Wade Phillips: Cowboys are a better 1-4 team than other 1-4 teams

Former Cowboys coach Bill Parcells liked to say that his teams were what their record said they were. But current Cowboys coach Wade Phillips says his team is better than its record would suggest.

“I guess we think we’re a better 1-4 team than some teams that are 1-4,” Phillips said. “I mean mentally. They don’t think they might not win the next game. Gosh, we might not win this next one. This team thinks . . . I still think they think they’re going to win this next game.”

There actually aren’t any other 1-4 teams in the NFL right now, so I’m not sure which teams Phillips is referring to when he says “some teams that are 1-4.” But Phillips’ phrasing is interesting: He says the Cowboys think of themselves as a good team, even if their record is 1-4.

But the whole point of Parcells’ old saying is that it’s irrelevant how good the Cowboys think they are. What matters is how good their record says they are. And their record says they’re two and a half games behind the Giants and Eagles in the NFC East, and a game and a half behind the Redskins.

So with the Giants coming to town on Monday night, the Cowboys had better be right when “they think they’re going to win this next game.” Unless they’re going to be satisfied thinking they’re better than other 1-5 teams.

122 responses to “Wade Phillips: Cowboys are a better 1-4 team than other 1-4 teams

  1. You see, this is why the cowgirls (under Wade Phillips) will never be anything. You are what your record says you are…and Wade, you are 1-4. Your current reality is that you have lost 4 games to winning 1. At this point, I’m not sure that positive thinking can change that.
    No one has a winning mindset on that team.

  2. You see, this is why the cowgirls (under Wade Phillips) will never be anything. You are what your record says you are…and Wade, you are 1-4. Your current reality is that you have lost 4 games to winning 1. At this point, I’m not sure that positive thinking can change that.
    No one has a winning mindset on that team.

  3. Well, you are what your record says you are.
    Still, it has to be considered somewhat of a dubious accomplishment to be the #3 Offense and the #4 Defense in the league and have a record of 1-4. I would think you’d have to actively TRY to do that.
    Has that ever happened in the NFL???

  4. Well, you are what your record says you are.
    Still, it has to be considered somewhat of a dubious accomplishment to be the #3 Offense and the #4 Defense in the league and have a record of 1-4. I would think you’d have to actively TRY to do that.
    Has that ever happened in the NFL???

  5. Yeh, well…you’re still 1-4 and almost nothing could be sweeter to a Skins fan. The only thing better would be some other NFC East team playing in the Super Bowl in the house that Jerry built. LOL.

  6. Yeh, well…you’re still 1-4 and almost nothing could be sweeter to a Skins fan. The only thing better would be some other NFC East team playing in the Super Bowl in the house that Jerry built. LOL.

  7. The best smelling turd is still a turd.
    When you are reduced to comparing yourself to the other bad teams in the league you have nothing left to say.

  8. The best smelling turd is still a turd.
    When you are reduced to comparing yourself to the other bad teams in the league you have nothing left to say.

  9. That’s Great News! Since, the NFL goes by Wade Phillips’ opinion for the playoff tiebreaker.
    You are what your record says you are.

  10. That’s Great News! Since, the NFL goes by Wade Phillips’ opinion for the playoff tiebreaker.
    You are what your record says you are.

  11. Why is it that every year people in the media pick the Cowboys and Bengals to win it all? It’s gonna be the same thing next year. “Cowboys, Bengals! This is gonna be the year!” I don’t get it.

  12. Why is it that every year people in the media pick the Cowboys and Bengals to win it all? It’s gonna be the same thing next year. “Cowboys, Bengals! This is gonna be the year!” I don’t get it.

  13. “It is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought of as a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”
    Wade Phillips should heed this advice.

  14. “It is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought of as a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”
    Wade Phillips should heed this advice.

  15. I’m so tired of this nonsense. You think you would hear Mike Tomlin or Belichick say “Well I guess we think we’re better than 1-4.”
    Or would you hear Sean Payton say “This team thinks . . . I still think they think they’re going to win this next game.”
    Elite coaches don’t give half-assed responses. They make statements. In football and in some ways life, there are three types of people.
    Those who make things happen
    Those who watch things happen
    Those who stand around scratching their head asking “What happened?”

  16. I’m so tired of this nonsense. You think you would hear Mike Tomlin or Belichick say “Well I guess we think we’re better than 1-4.”
    Or would you hear Sean Payton say “This team thinks . . . I still think they think they’re going to win this next game.”
    Elite coaches don’t give half-assed responses. They make statements. In football and in some ways life, there are three types of people.
    Those who make things happen
    Those who watch things happen
    Those who stand around scratching their head asking “What happened?”

  17. More puppet speak. Skelator must of pulled his string. What a joke. To flap their bejabbers about being in the 2010 Superbowl. Laughing stock of the NFL. How thw High and Mighty girls tumble to the basement. When they get to the basement with the other basement dwellers they think they are bettter. Nothing changes with the arrogance and lack of humility on that team. They deserve it.

  18. More puppet speak. Skelator must of pulled his string. What a joke. To flap their bejabbers about being in the 2010 Superbowl. Laughing stock of the NFL. How thw High and Mighty girls tumble to the basement. When they get to the basement with the other basement dwellers they think they are bettter. Nothing changes with the arrogance and lack of humility on that team. They deserve it.

  19. I believe they are the only 1-4 team so he may be right.
    Personally I think the 1-5 49rs are a better team however.

  20. I believe they are the only 1-4 team so he may be right.
    Personally I think the 1-5 49rs are a better team however.

  21. I agree with Phillips. They are individually better than any team with a losing record, excluding the Vikings. However, I think the only thing holding them back is coaching. This is great knowing that trashy Cowboys fans are finally getting their comeuppance for having no class.

  22. I agree with Phillips. They are individually better than any team with a losing record, excluding the Vikings. However, I think the only thing holding them back is coaching. This is great knowing that trashy Cowboys fans are finally getting their comeuppance for having no class.

  23. Hey Wade, you’re more talented than other 1-4 teams, but you’re not better, hence your record is 1-4. Wait that means that you suck as a coach…hmm

  24. Hey Wade, you’re more talented than other 1-4 teams, but you’re not better, hence your record is 1-4. Wait that means that you suck as a coach…hmm

  25. That comment by Parcells was the worst thing ever said in sports. Especially since clowns who obviously know nothing about sports ran with it.
    Every year teams start off looking good by mid-Oct.
    The Dolphins have years of starting off strong and fading. Anyone remember Buffalo starting 3-0 a few years back? How about Denver’s 6-0 last year? Or the Giants?
    Those teams were not what their record said they were. Anyone feeling real confident in the Bears 4-2 record? How about the Texans? Or any team in the NFC West? Would you be throwing money down on any of those teams playoff chances?
    Writing off the Cowboys is retarded for anyone who watches football. This team could easily rip off 4-5 wins in a row. There have been plenty of teams who have started off poorly and still made the playoffs. Lots of football left to play, making decisions in mid Oct based on records alone is for the morons.

  26. That comment by Parcells was the worst thing ever said in sports. Especially since clowns who obviously know nothing about sports ran with it.
    Every year teams start off looking good by mid-Oct.
    The Dolphins have years of starting off strong and fading. Anyone remember Buffalo starting 3-0 a few years back? How about Denver’s 6-0 last year? Or the Giants?
    Those teams were not what their record said they were. Anyone feeling real confident in the Bears 4-2 record? How about the Texans? Or any team in the NFC West? Would you be throwing money down on any of those teams playoff chances?
    Writing off the Cowboys is retarded for anyone who watches football. This team could easily rip off 4-5 wins in a row. There have been plenty of teams who have started off poorly and still made the playoffs. Lots of football left to play, making decisions in mid Oct based on records alone is for the morons.

  27. As a Cowboys fan, I cannot be more embarrassed by this fat clown. It almost makes my head explode watching their games this season. Not one player seems to care and it is obvious why they don’t. When the general doesn’t know how to lead it is often hard for the soldiers to follow.

  28. As a Cowboys fan, I cannot be more embarrassed by this fat clown. It almost makes my head explode watching their games this season. Not one player seems to care and it is obvious why they don’t. When the general doesn’t know how to lead it is often hard for the soldiers to follow.

  29. Oh Wade, once again you are proving to us that eating twinkies and drinking chocolate milk all day long can seriously screw w/ someone’s mind. You have to STOP! There is help for people like you.

  30. Oh Wade, once again you are proving to us that eating twinkies and drinking chocolate milk all day long can seriously screw w/ someone’s mind. You have to STOP! There is help for people like you.

  31. Detroit who has legitimate excuses like playing with their #2 and #3 QBs and committing many bonehead penalties and stupid plays IS a team who one can legitimately say is better than their record is. Dallas deserves to be 1-4 right now off how they played. And this game with the Giants is a division title elimination game for them should they lose.

  32. Detroit who has legitimate excuses like playing with their #2 and #3 QBs and committing many bonehead penalties and stupid plays IS a team who one can legitimately say is better than their record is. Dallas deserves to be 1-4 right now off how they played. And this game with the Giants is a division title elimination game for them should they lose.

  33. When asked to make an analogy Phillips said,
    “If you were to compare us to Turd Sandwiches, I guess we think we’re a better Turd Sandwich than some other Turd Sandwiches.”
    Failboys.

  34. When asked to make an analogy Phillips said,
    “If you were to compare us to Turd Sandwiches, I guess we think we’re a better Turd Sandwich than some other Turd Sandwiches.”
    Failboys.

  35. Your 1-4 you are what your record says. You 1-4 because you suck. You suck just as much as any other 1-4 team. There is talent on the team, but there is talent on every team its the NFL. I just think its Wade’s attempt to make him seem not as bad a coach. It’s not the players its the coaching!!!!!!

  36. Your 1-4 you are what your record says. You 1-4 because you suck. You suck just as much as any other 1-4 team. There is talent on the team, but there is talent on every team its the NFL. I just think its Wade’s attempt to make him seem not as bad a coach. It’s not the players its the coaching!!!!!!

  37. Are you kidding me!
    What a great argument Wade.
    That’s like saying my 86 Honda with 250k on it is better than your Honda with 250K. They are both pieces of crap!

  38. Are you kidding me!
    What a great argument Wade.
    That’s like saying my 86 Honda with 250k on it is better than your Honda with 250K. They are both pieces of crap!

  39. The Cowboys will never change as long as Jerry Jones remained the CEO, Chairman, and GM.
    As much money as he invested in this young undisciplined players, he need to hire someone that knows football and let them do the work..and If he hire Bill Cowher as a coach, he might get a chance to hold the trophy.

  40. The Cowboys will never change as long as Jerry Jones remained the CEO, Chairman, and GM.
    As much money as he invested in this young undisciplined players, he need to hire someone that knows football and let them do the work..and If he hire Bill Cowher as a coach, he might get a chance to hold the trophy.

  41. LOL! I actually feel bad for Cowboys fans after reading that story!
    Oh yeah Dallas Cowboy fan…this is the year!

  42. LOL! I actually feel bad for Cowboys fans after reading that story!
    Oh yeah Dallas Cowboy fan…this is the year!

  43. I can’t imagine why he would say this. Barring a dramatic comeback, which is still mathematically possible (unfortunately), he’s unemployed at the end of the season. Is this supposed to inspire another owner to hire him? He comes across as sad and pathetic. I can’t imagine even ESPN wanting to hire him and we all know how low that bar is set. Here’s a hint Wade, at least pretend you’re pissed off that you’re 1-4. Then, you come across as someone who wants to win. This – this sounds like about as inspired as “the dog ate my homework”. No fire, no emotion, no drive – just excuses and ridiculous rationalizations. Sad.

  44. I can’t imagine why he would say this. Barring a dramatic comeback, which is still mathematically possible (unfortunately), he’s unemployed at the end of the season. Is this supposed to inspire another owner to hire him? He comes across as sad and pathetic. I can’t imagine even ESPN wanting to hire him and we all know how low that bar is set. Here’s a hint Wade, at least pretend you’re pissed off that you’re 1-4. Then, you come across as someone who wants to win. This – this sounds like about as inspired as “the dog ate my homework”. No fire, no emotion, no drive – just excuses and ridiculous rationalizations. Sad.

  45. Yeah, Wade…. You are much closer to a 2-3 team then the other 1-4 teams you share your record with. What an accomplishment.

  46. Yeah, Wade…. You are much closer to a 2-3 team then the other 1-4 teams you share your record with. What an accomplishment.

  47. Maybe the NFL should listen to Wade, and when the Cowboys have only won 3 games on the year… Allow them to be an ‘Extra Special WILD Wild wild Card’ and be in the playoffs.

  48. Maybe the NFL should listen to Wade, and when the Cowboys have only won 3 games on the year… Allow them to be an ‘Extra Special WILD Wild wild Card’ and be in the playoffs.

  49. How does it feel knowing the RAMS!!! are better than you Cowpukes? LOL. Tell dat old Gerber Baby to hush and worry about coaching his horrible overrated so called America’s Favorite Team. You are letting America down Jerry Jones.

  50. How does it feel knowing the RAMS!!! are better than you Cowpukes? LOL. Tell dat old Gerber Baby to hush and worry about coaching his horrible overrated so called America’s Favorite Team. You are letting America down Jerry Jones.

  51. Unreal. Wade should have been gone after he lost to the Giants (coming off a bye) in the 07 playoffs.

  52. Unreal. Wade should have been gone after he lost to the Giants (coming off a bye) in the 07 playoffs.

  53. Lol Wade! The Cowboys are the ONLY 1-4 team in the league. So of course you’re the best 1-4 team out there. Also the worst 1-4 team out there.
    Keep up the good work Wade, everyone outside of northern Texas is enjoying watching the Cowboys team fail miserably.

  54. Lol Wade! The Cowboys are the ONLY 1-4 team in the league. So of course you’re the best 1-4 team out there. Also the worst 1-4 team out there.
    Keep up the good work Wade, everyone outside of northern Texas is enjoying watching the Cowboys team fail miserably.

  55. I really hope the Cowboys keep thinking they are better than their record. This way they will keep making stupid mistakes and dropping games. Phillips is not a good coach.

  56. I really hope the Cowboys keep thinking they are better than their record. This way they will keep making stupid mistakes and dropping games. Phillips is not a good coach.

  57. Like I’ve asked before, doesn’t the license on saying “we are the most talented team in the NFL” run out somewhere around 1-3 or 1-4?
    Looking so much forward to Turkey Day dinner, watching the hapless Cryboys (projected at that time to be no better than 4-6), get their arses whipped at home by the Saints.
    Here’s hoping the media keeps the Cryboys train wreck of a season in the national focus for weeks to come.
    Life is great!

  58. Like I’ve asked before, doesn’t the license on saying “we are the most talented team in the NFL” run out somewhere around 1-3 or 1-4?
    Looking so much forward to Turkey Day dinner, watching the hapless Cryboys (projected at that time to be no better than 4-6), get their arses whipped at home by the Saints.
    Here’s hoping the media keeps the Cryboys train wreck of a season in the national focus for weeks to come.
    Life is great!

  59. I can’t believe he is actually saying that… He probably meant the dumbest 1-4 team… I’m a Cowboys fan and reading Wade Phillips’ comments is just embarrassing…

  60. I can’t believe he is actually saying that… He probably meant the dumbest 1-4 team… I’m a Cowboys fan and reading Wade Phillips’ comments is just embarrassing…

  61. Wade you and Romo need to stay in Dallas forever buddy. You’re right, you are the “best” 1-4 team in the league. Great job!

  62. Wade you and Romo need to stay in Dallas forever buddy. You’re right, you are the “best” 1-4 team in the league. Great job!

  63. Wade, you are still 1-4!! It doesn’t really matter what other 1-4 team you think you are better than. Face it, your done after this season. Time to go to the NCAA.

  64. Wade, you are still 1-4!! It doesn’t really matter what other 1-4 team you think you are better than. Face it, your done after this season. Time to go to the NCAA.

  65. And they wonder why are we 1 and 4 with People like Wade Phillips in charge. A chip off the old block of Jerry Jones
    It couldn’t be more deserving.

  66. And they wonder why are we 1 and 4 with People like Wade Phillips in charge. A chip off the old block of Jerry Jones
    It couldn’t be more deserving.

  67. You are what your record says you are Dallas. Doesn’t matter how many groupies you bang or how popular you are in the Dallas nightclubs, you’re a losing team, thus, you are all losers.

  68. You are what your record says you are Dallas. Doesn’t matter how many groupies you bang or how popular you are in the Dallas nightclubs, you’re a losing team, thus, you are all losers.

  69. So – they could win one game, and at the end of the day only be 1.5 games out of first in their division? What’s not to like about that?

  70. So – they could win one game, and at the end of the day only be 1.5 games out of first in their division? What’s not to like about that?

  71. Wade needs to face it – he’s lost his job (Jerrah is waiting to pull the lever on this season – the season his team was to play in the Super Bowl at Jerrah’s Palatial Pimp Palace).
    Jerrah crapped all over Tom Landry, and it’s biting him in the @$$ all of these years later…KARMA IS A BYOTCH!

  72. Wade needs to face it – he’s lost his job (Jerrah is waiting to pull the lever on this season – the season his team was to play in the Super Bowl at Jerrah’s Palatial Pimp Palace).
    Jerrah crapped all over Tom Landry, and it’s biting him in the @$$ all of these years later…KARMA IS A BYOTCH!

  73. “I guess we think we’re a better 1-4 team than some teams that are 1-4,” Phillips said.
    *********
    I just checked Urban Dictionary, and it turns out that tPhillips’ statement is now the #1 definition of “turd polish.”

  74. “I guess we think we’re a better 1-4 team than some teams that are 1-4,” Phillips said.
    *********
    I just checked Urban Dictionary, and it turns out that tPhillips’ statement is now the #1 definition of “turd polish.”

  75. first he makes his team look stupid now he makes himself look stupid……
    definitely keep this tard so other 1-4 teams can got 2-4 against them

  76. first he makes his team look stupid now he makes himself look stupid……
    definitely keep this tard so other 1-4 teams can got 2-4 against them

  77. Obvisouly they are a good team but they havent put it together yet. If they stop getting flags then we can really see who they are. Its make or break for them on MNF

  78. Obvisouly they are a good team but they havent put it together yet. If they stop getting flags then we can really see who they are. Its make or break for them on MNF

  79. Oh hell…why not just tell everyone that your 5-0 since thats what you and the Girls fans think their record should be.

  80. Oh hell…why not just tell everyone that your 5-0 since thats what you and the Girls fans think their record should be.

  81. Obvisouly they are a good team but they havent put it together yet. If they stop getting flags then we can really see who they are. Its make or break for them on MNF
    ————
    You have to be about 12 years old or a female to make dat comment.

  82. Obvisouly they are a good team but they havent put it together yet. If they stop getting flags then we can really see who they are. Its make or break for them on MNF
    ————
    You have to be about 12 years old or a female to make dat comment.

  83. Did anyone see the Cowboys on Hard Knocks a season or two ago? Wade Phillips called training camp ‘Camp Cupcake’.
    ‘Nuff said.

  84. Did anyone see the Cowboys on Hard Knocks a season or two ago? Wade Phillips called training camp ‘Camp Cupcake’.
    ‘Nuff said.

  85. Bill: Nice analogy, but I got 400K out of my ’92 Prelude before it bit the dust (got T-boned by an inattentive schoolteacher at a traffic light)
    I agree: Crap+crap=useless sound bites just like Wade’s. I feel bad for the ‘Boys…….NOT.

  86. Bill: Nice analogy, but I got 400K out of my ’92 Prelude before it bit the dust (got T-boned by an inattentive schoolteacher at a traffic light)
    I agree: Crap+crap=useless sound bites just like Wade’s. I feel bad for the ‘Boys…….NOT.

  87. That’s exactly why America hates the Cowboys. That arrogance. “We’re sh*tty, but we’re the best sh*tty team out there.” Seriously, what a clown. The Cowboys just fold under pressure. Next year I won’t be surprised if they make the playoffs. But whenever the pressure is on, they fail. All that preseason Super Bowl hype about being the first team to win the trophy in their own stadium got to their heads. I still remember Romo saying “see you in Dallas for the Super Bowl” at the Hall of Fame game this year. Stupid. I hope Wade Phillips never gets fired and Tony Romo stays as QB for a long time.

  88. That’s exactly why America hates the Cowboys. That arrogance. “We’re sh*tty, but we’re the best sh*tty team out there.” Seriously, what a clown. The Cowboys just fold under pressure. Next year I won’t be surprised if they make the playoffs. But whenever the pressure is on, they fail. All that preseason Super Bowl hype about being the first team to win the trophy in their own stadium got to their heads. I still remember Romo saying “see you in Dallas for the Super Bowl” at the Hall of Fame game this year. Stupid. I hope Wade Phillips never gets fired and Tony Romo stays as QB for a long time.

  89. As a lifelong Cowboys fan, every time that I look at this fat idiot, I am reminded of Jerrah’s ego…

  90. As a lifelong Cowboys fan, every time that I look at this fat idiot, I am reminded of Jerrah’s ego…

  91. Any idiot can see that Phillips is saying that his team isn’t getting blown out 40-0. They are in every game and therefore just a few plays from correcting the problems.
    What do you expect him to say? “We suck. We’re a terrible team with no hope of improving.”
    What a stupid article. Every coach HAS to believe that his team is better than than it shows.

  92. Any idiot can see that Phillips is saying that his team isn’t getting blown out 40-0. They are in every game and therefore just a few plays from correcting the problems.
    What do you expect him to say? “We suck. We’re a terrible team with no hope of improving.”
    What a stupid article. Every coach HAS to believe that his team is better than than it shows.

  93. I remember when he was the HC of the Bills and he said “we don’t have punt returners, we have punt catchers.”
    He really is as dumb as it gets.

  94. I remember when he was the HC of the Bills and he said “we don’t have punt returners, we have punt catchers.”
    He really is as dumb as it gets.

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