Wade Phillips has slightly less long-term security than we originally thought.
The confusion came because of a removed option year for 2012, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal was originally drawn up with the option, but at the last moment the final year was taken out.
Whatever the reason, the shorter contract means that there will be questions about Phillips’ contract again next year. Jones won’t want Phillips to be a “lame duck” coach in 2011.
Then again, Phillips is basically year-to-year unless he wins a Super Bowl. Jerry Jones said as much Thursday.
“I’m encouraged by the progress we made this year, but in no way are we
satisfied,” Jones said. “This contract represents that. Two years in the NFL
is an eternity, but it has to be urgent. It has to be addressed as though there
is no tomorrow.”