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FanHouse: Cowboys set to keep Phillips as coach

Report: Cowboys to Retain Wade Phillips
1/18/2010 11:55 AM ET By Chris Burke


Despite an embarrassing 34-3 playoff loss in Minnesota Sunday, the Cowboys will reportedly bring Wade Phillips back for his fourth season as the team's head coach.

ESPN's Ed Werder, citing a high-ranking Dallas team source, reported Monday that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones plans to retain Phillips, whose contract includes a team-option year for the 2010 season.

Phillips' fate has been up in the air all year, as Jones has opted not to offer him an extension. The Dallas owner has, however, voiced his support for Phillips on multiple occasions during the season -- one in which Dallas finished 11-5, won the NFC East (for the second time in Phillips' three years) and beat Philadelphia in a wild-card round playoff game.

"I really don't know how you can sit here and make a change with the winningest-percentage coach that we've had in the history of the Cowboys," Jones told reporters after Dallas' Week 17 division-clinching win over Philadelphia.

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Phillips is 33-15 in three years as Dallas' head coach and 1-2 in the playoffs. For his NFL head coaching career, Phillips holds an 81-54 record -- he has coached Denver, Buffalo and Dallas, in addition to brief in-season stints with New Orleans and Atlanta.

Dallas' opening-round win over Philadelphia was Phillips' first career postseason win. Following Sunday's loss at Minnesota, he's 1-5 all-time in the playoffs.

"It's like the elevator falling from the top. It's tough when it's over," Phillips said following Dallas' season-ending defeat. "If you don't win it all, you have not reached your goal."

For now, it appears that Phillips will get at least one more shot to get Dallas over the top.


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