeMarcus Ware on the Cowboys. He says Spencer has the ability to play at their level.

“Oh yeah, there’s no doubt about it. He’s a dominant player,’’ Phillips said. "It’s pretty strong how good of a player he is.’’



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