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Wade Phillips offers "sincere appreciation" for his time in Dallas

Shortly after he was fired as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Wade Phillips released a statement thanking the fans, owner Jerry Jones, the Cowboys’ players and his assistant coaches.

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the fans of the Cowboys and to the entire Jones family for all of the support that we received here in Dallas,” Phillips said in the statement, which was distributed by the Cowboys. “I would also like to thank our coaches and players for their loyalty and dedication.”

Although his players never looked like they were playing very hard for him this season, Phillips had fond words for them on the way out the door.

“I told the team today that I have been proud to be a part of their family, and that will never change,” Phillips said. “I have enjoyed the privilege and responsibility of representing this franchise as its head coach.”

Ultimately, Phillips hopes he’ll be remembered more for the 13-3, 9-7 and 11-5 teams he coached from 2007 to 2009 than for this year’s 1-7 effort.

“I am disappointed in the results of this season to this point, but I am also very proud of what our team and our players accomplished in the previous three years,” Phillips said. “In good times and difficult times, our players stuck together and never lost hold of their belief in each other and the strong team bond that they have shared. Family and coaching football have always defined my life and I will always be grateful for my experiences here with the Dallas Cowboys.”

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49 Responses to “Wade Phillips offers "sincere appreciation" for his time in Dallas”
  1. Try.TheVeal says: Nov 8, 2010 7:23 PM

    Well, except for Mike Jenkins who did the best matador impersonation the NFL has seen this side of Antonio Cromartie….

  2. FireJerryJones says: Nov 8, 2010 7:25 PM

    Dear Wade,
    It’s all your fault.
    Jerry.
    PS> Chan needs some help.

  3. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Nov 8, 2010 7:26 PM

    and as a Redskins fan I have to say this:
    bwaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahaaa!!
    that is all…

  4. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Nov 8, 2010 7:27 PM

    Wade, you should have stood up to Jerry but that wasn’t your nature. Now look at you.

  5. Tim says: Nov 8, 2010 7:28 PM

    Rex Ryan will be releasing the same statement in a few more seasons.

  6. august says: Nov 8, 2010 7:29 PM

    translation: I would like future work.

  7. realitypolice says: Nov 8, 2010 7:30 PM

    BigMikeSkinsFan says:
    November 8, 2010 7:26 PM
    and as a Redskins fan I have to say this:
    bwaaaaaaaaaahahah ahahahahahahahahaaa! !
    that is all…
    ===================
    Wade may have been a little slow on the uptake, but your coach is bat-s*** crazy.

  8. pbassguy says: Nov 8, 2010 7:31 PM

    classy statement by a man who had a chance to rip players,coaches and the owner but choose to take the high road. Im not a fan but it had to be hard working with Jones and Garrett except maybe on the 15th and 31st of every month. Wade will be a good d-cord somewhere soon.

  9. bruce campbells chainsaw hand says: Nov 8, 2010 7:31 PM

    Very classy of Wade. I wonder if Childress will have similar things to say when he gets fired.

  10. Xpensive Wino says: Nov 8, 2010 7:33 PM

    Nice man, solid defensive coordinator, lousy head coach.
    Next….

  11. Try.TheVeal says: Nov 8, 2010 7:35 PM

    And also Jay Ratliff, who gives a mean ass scowl on the sideline, who in 8 games has 14 tackles and 1 sack…

  12. George C says: Nov 8, 2010 7:36 PM

    Looks like a “cut & paste” post from Buffalo and Denver..

  13. redskinz1 says: Nov 8, 2010 7:36 PM

    As a Redskin fan I would like to thank the Cowpukes for taking some of the heat off of the Redskins!!!
    And…
    bwaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahaha!!

  14. Girard says: Nov 8, 2010 7:37 PM

    big talk for a fan of a team who’s qb is too stupid to run the two minute offense.

  15. dakotah says: Nov 8, 2010 7:40 PM

    Nice guy, lousy head coach.
    I hope Garrett puts Jenkins worthless ass on the bench immediately.

  16. daganjasmoke says: Nov 8, 2010 7:41 PM

    “Although his players never looked like they were playing very hard for him this season, Phillips had fond words for them on the way out the door. ”
    Never heard of sarcasm, or undertones?

  17. Raider3:16 says: Nov 8, 2010 7:43 PM

    and as a Redskins fan I have to say this:
    bwaaaaaaaaaahahah ahahahahahahahahaaa! !
    that is all…

    I think perhaps a Redskin fan should be the last person to say something about another team’s head coach troubles.
    What’s Shanny’s excuse TODAY?

  18. Bucforever says: Nov 8, 2010 7:44 PM

    I guess Jerry and Wade knocked Bret and Chilly off this site for awhile. I know they could use a break. Matter of fact , me too.

  19. Try.TheVeal says: Nov 8, 2010 7:45 PM

    Or maybe miles austin, who had the balls to go on TV and say, well we are 1-7 maybe a change will do us good….Someone said it perfectly in a prior post……What a bunch of check cashing freeloaders….

  20. Altschul says: Nov 8, 2010 7:50 PM

    daganjasmoke says:
    November 8, 2010 7:41 PM
    “Although his players never looked like they were playing very hard for him this season, Phillips had fond words for them on the way out the door. ”
    Never heard of sarcasm, or undertones?
    ___________________________________
    He was a horrible head coach, but I do believe Wade Phillips is a classy guy who sincerely meant what he said. He seems very kind and likable, and those qualities were probably a big part of why he can sleep in for the rest of the season.

  21. pga5 says: Nov 8, 2010 7:53 PM

    Thank goodness Phillips was fired. It’s for his own good. It’s a good feeling CowboysFan thinks it was on Wade and had nothing to do with their lack of talent at certain positions. Lots of wide receivers and running backs; weak o-line, quarterbacking and the critical “general manager” position.
    Lets move on to getting this Garrett guy out of there, and moving on to another sycophant.
    Just a question CowboysFan: Don’t you think Garrett might have been sandbagging on the offense just to get Phillips out of there? I bet suddenly we’ll see the Cowboys scoring more points instead of stupid stuff.
    Dallas truly reminds me of the mid 90’s Raiders. Great 40 times, lots of “talent” but players that don’t know how to play football.

  22. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Nov 8, 2010 7:57 PM

    realitypolice says:
    Wade may have been a little slow on the uptake, but your coach is bat-s*** crazy.
    _________________________________
    slow on the uptake? thats like saying he was a little thick around the belly. That guy was a horrible HC. Great DC but a horrible HC. Most of his success came from Parcells..

  23. Dolfan34 says: Nov 8, 2010 7:59 PM

    Basically Wade took a team that Bill Parcells put together and regressed every year. I don’t care they were 11-5 last year and won a playoff game, this team has been on the decline for a while. It’s obvious this team is missing the work ethic, discipline and desire to get to the next level. Is that on the coach or the players? Time will tell.
    Wade will go on to help some team as a defensive co-ordinator. Good co-ordinator, lousy head coach!! Sounds a lot like his Dad.

  24. MrHumble says: Nov 8, 2010 8:00 PM

    “I would also like to thank our coaches and players for their loyalty and dedication.”
    ——————————————-
    What an ass kisser…..it was the players lack of loyalty and dedication that got his ass fired. Wacky Wade leaves the way he came…..a rubber stamp yes sir, no sir, thank you sir 3 bags full. Who would want to hire a spineless person like that…………sorry Jerrah, I forgot that’s a main criteria for your headcoach.

  25. Citizen Strange says: Nov 8, 2010 8:04 PM

    Wade Phillips is and always has been a good, decent man. Best wishes for the future.

  26. Da Bills says: Nov 8, 2010 8:07 PM

    Sign Roy Williams- 13 Million $’s,
    Cutting Flozell Adams- Free,
    Building a stadium for your team to play the superbowl-1 Billion $’s,
    Jerry Jones Looking like the jack*ss he is- Priceless

  27. the Shoeman says: Nov 8, 2010 8:20 PM

    funny Joke of the day ..
    53 Dallas Cowboys walked into a stadium ,
    to play a NFL football game .
    … well ,, you know the rest.

  28. CaveAdsum says: Nov 8, 2010 8:26 PM

    What Dallas needs more than anything else is a savy, football-minded general manager. Oh, wait, Jerry Jones is his very own GM. Well, then, what they need is a hard-ass head coach like Jimmy Johnson, Bill Parcells, Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden. But, wait! Jones’ incessant meddling is why Johnson and Parcells left. Oh, well, that leaves Cowher and Gruden. What’s that? Oh, yeah, neither of these guys is going to coach in Dallas because:
    1. They don’t need the job
    2. They’re never going to tolerate all of Jones’ interference.

  29. novanative says: Nov 8, 2010 8:26 PM

    since when did Raider Fan get a voice on here again? speaking on the Skins with our quarterback trash behind your center. know your place in the league

  30. the Shoeman says: Nov 8, 2010 8:27 PM

    Wade Phillips has to … “happy-as-hell” , to get away from that joke-of-an-organization.
    keep the morons,,that win 1 playoff game in 15 years,
    and fire ,, the classy NFL coach.
    WTF ?
    1 playoff win = $1,000,000,000.00
    53 thugs = Cowboys Team Salaries $ 146,401,600
    pulling another BONER = PRICELESS

  31. CaveAdsum says: Nov 8, 2010 8:28 PM

    The worst thing that ever happened to the ‘Boys is that J. Jones actually played football at the University of Arkansas and thinks he still knows something about the game.

  32. Mike Rendahl says: Nov 8, 2010 8:30 PM

    Wade Phillips is a class act, I can’t stand Jerry Jones. When you announce to the world that you are going to have your 1-7 coach lead the team until the end of the year, then follow through! Then again, your word doesn’t mean anything…

  33. wrath4771 says: Nov 8, 2010 8:37 PM

    Wade Phillips deserved better treatment from the Cowboys than what he got today. First rate organizations don’t let an employee know he was canned through the media; 1-7 organizations do though. The problem with Jerry Jones is he sees the job Jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells did and thinks he can do it to. The two test for Jones is: 1) relinquish GM duties. 2) When next GM turns things around don’t can him because you think you can do it too.

  34. roscoe says: Nov 8, 2010 8:40 PM

    As a Cowboys fan, I can’t help but feel bad for Wade. He will land back on his feet somewhere as a good DC. Classy man who didn’t deserve to put up with Jerry’s sh!t. As a matter of fact, us Cowboys fans shouldn’t have to put up with Jerry’s sh!t.
    Seriously….Jason Garrett?!?!?!!? You fired Wade Phillips for a ginger who takes his offensive playbook from the NES Tecmo Bowl!!!!

  35. daganjasmoke says: Nov 8, 2010 8:46 PM

    “He was a horrible head coach, but I do believe Wade Phillips is a classy guy who sincerely meant what he said. He seems very kind and likable, and those qualities were probably a big part of why he can sleep in for the rest of the season.”
    I would imagine if you’re involved in the NFL for 20+ years it would be kind of hard not to be very good at what you do. The players didn’t give him all they had, we know that’s a fact for any coach… if he is as classy as you say, maybe he’s trying to make the players question whether they were – as a parting gift to whoever succeeds him – but, the underlying message is the same, the players need to grow.

  36. Nate is Gay for Brady says: Nov 8, 2010 8:48 PM

    MORE BRETT FARVE! MORE BRETT FARVE!!
    WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH THIS BLOG TODAY?

  37. Jaxeagle says: Nov 8, 2010 9:13 PM

    Wade Phillips is a good man, other then that I’m at a loss for words.

  38. spudz says: Nov 8, 2010 9:24 PM

    Citizen Strange says:
    November 8, 2010 8:04 PM
    Wade Phillips is and always has been a good, decent man. Best wishes for the future.
    Agree with you completely….

  39. pga5 says: Nov 8, 2010 9:43 PM

    # MrHumble says: November 8, 2010 8:00 PM
    What an ass kisser…..it was the players lack of loyalty and dedication that got his ass fired. Wacky Wade leaves the way he came…..a rubber stamp yes sir, no sir, thank you sir 3 bags full. Who would want to hire a spineless person like that.
    ====================================
    I’d like to see the ex-coach who says in public to his owner/general manager “Thanks, jackas s for giving me the most heartless, gutless bunch of front runners there is in the league. Can’t wait to beat your losers down on the next team I coach”
    While entertaining, there wouldn’t be a next team he coaches. Plus the Al Davis-type owner would look to snatch that $3M for next year he owes them. Jerry Jones is as close to an Al Davis-type owner (when it comes to thinking he can run a team-not anything else) as there is.

  40. Try.TheVeal says: Nov 8, 2010 10:06 PM

    The jackass team , this GM asswipe put together lost him his job…….Have fun Wade collecting millions from the dumbest owner in the NFL…….You deserve it for trying to coach this team they call the Dallas Cowards…….COWARDS……

  41. ST214EVER says: Nov 8, 2010 10:17 PM

    Good Luck Wade. It’s obvious he’s a good guy and a class act. As a Skins fan I always kinda felt sorry for him when the media would start tearing into him. He didn’t deserve all the blame. Hope he lands on his feet in the AFC somewhere he won’t bother us. The Cowboy’s have been over rated for quite some time. The entire team buckled under the self induced pressure from JJ about playing the SB in their stadium. Once the playoffs are truly out of reach, this team will play well. Sorry for your terrible season Cowboy’s fans. I’m not talking to the obnoxious DC area born/bandwagon fans, I’m talking to true Cowboy’s fans from Texas. I’ve met some true CB fans and they’ve always been cool, classy people. To the rest….HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. ThePierce says: Nov 8, 2010 10:36 PM

    Say what you will about Philips, the guy has class…..

  43. Mean D says: Nov 8, 2010 11:14 PM

    Jerry Jones is a turd and the Brokeback Cowboys are the joke of the NFL.

  44. George C. Costanza says: Nov 8, 2010 11:37 PM

    “There’s two kinda coaches. Them that’s fired and them that’s gonna be fired.”
    — O. A. “Bum” Phillips

  45. footballhistorian says: Nov 8, 2010 11:42 PM

    It’s a sad result for a sad situation. Jones put him in a position that was eventually going to fail. Phillips got to start with an improving team that Parcels built, but with Jones calling all the personnel shots, the impending result was all but inevitable.
    Phillips required a strong locker-room leader (like Charles Haley or Michael Irvin) to help with motivation…and didn’t have one. He’s probably culpable for not stepping up and being a strong, vocal leader. But everyone knows that simply wasn’t going to happen with a coach whose nature was to let the owner actively run the show. It wasn’t (ever) in Wade’s persona. But Jones – the overall executive, the one who is supposed to display some vision and the ability to evaluate leaders and place them in positions to succeed; he’s the true failure. I kiddingly say at work that we’re (meaning the Cowboys) on the 10 year plan…figuring that King Jerry won’t be calling the shots in about that many years. In the meantime – we won’t be over .500 for that length of time either.

  46. ravens53 says: Nov 8, 2010 11:46 PM

    Wade will be Cleveland’s D-Coor next year when Rob Ryan leaves to be a Head Coach.

  47. The Black Cat says: Nov 8, 2010 11:48 PM

    Wade,
    We would like to offer our sincere appreciation for your time in Dallas!
    Love,
    The rest of the NFL

  48. classic3283 says: Nov 9, 2010 12:18 AM

    It’s now the 86th time since 1950, that an NFL head coach has been replaced mid-season. Check out the link below for the complete list of interim head coaches since 1950. Funny enough Wade Phillips was actually an interim head coach himself on two occasions. Now he is being replaced by one.
    https://sportsdelve.wordpress.com/2010/11/08/interim-nfl-head-coaches/

  49. Kenneth says: Nov 9, 2010 6:57 AM

    This is the second time a Dallas coach had to find out he was fired from the media. Tom Landry found out he was let go by a Dallas radio station back in 1989. Jerry Jones is a classless azzclown and his team will never win the big one UNTIL he quits trying to be Al Davis and hire a real GM.

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