Phillips may ask Cowboys to wear name tags

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
IRVING, Texas -- I loved the touching story that Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips told about a former CFL player who recently made the team. Now, if Phillips can just learn the guy's name, everyone will be fine.

"We signed a kid the other day, Joshua Seawright," Phillips said. "We worked him out, and after we worked him out, he felt like he didn't do enough. He'd been out of football for two years, and he felt like he didn't do enough. He said, 'Coach, I can do better.' I said, 'Well, you did good enough to sign you. We're going to give you an opportunity.' Tears started rolling down his eyes. It was so important to him."

Unfortunately, Seawright's first name is actually Jonas, but I'm willing to cut Phillips some slack. After all, a former Redskins kicker has caused anyone over the age of 30 to call me "Mark" for the past 20 years or so.

But back to Phillips, I think his public image has improved over the past month or so. First of all, his response to the building collapse at Valley Ranch was pretty impressive -- as described in this story. And during Tuesday's organized team activities (OTA) session, he was fire and brimstone with the players. When the quarterbacks and receivers began a drill too early, he shouted at them at the top of his lungs. He didn't sound like the passive man that many of us (me) have portrayed him to be.

And it's pretty easy to see how a God-fearing man like Phillips could run into trouble with Jonas and Joshua. (Yes, I know the man's name was Jonah). OK, thanks for stopping by. Back with more hard-core football in just a few minutes -- or hours.