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Cowboys won't boot Phillips midseason

9/22/2010
While fans may be calling for his head, Phillips job is likely safe -- at least until 2011. Ronald Martinez

Adam Schefter often answers reader questions in his blog. Query of your own? Submit it here.

Q: With so much hype and pressure surrounding the Dallas Cowboys being potentially the first team to play on its home turf for the Super Bowl, and their season now unraveling, is it possible that Jerry Jones would make a midseason coaching change? If so, are there any potential candidates to lead this team?

-- Steven (Lanham, Md.)

A: Steven, it would be a huge upset -- bigger than Chicago over Dallas -- for Jones to change coaches in season. For starters, he never has done it before. And just last offseason, he gave Wade Phillips an extension. This league creates hysteria so quickly. Last week, after the Cowboys lost to the Baltimore Ravens, the New York Jets were worthless; this week, after beating the New England Patriots, they're capable of beating anyone. No team is quite as good as anyone thinks, no team is quite as bad as anyone thinks, and no coach is squarely to blame. If the Cowboys ever were to make an in-season change, they're paying offensive coordinator Jason Garrett so much that they'd have no choice but to turn to him. But it's not happening. It's Phillips' team -- for at least this season.


Q: Do you think if the Carolina Panthers lose over the next few weeks that they might consider trading DeAngelo Williams for some draft picks? It's clear they are in a youth movement, so it makes sense. Williams' contract is up after the season, they most likely would not re-sign him and have Jonathan Stewart and Mike Goodson to take over, so wouldn't it make sense to trade him now while his value is sky high? I would assume they could try to approach Green Bay or New England to see if they can work something out.

-- Ed (Brookfield, Conn.)

A: What you say makes perfect sense, Ed, and I agree with you. I think you're on to something. Problem is, the Panthers have said they're not trading Williams. So, unless the Panthers change their mind, and there's no indication they will, there's nothing to see here. Time to focus on running backs like Willis McGahee instead. Williams doesn't sound as if he's going anywhere.


Q: Why are the Kansas City Chiefs using Thomas Jones twice as much as Jamaal Charles, even after the way he finished the season last year?

-- Wayne (Garden City, Kan.)

A: Good question, Wayne. The Chiefs clearly have faith and confidence in Thomas Jones, and justifiably so. But I'm with you. Jamaal Charles should be getting more carries than he does. Charles is explosive, dynamic -- a home run hitter. I'd bet opposing defenses would rather see the ball in Jones' hands than Charles'. It's a good situation for the Chiefs to have. But I'm with you -- I'd ride Charles even more (and he's not even on my fantasy team).


Q: We now know that the New York Jets are taking Braylon Edwards out of the starting lineup this week, but how do you think the league will end up handling his DUI? Is a suspension in order? And how do you think it affects the team in the long run?

-- Jayson (Detroit)

A: It's a complex issue, Jayson. But boiled down, the NFL usually waits for the legal case to play itself out before it takes action. It operates under the premise that a player is innocent until proven guilty. And if he is proven guilty, the league comes down hard. Frankly, the Jets need him; their only other wide receivers are Jerricho Cotchery, Brad Smith and David Clowney. So I think Edwards will play, the case will play out, and if it goes against him, he will face the wrath of the league then, but not before.


Q: Kyle Orton looked great Sunday and good enough to take some of the pressure off the coaching staff to get Tim Tebow in a bigger role. Do you think Tebow will ever be the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos? If not this year, then sometime in the next five?

-- Alex (Boulder, CO)

A: Alex, Orton looked the way he has looked the past couple of seasons when he has been healthy. He is an underrated quarterback. Saying that, Denver invested a first-round pick -- and the picks it traded up to get to that position -- to pick Tebow. A team doesn't do that without the intention of making the guy a starting quarterback. Now if Orton keeps lighting it up, and Tebow struggles, that move is going to be even harder to make. Just look at what the Philadelphia Eagles did with Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick. They had planned to go with Kolb, and Vick shined. So it was time to go with Vick. Denver drafted Tebow with the intention of playing him. But he still will have to prove he is worthy of the job.