Jerry Jones Slips A Ball Gag On Wade Phillips

I know, I know, you’re shocked there could be some discord among the Dallas Cowboys. But rest assured, Ed Werder’s “scoops” will be a thing of the past, now that Herr Jones has put his jackbooted foot down on the loose lips that have helped sink Cowboy ships these past few years.

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There’s a gag order in place now in Dallas, perhaps three months too late. Now any news out of Cowboy camp will come through one source: Jerry Jones himself. Still, I have to wonder how wise it is, if you have to limit the team to one voice, to make it the biggest mouth in the south. A memo was sent last month to coaches not to speak to the media without prior approval. (Yes, the memo only made it to the FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM through an anonymous source). They’re taking it seriously, or at least their lame duck head coach is.

Cowboys coach Wade Phillips would not talk to reporters on Thursday upon his arrival to his hotel in downtown Indianapolis in preparation of the NFL’s Scouting Combine this weekend. Phillips has had a long reputation of being, at the very least, courteous with his time towards the media. “Can’t,” he said. “Against the rules.” When asked whose rules, he only smiled. Muzzling coaches is a move a lot of NFL franchises have used in recent years. Suppressing the head coach is a bit of a surprise, although it might be more of a favor to Phillips, who has become a source of constant scorn, criticism and mockery in recent months.

Dolphins coach Tony Sparano credits his ability to speak his mind and get media attention as one of the reasons he was able to land a head coaching gig. So the cynic in me wonders if this isn’t a way to muzzle Jason Garrett so he can’t skip town before they’re ready to hand him the reins.