Pacman Jones Loves Homer Simpson, Wade Phillips Less Enthralled With Local Media

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by Ryan Wilson

"Adam" Pacman Jones, back from rehab and newly reinstated, will play this Sunday for the first time since Week 6. A starter coming into the season, Jones will return punts and play in the substitution packages against the Steelers, which means that rookie Orlando Scandrick will remain the Cowboys' nickel back.

Head coach Wade Phillips didn't want to go into too much detail about his defensive personnel plans, saying "We'll just see what happens ... You never know what could happen." Typical, boring Phillips-speak, right?

Well, it gets better. Via the Dallas Morning News' Tim MacMahon, during his Wednesday presser, Phillips got feisty with an anonymous reporter who asked if the five veterans who missed today's practice would sit out again tomorrow. Wade, voice dripping with sarcasm, answered, "No, we're going to give them off until Sunday."

Reporter: "Well, how much rest do they need? They were off the whole weekend."

Wade: "OK, well, why don't you coach them then?"

Reporter: "Maybe so. I might be in the playoffs by now."

Wade, with a death stare: "Yeah, I'd like to see that."

I have no formal journalism training, but I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to publicly tell the head coach that you're better qualified to get his team to the playoffs than he is. Not unless you're working in Detroit, anyway.

And in case you didn't notice on first glance: yeah, in the photo above, those are Homer Simpson PJs underneath Pacman's practice shorts. If I had to guess, he swiped them from Phillips' office.

Photo credit: Michael Ainsworth, The Dallas Morning News / AP

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