Texans assistant Wade Phillips will walk into AT&T Stadium tonight as one of the best defensive coordinators in the game.
And even though he was fired as the Cowboys head coach in 2010, he said he had no regrets about the time he spent working for owner Jerry Jones.
“Whatever’s happened, happened,” Phillips said, via Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com. “And you learn from the past, but you go forward in the future with a great attitude. That’s part of life. That’s what you do. That’s what you teach players to do and that’s what I believe in. I enjoyed every day, . . . Jerry Jones was a great owner for me and did all the things that I asked him to do, so I don’t have any regrets.
“Sure, we would’ve liked to have won it all. That would’ve been better, but I know I did the best I could while I was there, and I don’t look back and say, “What if this would’ve happened?’ or ‘What if that would’ve happened?’”
Of course, things were going pretty well.
The Cowboys won a pair of division titles under Phillips, and won their first playoff game since 1996 under his leadership. Even with a 1-7 start in 2010 which saw him canned in midseason, his 34-22 record gives him the second-best winning percentage in Cowboys history (behind Barry Switzer, ahead of some guy named Tom Landry).
Phillips is often cast as a coach who’s better as a coordinator than the boss, but the before and after points to the fact that the Cowboys aren’t necessarily better without him.