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Thursday, December 17, 2009
News and views with Wade Phillips

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING -- Wade Phillips said during his Thursday morning news briefing his team is not backing down from the New Orleans Saints, nor it should.

"Usually when people say you can't do something, people bow up and have a lot of pride," Phillips said before Thursday's practice. "I think it helps. I don't think our confidence is we can't do it and we got to do something else to be able to do it."

Phillips said he feels good about this team at its current stage, despite a two-game losing streak.

Phillips is still hopeful about outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (neck) but figures it will be a game-time decision.

Nick Folk remains the field goal kicker and Phillips thinks the mini-competition with David Buehler helped.

"I think he's responded well in practice," Phillips said of Folk. "I think it's a positive thing." Phillips said Folk has been inconsistent in practices and in warmups before games. Yet, "he feels like he's hitting the ball well."

Saints safety Darren Sharper is tied for second in the league with eight interceptions and returned three for touchdowns. Phillips was asked is that more a result of teams just trying to get back in the game by throwing it or Sharper making plays.

"He's done that throughout his career," Phillips said. "He always had a lot of interceptions and he's run a lot of them back."

In his career, Sharper has returned 11 interceptions for touchdowns. Hall of Famer, Rod Woodson is the all-time leader witih 12.

The Cowboys didn't practice in pads all week.