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First up, we have a new edition of the DCFanatic Radio Show up where we discuss the hiring of Wade Phillips, how the rest of the staff might shake out, and the general direction of the Cowboys. Give it a listen here, I hope you enjoy it. The next show will be after the Scouting Combine.

Adam Schefter reports in on our Cowboys.

A Cowboys source said the team will try to sign Romo to another longer contract extension this season to prevent him from becoming a free agent after the '07 season.

It will not be cheap to tie down and lock up a Pro Bowl quarterback long term, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones knows the value Romo brings. Romo might be able to get more money if he were to have another Pro Bowl year and hit the market. But Romo also feels a sense of loyalty to Dallas, the team that signed him out of Eastern Illinois as an undrafted free agent.


Tony Romo is our QB for the foreseeable future and we need to lock him up to a contract extension. We need to give him a few years and see how it plays out on the field. To me, he's shown enough potential to be thought of as a long term solution. Go ahead and get it done, because the odds are in favor of Romo getting better this year, and will end up costing a whole lot more if we wait.

Schefter also says that San Diego has reached its limit with other teams hiring their coaches.

When new Cowboys coach Wade Phillips requested permission to interview and possibly hire San Diego's assistant linebackers coach John Pagano and defensive backs coach Brian Stewart, the Chargers said no.

They couldn't fathom losing two more coaches in an offseason in which they've already lost Phillips, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, tight ends coach Rob Chudzinski and linebackers coach Greg Manusky.


I wonder what position they wanted to talk to those guys about? Is this an indication that Wade Phillips isn't settled on Todd Bowles as the defensive coordinator? If so, I would like to see the Cowboys interview Ted Cottrell. In the same article, Schefter mentions that the Chargers may also be interested in Cottrell.

Some of the Dallas media just can't get over their love for Norv Turner.

My colleague, brother Galloway, put it well Sunday when he offered the opinion that Norv Turner told Jones the truth about his team, and Jerry didn't want to hear it.

Thus, Jones hired someone, instead, who either (a) agreed more with his inflated assessment of the Cowboys, or (b) was smart enough not to declare otherwise.


It's impossible for them to believe that Turner got beat out on merit. That Turner didn't represent the best choice since Jerry wanted to put some teeth in the Cowboys defense while allowing Jason Garrett to mature as a coach.

I've posted a lot of articles that agree with the hiring of Wade Phillips, and some that don't. Here is one I found interesting because it came from a Buffalo sportswriter. He thinks Dallas is making a mistake, and lists his reasons. This part I found funny.

Why would Jones expect great things from Phillips in his third go-round? Phillips is a proven mediocrity as a head coach. His supporters point to his 29-21 record with the Bills. I'm sorry, those teams were loaded. It didn't take a Vince Lombardi to produce a winning record.

Loaded? The QB choices were Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson. I repeat: Flutie or Johnson. By definition, your team wasn't loaded.