The cheerleader pic is just my way of apologizing for making you wait. Anyway, the result of our Q&A is below. My answers to Dave's questions are over at BTB. Please play nice if you go over there.Big Blue View: Let's not mess around. Tell me your thoughts on Wade Phillips. I know Jerry Jones says he won't fire him mid-season, but ... Will this team ever be what the talent on the roster indicates it should be as long as Phillips is the head coach?
Blogging The Boys: I love Wade Phillips as a defensive coordinator, but as a head coach, I'm still not sold. The thing about Wade is he usually wins in the regular season, he'll usually get your team to the playoffs, but after that, it fizzles. This year, he's not even winning in the regular season. But, when you watch this team play week after week, you really start to blame the players, at least I do. Some of them were here under Bill Parcells, and they were just as undisciplined and mistake-prone then as now, and I don't have to tell you guys that Parcells is the anti-Wade in treating players. The difference this year is that we haven't been able to overcome the mistakes/penalties when in the past we did. You can't replace a whole team though, and Phillips hasn't earned the right to stay through failure like someone with a proven record of winning big in the playoffs. If he doesn't turn this around immediately, he'll have to go at least by the end of the year.
Big Blue View: We know Dallas hosts the Super Bowl this season, and we know what fans there expect/want. Assess the mood of the fan base. Do the majority of folks still believe, or have they jumped ship?
BTB: We're like the guy who jumps out the window of a skyscraper and on the way down thinks "so far, so good, I haven't hit anything yet". Basically, we know the odds are really stacked against us in terms of making the playoffs. That's just the stark reality of the situation. But as a fan, until you're mathematically eliminated, you're always harboring that hope deep down inside that you'll go on a miracle run, and everything will turn out good. So, since we're technically alive for the playoffs, I'll keep the flame burning.
Big Blue View: Is the whole Eli signing the locker room wall thing really a big deal to people in Dallas?
BTB: It's not to me. I'm sure to some people it is, but for me, it doesn't mean much. All I care about right now is that we're 1-4 and that we desperately need to get to 2-4.
Big Blue View: OK, time for me signature question. Which player would you most like to take off the Giants' roster and plug into the Dallas lineup? Why?
BTB: Give me one of your linemen on the interior like Chris Snee. The Cowboys offensive line is struggling, especially in the interior, we're having injury problems, and poor performance problems. We had to bench Leonard Davis for part of a game he was so bad, Kyle Kosier is battling injuries, and they're all getting up there in age. Doug Free looks like he might be the future at LT, but the other four positions are up for debate.
Big Blue View: Bottom line -- do the Cowboys rebound and make the playoffs this season or not?
BTB: My head says they won't, my heart says they will. If you made me bet my life savings on it, of course I'd put it down on not making it. But since being a fan is free, I'll say YES! (I reserve the right to change my mind).
Thanks, Dave. I'd wish your team luck on Monday, but ... aside from nobody getting hurt I can't say I want the 'Boys to have any.