Jerry Jones: Solid playoff push would help Phillips


ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said if coach Wade Phillips can get his team through this difficult December stretch with a solid playoff seeding, it will enhance the likelihood of his return in 2010.

Phillips is in the final year of a three-year contract but the team has an option for next year.

"I don't know that it's anymore so for Wade than it is for anybody else on this team," Jones said regarding pressure on his coach prior to Cowboys practice Wednesday. "... But what we do here and how we get into these playoffs ... have a game [at home], get a bye. All of those are things that look good for Wade."

The Cowboys (8-3) hold a one-game lead in the NFC East over Philadelphia heading into Sunday's game at the New York Giants.


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