Wade Phillips, as easygoing and agreeable as he is, has been a polarizing figure for the Dallas Cowboys over the last 2 seasons. Sure, he’s led the Cowboys to a 22-11 record, fifth-best among NFL coaches behind Bill Belichick, Tom Coughlin, Mike Tomlin and Jeff Fisher. Not too shabby. But each of those coaches has playoff wins; Phillips does not.
Phillips is lucky that, for now, he has Jerry Jones on his side for one more season.
But he’s also lucky with the way the 2009 schedule has fallen for him.
If you look at the first seven games of the season (@TB, NYG, CAR, @DEN, @KC, BYE, ATL), we have a pretty good chance at a 5-2 start. And if Dallas keeps up its recent record against Carolina, we could be 6-1.
That’d be a great start for Cowboys. It would definitely be enough to keep Jerry from finally handing over the reins to Jason Garrett.
In fact, the whole Cowboys schedule should bode well for Phillips, as this article explains.
With this schedule, Phillips should be able to survive through the season at least. Another postseason failure, however, could spell the end of the younger Phillips’ reign in Dallas.