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Dave Goldberg
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Dave Goldberg

Covered the NFL for the AP for 25 years and now is a senior NFL writer for Fanhouse.com

Leave it alone, Jerry

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At one point as Dallas was going down in Minnesota on Sunday, Wade Phillips was caught on camera talking in what looked like a harsh manner to Dave Campo, his defensive backfield coach. It was a reminder of the dog days of the Cowboys _ Campo, a hand-me-down from Jimmy Johnson, was head coach in Dallas for three seasons, going 5-11 in 2000, 5-11 in 2001, and 5-11 in 2002.

At least he was consistent.

Jerry Jones apparently has decided to keep Phillips despite the 34-3 loss in Minnesota. That's a good idea _ if he changed, he was more likely

to get a Dave Campo than he is one of the coaching superstars he'd like to have run his team. Mike Shanahan already is in Washington; Mike Holmgren in Cleveland; Tony Dungy is remaining retired, and Bill Cowher is staying out of football for a while _ the latest rumor has him wanting the Giants job and waiting until Tom Coughlin retires or is fired by one of Jones' fiercest rivals.

Which leaves him with ...

Well, not Dave Campo. But maybe Jason Garrett, who has gone from being the hottest assistant on the market to a dud and now is moving back up the food chain because of the way the Cowboys' offense has improved in the second half of this season.

Leave it alone, Jerry.

As it turned out, the odds were against you -- the Vikings are 9-0 at home, where the enclosed crowd is on top of the field and makes it impossible to run an offense on anything but a silent count. That's why Tony Romo got sacked six times. It didn't help that Flozell Adams was hurt and the Vikings' offense is good. Or that Brett Favre and Sidney Rice have this chemistry going, especially at home. Sort of like Romo and Miles Austin.

All that is life in the NFL.

The Cowboys won the NFC East this season.They finally won a playoff game, getting that 1996 monkey off their back and finally getting Phillips a postseason "W'' after four losses. Romo was the winning pitcher, another losing streak erased. Some young players matured: Austin, Anthony Spencer, Michael Jenkins, all of whom should serve the Cowboys well into the future.

So yeah, Wade did OK this year. So did Norv Turner, who Jerry tried to hire before he hired Phillips. He won 11 straight in San Diego, then lost more ignominiously than Wade did -- at home to the Jets, a team that was supposed to have no chance.

In fact, the Cowboys dumped the right guy last offseason -- Terrell Owens.

Don't dump the wrong one now.

By Dave Goldberg  |  January 18, 2010; 12:19 PM ET  | Category:  Dallas Cowboys Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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