After being fired from a job, most people take some time a think about what they could’ve done better. What they could’ve done to actually keep their job. Former Dallas Cowboys coach, Wade Phillips is apparently not most people.
Phillips bit the dust a couple of weeks ago and after taking a little time off to do what Wade Phillips does, he decided to give his take on his time in Dallas on the Bruce Smith show on WXTG (102.1 The Game) in Virginia Beach. And his take is that is was, and still is, a great coach. And he has the numbers to prove it.
Would you take a defensive coordinator or another head coaching position if it became available?
Well, I would. I just think the perception is, once you’re fired that you’re not a very good coach and that’s…it happened to me at Buffalo; we were 29-19 in Buffalo. Once I was fired there, I couldn’t get a head coaching job because they thought I wasn’t a good enough coach. They didn’t look at my record; they just said, “Oh gosh, he’s fired so we got to get somebody else.”
It took me a long time to get another head coaching job and we went 34-22, which is pretty good. I went out with the same winning percentage as Tom Landry, so I don’t feel bad about my head coaching career but I think they’re going to look at me more as a coordinator and that’s fine with me. I just want to coach.
That’s a whole lotta chest thumpin there, Wade. And something tells me you have more. Yeah, you have more.
What was the problem in Dallas?
Well, it wasn’t a problem before this year. We had the most wins in the NFC and the second most wins in the league the last three years, so we didn’t have a whole lot of problems going into this year. It seems like expectations were high certainly and we lost some close games. I think you remember the first year I was at Buffalo; we lost the first three games. But anyways, we came close but we didn’t win in Buffalo in those games but we came back and won. I think they’re going to do the same thing here. We got a lot of good players and we just lose some close games that seem like we shouldn’t have lost but we did.
Yep, Wade Phillips hasn’t learned one thing from his firing.
Wade Phillips: ‘I went out with the same winning percentage as Tom Landry’ (Dallas Morning News)