#2. What's different about Wade Phillips?
There's a million clichés that could be used to describe head coach Wade Phillips and the Dallas Cowboys entering the 2009 season- do or die, now or never, etc. Whatever you want to call it, something about the Cowboys' head man has to change after two dismal ends to what started as promising seasons.
And after suffering through an embarrassing 44-6 defeat to end to the 2008 season, it was thought Phillips wouldn't be around for a fourth season, that is until Jerry Jones stepped in to announce to the world the former Broncos/Bills/Falcons head coach would be back in 2009.
"When I look at where we are coaching staff-wise and when I look at where we are personnel-wise, I see a team that is in place to compete for several years," he said. "The coaching staff is in place … how can I be any clearer?"
Of course, Phillips was originally brought to Dallas as the anti-Bill Parcells.
Parcells was the dictator - "it's my way or the highway" type while Phillips allowed pros to be pros without the constant nagging and complaining.
So far, it has been Parcells who has had the better overall results, although neither coach has won a playoff game with the silver and blue.
But don't be surprised if Phillips is more of a Parcells-like-disciplinarian than what he's been in the past this season. With rumors floating around that longtime Broncos head man and two time Super Bowl winner Mike Shanahan could be next in line if Phillips fails this season- his coaching career could depend on it.
9 Questions for 2009: #2
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