Phillips Will Be Back

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has virtually guaranteed that Wade Phillips will be back as coach next year.


Win, lose or draw.

Playoffs or not.

Jones said Phillips will be back.

Of course, Jones says that now. What else is he going to say with one game to go and the Cowboys still in the thick of the playoff chase. All they need to do is beat the Eagles next Sunday to qualify for the playoffs.

We all know that things could change if the Cowboys don't make the playoffs and a season that began with Super Bowl-or-bust proclamations ends as the most underachieving in franchise history.

Phillips said he's not concerned. His only focus is on Sunday's game against the Eagles.

"I don't even think about that," Phillips said. "I don't even want to discuss that. That's the furthest thing from my mind.

"I don't think about wholesale changes. I think about winning this game, and that's what we're going to do."

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"I think we do need to get comfortable with him, being able to throw it to him on a 5-9 cornerback," coach Wade Phillips said.

"I mean, that's hard to do because you look over there and see that he's covered, but he's not covered. He can go up and get it. I don't think we've come to that point. We haven't had that feel yet. But I think we will as we go along or certainly next year."

--The Cowboys will make the playoffs if they beat Philadelphia on the road in their season finale.

That's easier said than done for the Cowboys.

They haven't won a season finale since 1999. They are 0-8 since. They haven't won a road season finale since 1995.

--The Cowboys' game against the Eagles has been moved from 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. It might be a rough atmosphere, but it won't be frigid, which is good news for the Cowboys. The weather forecast for Sunday calls for a high of 53 degrees and a low of 31 with scattered showers.

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