Phillips facing questions in Dallas

Updated: August 17, 2007, 2:21 PM ET
By Doug Kretz
New Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Phillips is beginning his third stint as an NFL coach after previous stints with Denver and Buffalo, and is hoping to bring "America's Team" back to the glory days of Tom Landry and Jimmy Johnson.

Phillips generally has been considered a "players' coach," in that he is a good communicator and does not micro-manage his players' lives off the field. The early part of his first training camp with the Cowboys often has been labeled "Camp Cupcake," as practices have been held in the comfortable climate of San Antonio's Alamodome and the number of double sessions and live hitting drills have been limited. They have worked hard on the field, though, and held intense meetings that generally have lasted until 11 p.m.

That attention to detail appears to be paying off after a 23-10 win over the defending Super Bowl champion Colts last week. Dallas did not turn the ball over and committed only five penalties against Indianapolis, a sure recipe for success. While this is a good start, it still is too soon to jump on the Cowboys bandwagon. Championships aren't won in the preseason, and winning in the regular season depends on a lot of other things, like remaining healthy and getting some good breaks.