Phillips talks OT, place-kicking

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Looking as relaxed as I've seen him, Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips talked to a couple of us after ducking out of a meeting at the NFL owners meetings Monday. He shared the news that his first grandchild (a girl) will arrive in July and also weighed in on the league's proposed overtime rule change.

The rule would require the team with the first possession to score a touchdown for the game to end immediately. If that team connects on a field goal, the opposing team would have a possession to either tie the game or win it with a touchdown. Phillips says the fact that kickers are much more proficient and have stronger legs than 20 years ago has made the current rule somewhat outdated.

"The premise overall is good," Phillips said of the proposed rule change. "I think it's the appropriate time to start talking about it."

Phillips also indicated that second-year kicker David Buehler will be given every opportunity to win the place-kicking job in 2010. The former USC kicker led the league in touchbacks in '09, but he didn't attempt a field goal. When Nick Folk got the yips last season, Buehler competed against him in practice. He didn't win the competition, but the Cowboys have confidence that he'll be a lot better this offseason.

"He certainly has the leg," Phillips said of Buehler. "And in this case, it saves us a spot. It's worth trying to do, obviously."

Phillips was also asked about the Cowboys' gigantic HD screen and how members of the competition committee were so up in arms about it after a Titans punter banged a ball into the bottom of it during a preseason game.

"Yeah, I find it funny," Phillips deadpanned.

I asked Phillips whether he was worried about the possibility of holding a split training camp in San Antonio and Oxnard, Calif. He said that coaches like things to be "regimented," but he thinks his players won't have a problem making the adjustment.

"We have to have that type of mentality and we have to be adaptable enough," said Phillips.

In addition to the split training camp, the Cowboys will have an extra exhibition contest because of the Hall of Fame game. Phillips actually thinks that's a good thing for the young players.