COWBOYS CAMP DAY ONE ENDS ON HIGH NOTE

romo_auto_330.jpgEven though they have only signed six of their eight draft picks and most importantly, not signed first round pick LB Anthony Spencer, the first day of camp was full of smiles and high expectations.  New head coach Wade Phillips received a standing ovation as soon as he came onto the field yesterday from the some 8,000 fans attending practice at the Alamodome.  

Despite veteran LB Greg Ellis aggravating his recovering Achilles’ tendon early on in a defensive drill, and two other OL, veterans Marc Colombo and Flozell Adams being placed on the physically unable to perfrom list, everyone seemed full of high spirits at the practice.

Coach Phillips, who was simply beaming at Tuesdays’ State of the Team news conference, ended the practice after QB Tony Romo completed a 60-yard pass to WR Terrrell Owens with  a little time still left in practice.  Known as a defensive mastermind, the other coaches found it unusual for him to do so, when asked, Phillips said, “That’s the difference in being the head coach and the defensive coach.”  But all coaches agreed that the first practice, which was the only one scheduled for the day, went very well. 

Every player interviewed seemed very aware of the high expectations set for the team this year with the words “Super Bowl” used no less than ten times.  Although there are several areas of emphasis for the team during practice, none more so than the performance of Tony Romo in his first full year as starter.    After a good beginning yesterday, they begin two-a-day practices today at 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. 


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