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Wade Phillips: “I still want to coach”

When Wade Phillips was fired as Cowboys coach halfway through this season, it likely ended the last chance he’d ever get at being an NFL head coach. But Phillips still sees himself as, first and foremost, a football coach.

I still want to coach, so we’ll see what happens,” Phillips told Channel 8 in Dallas, which caught up to him while he was watching a high school playoff game.

The 63-year-old Phillips has been in the NFL since joining his dad’s Houston Oilers staff in 1976, but he spent some time coaching high schoolers before that, and if he wants to be a head coach in 2011, maybe he ought to consider high school.

“I love football, I like all kinds of football, but Texas high school football is where I started, so it’s nice to come out to a game,” he said.

Phillips said he watched the Cowboys’ nail-biter Thanksgiving game with the Saints and was sorry to see them lose.

“I’m excited about them,” Phillips said. “I’m disappointed about Thanksgiving but we had some earlier like that, where it felt like we should have won, but we didn’t.”

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32 Responses to “Wade Phillips: “I still want to coach””
  1. steelers6pack says: Nov 29, 2010 2:49 PM

    I think some high school needs a coach Wade.

  2. kevo126 says: Nov 29, 2010 3:00 PM

    i want a million dollars

  3. brintfarvruhsux says: Nov 29, 2010 3:18 PM

    Go eat some KFC instead Wade because you are worthless….Alternatively, call Al Davis…

  4. joetoronto says: Nov 29, 2010 3:27 PM

    There must be a team out there that could use a HC that brings raw energy and a take control mentality.

    Sorry Wade, I wasn’t talking about you.

  5. hobartbaker says: Nov 29, 2010 3:45 PM

    Wade put out some feelers, but neither of the high school teams returned his call.

  6. jhorton83 says: Nov 29, 2010 3:48 PM

    He shouldn’t have a problem finding a defensive coordinator job, but he’s not going to get another chance as head coach. He’s already had 3 opportunities in that role and it’s ended badly each time.

  7. wvuandsteelers says: Nov 29, 2010 4:11 PM

    I agree with jhorton. He should get him a D Coordinator job and maybe retire in a few years.

  8. andyprough says: Nov 29, 2010 4:17 PM

    I’m telling you – the Vikings players are going to LOVE Wade after having to put up with Childress. None of those silly rules or requirements – Wade will just let you be a man

  9. ralphwilsonsucks says: Nov 29, 2010 4:47 PM

    You can come back to Buffalo Wade, Oh that won’t work he tried to sue the owner over money.

  10. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Nov 29, 2010 4:48 PM

    Sorry, Wade, you are a good guy but ebough is enough. Just enjoy your retirement and don’t try to hang on to the past like Lord Favre.

  11. cometkazie says: Nov 29, 2010 5:01 PM

    Curley Hallman tried high school coaching back in Alabama after he was run off from LSU. He gave up after four losing seasons.
    Dallas’ defense hasn’t been that good.

  12. elroyjetsson says: Nov 29, 2010 5:06 PM

    Time to go on “Survivor” , easy money, they only vote off people they see as threats

  13. edgy says: Nov 29, 2010 5:10 PM

    I don’t think that he should ever be a head coach again but teams would be fools not to take a look at him as a defensive coordinator. Hell, LeBeau’s like 125 so there’s still a lot of time left in Phillips. :)

  14. Deb says: Nov 29, 2010 5:15 PM

    You guys are cold.

  15. pooflingingmonkey says: Nov 29, 2010 5:27 PM

    elroyjetsson, +1 and a golf clap to you, Sir.

  16. rickvaldez says: Nov 29, 2010 5:32 PM

    Fire Haslett and bring him to DC to coach the D.

  17. shaggeez says: Nov 29, 2010 5:35 PM

    so because he probably won’t get a head coaching gig at the nfl level, to get a job he would need to go down to high school? maybe next we will see him on that halftime thing they show on tv with the tiny football league or whatever its called

  18. lightninglucci says: Nov 29, 2010 5:47 PM

    Wade was the DC in San Diego before going to Dallas. The Chargers might be in the market for a DC if they lose Rivera after this year.

    I don’t exactly like the idea, as we’d have two softy-player-coaches (Turner and Phillips) running the team, but it sounds like something AJ would do.

  19. bigbluefan1 says: Nov 29, 2010 6:11 PM

    Dallas was the place for that bone head

  20. bigbeefyd says: Nov 29, 2010 6:28 PM

    I kinda miss Wade Phillips. Of course, I’m comparing him to Josh “The most reviled man in Denver” McDaniels….

  21. dirtdawg55 says: Nov 29, 2010 6:52 PM

    Wade wants to coach at 63? Well, good for him. It’s never too late to start a new career.

  22. mikea311 says: Nov 29, 2010 7:33 PM

    and jeff george still wants to play QB

  23. obsession55 says: Nov 29, 2010 8:01 PM

    Come to Indy Wade!! ANYTHING is better than the piece of cow flop we have here…

  24. greg0737 says: Nov 29, 2010 8:24 PM

    I’ve been told you’ll never know if your good at something unless you try.Wade needs to try something else!

  25. montanavike2 says: Nov 29, 2010 8:29 PM

    Maybe he and Matt Millen could team up and really make a team great! C’mon Man!!

  26. bucforever says: Nov 29, 2010 8:36 PM

    How about the “U” ? The Hurricanes may be the place for an old coach to retire in Florida.

  27. Andre's Johnson says: Nov 29, 2010 9:11 PM

    By all means, come coach the Texans’ defense. Seriously. Like right now.

  28. sdboltaction says: Nov 29, 2010 9:43 PM

    It’s okay Wadey Poo, come back to SD as the linebacker coach, we’ll take ya back.

  29. damnskins703 says: Nov 29, 2010 9:47 PM

    I’d rather have wade than weasel him haslett, haslett is a bum never has been good

  30. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Nov 29, 2010 11:59 PM

    Wade wants to coach again – translation – Wade wants to be on the payroll, anybodys payroll…and the free meals that go along with it are not bad either. He has made millions doing a not so average job but he is stil open to collecting the weekly checks. What a guy!!!!!

  31. clint8782 says: Nov 30, 2010 2:52 AM

    Bottom line: Wade Phillips is hard pressed as a head coach…

    Give him the reins as a Defensive Coordinator with a hard nose head coach to follow up, and you have a game changing, winning defense.

    Outside linebackers in the 3-4 have made millions living off of his schemes. Most of you people are ignorant for thinking he has no idea how to coach a defense, or can’t even get a job in the NFL.

  32. kevinfromphilly says: Nov 30, 2010 9:17 AM

    Hey, I’d like to play golf on the PGA tour, but I don’t have the talent.

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