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Wade Phillips press conference 1/9/08

Wade: T.O. didn’t practice today, still rehabbing. Terry Glenn participated in practice and was doing more than limited status. He wasn’t starting but he did everything and ran a lot of routes. Rest of the guys practiced. Andre, Ratliff. We added Tyler Everett on the PS because Quincy Butler had a foot operation.

Why is it hard to beat a team three times?
Division games are the toughest. Players know each other, rivalries, familiarity. That’s tough. We had three losses and two were in the division. We don’t hold back anything during the season, you play to win the games. You’ll do some different things and they will too, then the adjustments come.

T.O.?
I talked to him yes, said he’s feeling a little better. Day to day, we’re going through a process to get him ready. He’s adhered to that, he does all he can, works at home to get better. Sometimes it’s a 6-8 week injury, sometimes 4 weeks, we’re trying to get him back in three. If he’s ready to go, if I feel like he can play then I would play him. I don’t know until then. Realistically he didn’t practice today, so I don’t know about practicing tomorrow. We go through the gameplan and say these are the plays for these guys, if he’s not there the plays aren’t there. I think his presence would dramatically change what the Giants do. You can expect them to double him more if he plays. We do things so they can’t do that all the time. (Will his conditioning or stamina be a problem?) He does sit-ups in his driveway sometimes, (laughter) I think he’ll be in shape.

Terry Glenn?
He’s doing everything better, not 100% but better. We’ll have to see where he is the end of week. Good thing about Terry is he’s practicing. He was better today, not 100%, but he’s not 50% either. Moving around better, practiced more, did some practice in pads today. First time in team drills. (Is his top-end speed there to stretch the field?) I think quickness is the first thing you see, remains to be seen with full-gear and stretching the field. Anything we get is a bonus.

How healthy are Newman and Henry?
As healthy as they’ve been in a while, that’s a positive. Enough to play and play well.

Romo off the field?
I don’t think about it. (Prodded more about Romo) Tony did the whole season and has handled it well. He’s in the Pro Bowl, he had contract negotiations, he had a bad game in Buffalo but came back. I believe in him, I think he’ll do well. Private life is theirs, I asked them to get off their feet and relax. That’s advice, I’m not telling them to do that, I’m not controlling their life, just be accountable to me and the players. Everybody came back Monday and was ready. I don’t know if you can believe in a QB more than I do him. He came in at the start of the offseason, wanted to start working and has continued. His work ethic is outstanding, he takes coaching well, that’s why he is where he is, a premier QB in the league. He’s a celebrity because he’s the Cowboys QB, he handles it well like Staubach and Aikamn handled the stardom.

Romo bad stats over the last few games, why?
We didn’t play as well overall. I thought he played good against Carolina, we controlled the game, it was a defining game. After a bad game against Philly, needing to win for home-field advantage, I thought we played well there.

Level of confidence in Miles Austin?
Miles had done real well until the Redskins game, he made good catches before, it was not his best game. He’s a talented player, you can see it on kick returns. He’ll get past that game and make plays, I think he will be a good player.

Then a bunch of crap about Wade’s coaching style, blah, blah, blah.

(Disclaimer: These press conference recaps are just paraphrases of what Wade Phillips says and aren’t vetted for total accuracy on quotes. I shorten and condense things he says but try to get across the intended meaning. Occasionally, what I post loses the context of something Wade said and may appear counter-intuitive. If you have questions about something from the press conference, feel free to ask in the comments.)