IRVING, TX. - Detroit running game concerns LB Bradie James, Parcells.
Parcells Impressed with James
Head coach Bill Parcells said has not been surprised by the progress shown lately by linebacker Bradie James, who played his best game of the season -- and probably in his young career -- in the Cowboys' comeback win Monday night over the Eagles.
"He's a very diligent guy," Parcells said about James. "He doesn't have a lazy bone in his body. He's never been late to anything, and he's never missed anything -- he's a great teammate. He's just had to learn how to do it.
"He's improved his pass defense, and he's improved on special teams. In his second year, he was a really good special teams player."
James said that his progress is more than working hard -- it's also working smart.
"I know a lot more about how to prepare properly," he said. "When I look at film, I know what to look for now. That's because of the veteran guys around here, who really taught me how to watch film.
Parcells was quick to point out that James is not the only young Cowboys who has shown signs of reaching his potential.
"Another one that I'm pleased with, overall, is (wide receiver Patrick) Crayton," Parcells said. "And Jacques Reeves is another guy who … his confidence is up, so he plays faster.
"Too many guys are judged too quickly. What sets them back? They might be distractable? Maybe they're distractable. Maybe they're lazy. I always tell the guys, you've got to learn how to do this."
Parcells said that if any of the young Dallas players need an example of how hard work can pay off, they need look no further than at the offensive line.
"A good example of a veteran guy is Marco Rivera," he said. "He wasn't a big draft choice. He had to go to Europe, to hone his skills."
Two is too many
Parcells said that he never should be counted among the many who think the addition of the two-point conversion after touchdowns was a good thing.
"I hate the two points," he said. "I hate the rule. I really dislike the rule."
Parcells said that two recent game-winning two-point conversions (in victories by Kansas City and Tampa Bay) did nothing to change his stance on the issue.
"If they're a full two yards out, I don't think you'd see either one of them go for it," he said. "In Kansas City's case, it was about a foot out. In Tampa's case, he (fullback Mike Alstott) should have been stopped. They (the Washington Redskins) had a guy (linebacker LaVar Arrington) come over the top of the line, and if he was in the right place, that's a Redskins win."
Then Parcells stepped out of the mold of the normal coach and said that another reason for his distaste for the rule is because … of the kickers. Many coaches view kickers as a necessary evil, players who are needed but rarely talked about until they make mistakes.
"It (the two-point conversion) takes the foot out of the game," Parcells said. "In the old days, the foot was a lot more important than it is now. I don't know -- maybe I'm old-fashioned."
Roy Williams: Still a Dallas DB
Parcells was asked if Detroit wide receiver Roy Williams has progressed to the point that he can be mentioned in the same breath with players like Terrell Owens and Plaxico Burress.
"If I don't have (cornerback Anthony) Henry (groin), they're not going to cancel the game," Parcells said. "Detroit's got three big receivers (Williams, Charles Rogers and rookie Mike Williams), and I think they'll all play, it sounds like … and the Vines kid (wide receiver Scott Vines, who has the only 100-yard game by a Detroit wide receiver this year) has done a good job.
"I don't know enough about (Detroit's Roy Williams" but I do know that he has produced touchdowns in the games he has played. Beyond that, I don't know enough about him."
One area of concern for Parcells in Monday's win was the performance by the offensive line, which drew positive and negative reviews from the man in charge.
"I didn't like the 32 rushing yards on 23 carries," that the Cowboys had Monday night, Parcells said, "and I didn't like the 186 rushing yards for them.
"We didn't have a mental error on the offensive line -- that was good. Last year, sometimes we had 15 in a game, and we didn't have one in the whole game. We just didn't block well enough."
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