Cowboys coach Wade Phillips is a lame duck. And he’s the worst kind of lame duck; under the terms of his current deal, Phillips won’t be a free agent in 2010.
Phillips’ contract expires after the 2009 season, but the team holds an option for one more year.
And owner Jerry Jones wisely isn’t commenting on whether that option will be exercised.
“Since there’s been absolutely nothing in my mind but the fact I have
an option for him next year, that’s as far as we need to go,” Jones
said on his weekly Dallas radio show, via the San Antonio Express-News. “And I’m proud that today we’ve had some
success and that the things Wade can bring to the table are showing. . . . It wouldn’t benefit our fans at all for me to discuss his status for
But at some point it could benefit the locker room to know that Phillips no longer is a lame duck, and that he’ll definitely be back in 2010. And maybe that day is coming. Our best guess is that it would happen if at all not long after the Cowboys win their first playoff game since 1996.
Then again, Jones also has a habit of changing his mind.
Just ask T.O.
The only sure thing is that Jones has been and will be carefully pondering all of his options, and that he likely will wait as long as possible before committing to a course of action for the future.
There’s also a chance that, before making a decision as to whether Phillips stays, Jones will talk to potential replacements. He’s got a habit of doing that, too.
Just ask Dave Campo.