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Jury’s Out About Phillips’ New “Rest” Policy

From all the blogs and other media sites it has become clear that not everyone is in favor of head coach Wade Phillips’ recent policy of resting players late in the season.  Last year, after clinching the division and home field, Phillips instituted this same theory of peridocally resting some of his players every week heading into the playoffs.

While other teams have adopted this same theory, I for one agree with most of the pundits that it isn’t how to get the most out of your  players.  We all saw the results last season as Dallas went 2-2 with late losses in the month of December and, of course, the tragic result of the Giants home playoff game.  But even after these examples, Phillips seems to feel it is still a viable way to prepare for a tough schedule and playoff run again this year. 

Some players, such as Marion Barber and DeMarcus Ware were given rests based on slight injuries, but some were due to what was called “age” or past injury preference, like in the case of Marc Colombo.  Whatever the reason, missing any practice time at this critical stage of the year is highly questionable, no matter what purpose.  Keeping up with game and contact speed are important factors in preparing for upcoming physical contests like the one at Pittsburgh. 

As it’s only Thursday with one day of practice remaining in the week, one can only take a “wait and see” attitude towards Sunday’s game and how this rest policy will conclude.  Even then, it will be difficult to determine if it had any effect whatsoever!


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