Note: I meant to post this last Monday, but since I already wrote it, I figured I'd go ahead and post it now.
I turned on the Cowboys game during halftime to discover that I was missing an awesomely historic assbeating. As I enjoyed the second half I noticed a truly great play.
Early in the 3rd quarter the Cowboys, trailing 27-3, were driving around their own 40 yard line when Romo threw incomplete on 3rd and 1. The announcers are saying that the Cowboys should probably go for it on 4th down. The camera shows Wade Phillips saying "Punt," then it shows Romo, and he waves the punt team off the field. It cuts back to Phillips, and he again says to punt and tells the punt team to get on the field. Then it shows Romo loudly waiving the punt team off the field with both hands and probably a couple "f bombs."
The punt team slinks back to the sideline, and as the Cowboys get ready to go for it, the camera shows Phillips again. He is looking like his normal dumpy, dejected, slightly bewildered self, and he pouts softly to an assistant coach "He can't do that."
This absolutely cracked me up, and it perfectly epitomized Wade Phillips as a coach too. His players like him but have no fear or respect for him. They don't trust his decision making, and they have zero faith in his competency.
It is fair to say that I saw a similar thing happen with Tony Dungy and Peyton Manning a couple years ago. However, that time it seamed like Manning was saying, "trust me, coach, we can get the first down". Romo was saying, "Wade, what the hell are you doing? Are you stupid? We HAVE to go for it, you stupid son of a bitch."
Fearless prediction: "The Dallas Cowboys will never win a playoff game with Wade Phillips as their head coach."