Feb 082016
 

Your Dallas Cowboys shined in the Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 win. Well, make that your former Dallas Cowboys. A couple of them.

The Triumphant Return of Wade Phillips to the NFL

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was completely out of football last season, despite his proven track record coordinating defenses. The Houston failure – who doesn’t fail in Houston? – left NFL teams cold…and that left Phillips out in the cold. During its Super Bowl broadcast, CBS pointed out that 21 defensive coordinators were hired before the Broncos called Wade.

That was a good call.

Phillips’ defense was number one overall this year. In fact, they were among the best defenses in the history of the league, according to ESPN’s John Clayton:

Wade Phillips’ defense has put up historic numbers. It was No. 1 in total defense (283.1 yards), No. 1 in pass defense (199.6), No. 1 in sacks (52), No. 3 against the run (83.6), No. 4 in scoring (18.5) and No. 3 in defensive touchdowns (5). Those numbers alone would put the Broncos in the top 10 of all-time defenses, but it can be argued they could be as high as No. 8 when you consider Denver’s offense committed 31 turnovers and the turnover ratio was minus-4.

“I know for us, I wasn’t here in 1977, but it compares to that 1977 Broncos defense,” Broncos general manager and executive vice president of football operations John Elway said. “I’m not going to say it’s better, but it’s the best I’ve ever seen with the way they play and with the speed they play. They’ve given us a shot all year and we are here because of them.”

Phillips’ defense got the Broncos to the Super Bowl and, once there, stifled, confused, and physically whipped the NFL’s most explosive offense. Superman Cam Newton was beaten, battered, and beaten some more. They pounded the team whose war cry all year had been, “Keep pounding.” They yielded just one touchdown, created three turnovers, and relinquished a paltry 10 points.

The crowning moment for DeMarcus Ware and his Hall of Fame career

Desoto’s own Vonn Miller was a monster throughout the playoffs. He was awarded the Super Bowl 50 MVP – and deservedly so. He recorded 2-1/2 sacks, forcing two Cam Newton fumbles. The first fumble was recovered for the Broncos’ first touchdown and the second led to the TD that secured the Denver victory.

Riding shotgun for Miller was the great former Dallas Cowboys pass rusher DeMarcus Ware. Ware recorded two sacks of his own, came within a hair of recovering two fumbles, and flushed Newton from the pocket again and again…and again. He played with his hair on fire. He was a flash, blowing by Panthers offensive linemen like they were statues…statues erected to salute the greatness that is DeMarcus Ware.

 

These days, about the only joy Cowboys fans get come Super Bowl time is rooting for guys who once wore the Star. It was good to see DeMarcus Ware get a ring. It was good to see Wade Phillips finally climb that championship mountain.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Jerry Jones is left to figure out what to do with Greg Hardy and wonder if Jason Garrett is great, good, or…just there.

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Gene Strother (410 Posts)

Gene has been an avid Dallas Cowboys fan for nearly five decades, which amounts to just about his entire life. The only time he was not a Cowboys fan was that brief period at the beginning of his life, when he didn't have all his baby teeth and could not yet say "Cowboys." As soon as quit slobbering, he started hollering, "Go Cowboys!"


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