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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’ 33-24 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, plus what he could have said:

On Baltimore’s two long touchdown runs in the final four minutes:

What Wade said: “To have two long runs -- you don’t normally give up a long run. We had two run blitzes on, and both of them they hit us for touchdowns. It’s hard to explain.”

What Wade could have said: “Actually, it’s easy to explain: We didn’t make the stinking tackles.”

More on those two touchdown runs:

What Wade said: “They couldn’t run the ball on us at all the whole game and we had two plays that just broke our back when we were fighting back.”

What Wade could have said: “If you take away those two runs, they only ran for 106 yards on us. So that 265 rushing yards we allowed is deceiving.”

On the impact of the Ravens’ successful fake field goal:

What Wade said: “Of course, our special teams. The fake field goal, I think, was really a big play in the game that hurt us.”

What Wade could have said: “Is it just me, or am I up here every week talking about a big play our special teams allowed?”

On whether Tony Romo was bothered by his injured back:

What Wade said: “I don’t know about Tony. He was sore.”

What Wade could have said: “And he’s going to be sore this week, too, because we’re not protecting him and he’s getting beat around back there like a piñata or something.”

Again, on Baltimore’s two long touchdown runs in the final four minutes:

What Wade said: “You’ve got every gap filled and we missed a tackle on one of them. I think both of them we missed a tackle.”

What Wade could have said: “I don’t know. I can call the defenses, but I can’t go out there and make the stinking tackles, too.”

On what he said to his team after the game:

What Wade said: “Well, there isn’t much you can say.”

What Wade could have said: “Other than, Can anyone make a stinking tackle?”

On kicking deep instead of attempting onside kicks after the two late touchdowns:

What Wade said: “I think the strategy was right. But we didn’t make a play at all. In both of those situations.”

What Wade could have said: “I don’t know. I can call the defenses, but I can’t go out there and make the stinking tackles, too.”

On if he knew of any injuries during the game:

What Wade said: “No, I don’t know about injuries.”

What Wade could have said: “Actually, I think we’re all suffering from bruised egos right about now.”

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