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What Wade Phillips said ... What Wade Phillips could have said

What Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Phillips had to say after the Cowboys' 34-9 win over the Seattle Seahawks, plus what he could have said:

Greeting the media:

What Wade said: “Happy Thanksgiving to everybody, first.”

What Wade could have said: “Would you like to see my turkey dance before I start answering questions? The players have been working on it with me.”

On holding the Seahawks to three field goals:

What Wade said: “Red zone, we're getting better and better [defensively], obviously. It seems like when we get our back to the wall a little bit, we get after them.”

What Wade could have said: “Now if we can just find a way to keep from letting teams get into our red zone. We're through playing the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. We're about to start playing some good offensive teams that could knock us through that wall.”

On how the Cowboys' outlook has changed over the past three weeks:

What Wade said: “You can see how the climate can change quickly in this league. You've got to do what you need to do.”

What Wade could have said: “And going up to Pittsburgh next week, the climate could really change in a big hurry. What I'm going to need to do is pack some warm clothes.”

Meandering a little after being asked about the play of linebacker DeMarcus Ware:

What Wade said: “We stuffed the running game really well, which I think made them one-dimensional early in the game. You could tell they couldn't run the football on us.”

What Wade could have said: “And you could tell why we started Marion Barber over Julius Jones in that playoff game last year.”

When asked if the three-game winning streak is simply a matter of Tony Romo returning or whether there is a deeper reason:

What Wade said: “Well, yeah, winning the games, certainly. I think our defense is playing better. I've said it before. When we went through that down streak, I thought our defense had more mental toughness. You hate to lose, but I think it made them tougher. They had to play their game and not let the other team score and those kind of things. I think they learned something from that. I feel good about that.”

What Wade could have said: “I know I was brought here to fix the defense and I really like answering questions about the defense after we win, but the answer to your question is, 'Of course.'”

On the Cowboys not having had a winning record in December-January regular-season games since 1996:

What Wade said: “I think you can pull stats from anywhere and say this happened to this team. This is a different team in a different year.”

What Wade could have said: “But the same general manager.”