Tim Cowlishaw writes, “…What has been gathering steam for a month reached something of a crescendo as the Cowboys played by far their worst game of the Wade Phillips era. And frankly, it should be the last game of the Phillips era, but Jones made it clear afterward that there will be no coaching changes made…..” Link to full article
Don Banks CNNSI, April 2, 2008 after meeting with coaches, including Wade Phillips
Phillips drew a lot of heat late last season and after the playoff loss, and deservedly so. He seemed a bit tone deaf when it came to his team and its less-than-rousing head of momentum heading into the playoffs, and he seemed to make excuses for its underachievement afterward, trying to cling to the ridiculous notion that earning a first-round bye equated to winning their first playoff game.
And after listening to him Wednesday, I’m still not sure Phillips gets it. He was back making the same basic points that won him some derision after the loss to the Giants. Asked about the Cowboys having an NFL-high 13 Pro Bowl players last season, but no playoff wins to show for it, Phillips again sounded more defensive than disappointed about last season.
“Well, we did go to the division round of the playoffs,” Phillips pointed out. “And the team we lost to, I think did well in the playoffs. I think our players, a lot of them played up to their potential, which ended up with them making the Pro Bowl. And our team was good overall, certainly during the regular season.
“But you’ve got to be there [in the playoffs]. You’ve got to be there, and if you’re there every year, you have a chance. Hopefully we can continue this process. You know, we lost one game by four points [against the Giants] and we were down there at the end of the game a couple times, to a team that certainly won it all. I’m proud of last year’s team, but we think we can do better this year.”
They’d better. I’ve said this before, but if the Cowboys don’t win at least one playoff game, and maybe two, Phillips can just about count on having yet another NFL address in 2009. Dallas owner Jerry Jones has been supportive this off season, but he wouldn’t have any choice but to lower the boom on Phillips and begin the Jason Garrett head coaching era if this season brings another one-and-done playoff showing.
Dallas Cowboys Hire Wade Phillips? What, Bum Phillips Wasn’t Available?
“now Wade Phillips? The same Wade Phillips who flopped in Denver and Buffalo? Yes, that Wade Phillips. The one who benched Doug Flutie in favor of Rob “Paper or Plastic” Johnson, the most sacked Quarterback of all time based on sacks per pass attempt. The guy known more as the son of former Houston Oilers Head man O.E. “Bum” Phillips and the Coach on the other sideline when the Tennessee Titans pulled off the Music City Miracle a few years back.”
“If Jerry Jones was determined to hire a retread, why not Dom Capers or Mike Sherman? Those guys, Capers anyway, may be has-beens, but Wade Phillips is a never-was as a Head Coach. His record is barely above .500 with a postseason mark of 0-3. Just the cure for what ails Cowboy fans after struggling to make the playoffs (did you say playoffs?) the last few seasons. Then Parcells gets to the playoffs a couple of times and loses. That’s the ticket. Replace a Hall of fame Coach with a guy who has never won a playoff game as a Head Coach. The Charger team he served as defensive coordinator lost in the first round of the playoffs. Speaking of which, Jim Mora, Sr. would have been a better choice than Wade Phillips. And a whole lot more entertaining in the press conferences. At least Wade’s daddy Bum had a few down home sayings like “Earl Campbell may not have been in a class by himself, but it sure didn’t take long to call roll.” Wade is as dull as Tom Landry, but not nearly as successful.”Â Link to the original story