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November 23, 2010

Phillips is no Landry, let's count the ways

Former Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Phillips went on Bruce Smith’s radio show in Virginia Beach (WXTG-102.1 FM) on Monday and managed to severely embarrass himself.

Phillips became perhaps the only person in football history to put his name in the same sentence with Tom Landry.

“We went 34-22, which is pretty good,” Phillips said of his tenure in Dallas before being fired by Jerry Jones. “I went out with the same winning percentage as Tom Landry, so I don't feel bad about my head coaching career.”

While the .607 winning percentage matched that of Landry, who was 250-162-6 in 29 years, Phillips failed to mention:

-- He won 216 fewer regular season games than Landry.

-- He made the playoffs two times while Landry made them 18 times.

-- He coached in three playoff games and Landry coached in 36.

-- He won one playoff game while Landry won 20.

-- He made it to five fewer Super Bowls than Landry.

-- He won two fewer Super Bowls than Landry.

 Yes, that winning percentage in three years was the same as Landry’s in 29. But anyone familiar with the careers of Wade Phillips and Tom Landry knows that Wade Phillips is no Tom Landry.

-- Jan Hubbard

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