Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips on the sidelines against the New England Patriots at Reliant Stadium. The Patriots beat the Texans 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
You’d think being the former head coach for the Dallas Cowboys would avail you of certain privileges when watching a game of your former team in AT&T Stadium. Apparently, that is not the case. Wade Phillips, a veteran coach in the NFL for 38 years, was forced to watch the Monday night matchup between his former team and the Washington Redskins in section 440 of the stadium, otherwise known as the nosebleeds.
Phillips didn’t seem to mind as he tweeted out his view from his seat during the game. He even enjoyed a beverage and took pictures with fans. It’s a reminder of how down to earth and friendly Phillips is and was during his three and a half year tenure in Dallas.
Some might have forgotten just how successful the Cowboys were under Phillips from 2007-2010. The team’s record with him at the helm was 34-22, which is a winning percentage of .607. The Cowboys also made the playoffs twice under the son of legendary coach Bum Phillips.
This was Phillips’ first return to At&T Stadium since 2010. The grand facility actually first opened the year before. Presumably, this was his first visit back since being fired by owner and general manger Jerry Jones after the Cowboys’ opened the 2010 season 1-7.
Despite Phillips being let go four years ago, you’d think enough time has passed for the former head coach of America’s Team to be given a spot in the owner’s box or at least better seats. Then again, Phillips could have simply came to the game unannounced and just wanted to see his old team in action. It certainly adds to his every man quality.
Although, Phillips did create a little bit of a stir in the media when he took what was perceived by some as a jab at current head coach Jason Garrett via Twitter. In the tweet, the former head coach pointed out the fact he had a better winning percentage than Garrett, at the time. It could be a sign that the former head coach is still a somewhat bitter about how everything went down back in 2010. And according to some former players, Phillips has a right to be angry.