Phillips to become next Cowboys coach


Sultan of Swat
Staff member
OAHU, Hawaii (Feb. 8, 2007) -- From the moment Wade Phillips interviewed for the Cowboys' head coaching job, he legitimately believed he was the man who would land the job.
Wednesday night he did, sneaking up on many the way Mike Tomlin did in Pittsburgh, where he edged out Russ Grimm for the Steelers' head coaching job just a few weeks ago.
Phillips believed he deserved the opportunity for the job he had done as a head coach before. In the five seasons he was the head coach in Buffalo and Denver, Phillips led three teams to the playoffs, while compiling a 45-35 record.

One of the primary reasons Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hired Phillips is because of his knowledge of the 3-4 defense. Few coach it any better than Phillips, as San Diego's success proved, and Jones wanted to import that knowledge to Dallas and its defense. Phillips now will be in charge of turning DeMarcus Ware into the pass-rushing force that Shawne Merriman became in San Diego.