The Cowboys planned to sit the starters during Thursday...

The Cowboys planned to sit the starters during Thursday’s preseason finale.

The coaching staff is reconsidering after watching the first team stink up Reliant Stadium in Saturday’s 23-7 loss to the Houston Texans. If this was the dress rehearsal, the play is destined to be a dud.

"We’ll look at it and see," Wade Phillips said regarding whether the starters would play Thursday night against the Miami Dolphins. "They were some individuals who did some good things, but we’ll have to evaluate that. I’m not ruling out that we won’t play our guys more next week."

It might be easier to shrug off this poor performance as meaningless if it was a continuation of what we saw last week in San Diego.

The Cowboys’ starters played four full quarters against the Chargers and Houston. They were outscored by a 20-7 margin, but that doesn’t indicate how badly they were outplayed. Total yardage in those two halves: Opponents 434, Cowboys 145.

"It’s important to have a good feeling," offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said.

That clearly isn’t the case for the Cowboys after four preseason games.

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