Wade Phillips compares himself to Tom Landry, says he will coach again
Former Cowboys coach Wade Phillips hasn’t done an interview locally since being fired by owner Jerry Jones two weeks ago and replaced by interim coach Jason Garrett.
But he did go on Bruce Smith’s radio show on WXTG-FM ( 102.1 The Game) in Virginia Beach Monday night in what was his first extensive interview since the coaching change.
Phillips said he doesn’t feel bad about the job he did in Dallas because he ended up with the same winning percentage as legendary Cowboys coach Tom Landry _ obviously absent the litany of division titles, playoff wins, five Super Bowl appearances and two Super Bowl titles.
“We went 34-22, which is pretty good,” Phillips said. “I went out with the same winning percentage as Tom Landry, so I don't feel bad about my head coaching career.”
Phillips says he is not ready to retire and still wants to coach. He doubts he will get another head coaching job but predicted he will be back in the league as a defensive coordinator soon.
“I think they're going to look at me more as a coordinator and that's fine with me. I just want to coach,” Phillips said. “I got 33-34 years now in the league and I enjoy coaching. I enjoy the players and you know, once you're away from it, even for a small amount of time, you miss the camaraderie. Just the great feeling of guys working together and the people involved, so I'd like to get back into it. I think there will be an opening somewhere for defensive coordinator that has a pretty good reputation.”
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