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CloakNNNdagger
10-28-2009, 10:04 AM
Could be seen as a 2-edged sword. It brings up legitimate questions, especially for teams that are "not there" yet.

This article was directed towards the Cowboys, but it brings the question "home."

"Victory Monday" sends wrong message to Dallas Cowboys


They whooped it up in the locker room as they should have after a superb performance and a dominant victory over a quality opponent. No one is begrudging the celebration.

Then Wade Phillips gave the players the day off. It's called "Victory Monday."

Say what?

It absolutely sends the wrong message to a team that won consecutive games for the first time since last November.

Obviously, diligent veterans such as Bradie James, Jason Witten, Jay Ratliff, Keith Brooking and a few others won't get so giddy that they forget just how much it takes to win any NFL, but you can't say that with certainty about a lot of other players on this roster.

Then again, we really shouldn't be surprised with Phillips' approach. See, this is Wade's problem in a nutshell.

He's too nice. He wants the players to love him. Who cares? His job is to maximize the talent on this team and get them to play to their potential every week.

If he has to hurt some feelings along the way Patrick Crayton comes to mind then sometimes that's the cost of doing business. It's much more important for the players to respect him and his approach than it is for them to like him.

There's not a coach the players liked more than Dave Campo, who went 15-33 during his three-year reign.

Time after time after time, Phillips sets the standard for this team too low just like when he talks about winning the second half of losses. Or winning the NFC East in preseason.

The best coaches set the standard high. They give their teams lofty goals to accomplish before rewarding them.

No one is disputing the Cowboys' fine effort in their 16-point win over Atlanta, and it's OK to congratulate the players for winning consecutive games, but gee whiz.

This team has the talent to win four or five games in a row when it plays with the proper focus and intensity. As you know, that doesn't happen often enough, which is among the reasons Dallas is just 14-12 in its last 26 games.

Let's say the Cowboys had beaten Atlanta, Seattle and then traveled to Green Bay and beat the Packers. Then Victory Monday would be a worthy reward, especially after a long flight home.

In theory, there's really nothing wrong with Victory Monday. Chan Gailey actually started the tradition of Victory Monday in Dallas when he arrived in 1998.

Besides, the players don't do too much on Mondays. They do some running and lifting to get the soreness out of their bodies and watch the video of the game.

Wednesday and Thursday are the heaviest game plan days.

Again, it's the message that should bother you. There's no evidence this team is mature enough to handle such a gift. Just three weeks ago, Brooking told us about the need for more focused practices.

Remember, the butt-kicking the Cowboys gave Atlanta was easily Dallas' most thorough performance of the season.

This is the time to grind a little not relax.

gtexan02
10-28-2009, 10:30 AM
Dont the Texans usually get Mondays off every week?

CloakNNNdagger
10-28-2009, 01:54 PM
Dont the Texans usually get Mondays off every week?

That's the point of why I posted this article........makes you think.

Texan_Bill
10-28-2009, 02:07 PM
Tuesdays are mandatory days off. I only remember Kubiak giving the team a couple of Mondays last season.

HoustonFrog
10-28-2009, 02:18 PM
I don't mind a "day off" to be given if it is a body rest day. I would do it as policy though, not reward. I think if it is your job, getting a day off here and there is good but it also isn't bad for them to make it to the complex and at least do some team film session, etc.

Blake
10-28-2009, 02:20 PM
From players twitters it sounds like the Monday after a victory, they come in for a workout and film. Then have the rest of the day off.

Maddict5
10-28-2009, 06:24 PM
Dont the Texans usually get Mondays off every week?

That's the point of why I posted this article........makes you think.

im not sure but i dont think they usually have mondays off. schaub is usually talking about how they're on their way in to watch film when hes doing his monday morning radio show

CloakNNNdagger
10-28-2009, 07:13 PM
Texans' run defense stepping up
By Drew Dougherty
October 19, 2009 Comments (0)

A day after their 28-17 victory at Cincinnati, the Texans' players had Monday off. Head coach Gary Kubiak answered [/URL]questions from the media during his weekly press conference.

http://www.houstontexans.com/news/Story.asp?story_id=5708

El Tejano
10-29-2009, 03:35 PM
Texans' run defense stepping up
By Drew Dougherty
October 19, 2009 Comments (0)

A day after their 28-17 victory at Cincinnati, the Texans' players had Monday off. Head coach Gary Kubiak answered [/URL]questions from the media during his weekly press conference.

http://www.houstontexans.com/news/Story.asp?story_id=5708

I'm cool with that. They just won on the road and won as if they were prepared to win. After last week's win, I would have them in there on Monday though.

Vinny
10-29-2009, 04:13 PM
I think most teams give their players Monday off (or partially off) after a win. I think this is kinda a long standing tradition.