Wade Phillips compares his winning percentage to Tom Landry
Wade Phillips wants back in the game.
The fired coach of the Dallas Cowboys enjoys his work, and he’s looking forward to the chance to work elsewhere. In an interview on Bruce Smith’s show in Virginia Beach, Va., on WXTG-102.1, Phillips defended his record as a head coach too.
“The perception is, once you're fired that you're not a very good coach,” Phillips said in an interview transcribed by the Dallas Morning News. “It happened to me at Buffalo; we were 29-19 in Buffalo. Once I was fired there, I couldn't get a head coaching job because they thought I wasn't a good enough coach. They didn't look at my record; they just said,’Oh gosh, he's fired so we got to get somebody else.’
“It took me a long time to get another head coaching job and we went 34-22, which is pretty good. I went out with the same winning percentage as Tom Landry, so I don't feel bad about my head coaching career but I think they're going to look at me more as a coordinator and that's fine with me. I just want to coach.”
Sure, Phillips might hold a winning percentage very similar to Landry (Phillips’ is actually a fraction better), Landry won 270 games as the coach of the Cowboys. Phillips is right. It’s going to be hard for him to land another head-coaching job. The right situation would have to open. He’d like to get back in the game in 2011 though.
“I got 33-34 years now in the league and I enjoy coaching,” he said. “I enjoy the players and you know, once you're away from it, even for a small amount of time, you miss the camaraderie. Just the great feeling of guys working together and the people involved, so I'd like to get back into it. I think there will be an opening somewhere for defensive coordinator that has a pretty good reputation.”
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