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Monday, August 23, 2010
Wade Phillips confident in run game

By Calvin Watkins

OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys are averaging just 68.3 rushing yards in three preseason games. Dallas is one of five teams without a rushing touchdown.

It's just the preseason, and coach Wade Phillips is not worried about the run game.

"We're not running the ball a whole lot," Phillips said. "It is more individuals right now, but the way they run the football, the moves they make, the power that they're running with, the decisions they making as far as the runs are concerned, those are all good things. It will show up."

*Alex Barron (right tackle), Sean Lee (inside linebacker) and Mike Hamlin (strong safety) will start Saturday's preseason game vs. Houston. Phillips said he saw some good things from Lee as the game progressed. Phillips said Lee was credited with 13 tackles.

*The first-team offense has scored just one touchdown in four quarters of play. Phillips would like to see some improvment out of that unit. "We haven't played to our standards," he said.

*Phillips has said his club isn't a team yet. With three weeks to go before the start of the regular season, Phillips is determined to find the best 53 players.

"We'll know a lot about our team the next three weeks," he said. "Of course, then we'll be ready to play."

*The offensive line had two new starters, Montrae Holland and Robert Brewster, on Saturday, but Phillips was happy with the unit.

"The offensive line picked up a lot of the blitzes," he said. "We were more solid in our protection this week. I think they hit Tony one time, but he wasn't that much. I thought they did a good job overall."

*Fans and the media like to break down the roster from time-to-time. Does Phillips?

"I do it every day," he said. "More than once. We don't do it as a staff. Jerry [Jones] and I will go through it and Stephen [Jones] and I will go through it at times. I just want the guys to coach their guys and tell me what they think of them. I tell them, 'Hey we rate your player one to whatever, but it can change tomorrow.'"