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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’ 20-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, plus what he could have said:

During his overall assessment of the game:

What Wade said: “I think we had five turnovers, and one for a touchdown. You’re not going to win many games like that.”

What Wade could have said: “Actually, you’re not going to win any games like that.”





On how much of a factor the weather played in Tony Romo’s struggles:

What Wade said: “I don’t know. I think it obviously played some. The wind wasn’t as gusty as we were worried it was going to be. But it did seem like some of his throws were high.”

What Wade could have said: “Why couldn’t his last interception have been one of those high throws?”





On Ben Roethlisberger:

What Wade said: “He made some plays. He’s still the same quarterback that knows how to win.”

What Wade could have said: “And our quarterback is not named Ben Roethlisberger.”





On the Cowboys' turnovers:

What Wade said: “We turned it over, what, four times, three or four times, in the first half?”

What Wade could have said: “There were so many turnovers I couldn’t keep track.”





On the play of the defense:

What Wade said: “I thought our defense played outstanding, but we just didn’t get it done.”

What Wade could have said: “I guess I’m going to have to put a defensive player on the offense to keep the other team from scoring.”





More on the defense:

What Wade said: “Jeez, we stopped them on fourth down on the goal line. We got a couple of turnovers ourselves. I think we stopped them a lot of times on third down. We had a lot of sacks. We got after them good. I thought they played really well, but it wasn’t well enough to win.”

What Wade could have said: “Do I need to step in and fix the offense, too?”





Even more on the defense, even though the question was about the play of running back Tashard Choice filling in for Marion Barber:

What Wade said: “Of course, with Barber out, I thought Tashard played pretty well. It looked like he blocked well and certainly ran the ball well. We ran the ball better than they did and they’re one of the better running teams, and we shut down their running game.”

What Wade could have said: “OK, we're 13 games into the season now. Isn’t anyone out there impressed with how I can take a question about the offense and answer it by talking about my defense?”





On whether he was happy to have Adam “Pacman” Jones back:

What Wade said: “Well, yeah, he made some plays in the game. We didn’t break out on any of the returns with him. He made some plays, and I thought he was part of the defense that played really well.”

What Wade could have said: “The dude wore Homer Simpson pajama pants during practice this week. What do you think?”



On keeping this loss from effectively ending the season:

What Wade said: “It’s not going to end the season. We’ve got another game next week.”

What Wade could have said: “Now, lose this one and that will effectively end the season.”

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