Monday, November 23, 2009
Phillips mum on shoving match
By Dan Graziano
If you watched the Cowboys-Redskins game Sunday, you saw Pro Bowl cornerback Terence Newman give secondary coach Dave Campo a shove on the sideline during the first half. I've seen several replays of the incident and it looks like things escalated pretty quickly. I've covered the NFL for nine years and I've never seen a player get physical with an assistant coach on the sideline. But coach Wade Phillips acted as if it was business as usual when asked about the incident Monday.
"I don't need to go into detail of who said what, what happened to who, all those things, he said she said," Phillips said. "There wasn't anything big that happened that made a difference. We worked out what we had to work out on the sideline, and that's what we normally do. And that's what happens with a lot of teams a lot of times."
Newman has always been a class act, but there's absolutely no excuse in the world for shoving an assistant coach. Do you think Steelers coach Mike Tomlin would stand for something like that? Not in a million years. But Phillips wants to remain friends with his players, so he hates the thought of calling them out in public. Perhaps he disciplined Newman in private, but I have my doubts about that.
Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com hammered Phillips pretty hard on his blog earlier this afternoon.