Cowboys' Phillips still has confidence in team


The Dallas Cowboys have gone from NFC East leaders to chasing the Philadelphia Eagles.

Their kicker has misses in five consecutive games, Pro Bowl linebacker DeMarcus Ware is recovering from a strained neck that he sustained in a scary headfirst collision, and a road game against the undefeated New Orleans Saints comes next.

Yet despite consecutive December-starting losses that have knocked the Cowboys (8-5) out of first place and intensified concerns about another late-season slump, coach Wade Phillips insists he's still confident his team will do what it needs to do to make the playoffs.

"I think we can, I think we will. I don't wonder about that," Phillips said Monday. "I have a lot of confidence in these guys. This is part of a long season. Coming down the stretch, we need to finish."


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