Wade Phillips says Jerry Jones was “good to me”

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Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will face the Cowboys for the first time since Jerry Jones fired him midway through the 2010 season.

“The good thing about Texas is there’s no taxes,” Phillips said, via Alden Gonzalez of ESPN. “But they still charge you that California tax when you go to Texas, so I don’t understand that deal. That’s another story. Yeah, we spent some good years there. I enjoyed being there, worked hard for three and a half years there, and it was a big part of my life at the time. It still is. I have fond memories.”

Jones hired Phillips as head coach in 2007 after hiring Jason Garrett as an assistant coach. Phillips went 34-22 in Dallas, twice leading the Cowboys to the playoffs, and earning a contract extension after the 2009 season. But Jones fired Phillips and replaced him with Garrett after the team’s 1-7 start in 2010.

Phillips detailed his time in Dallas in his book, “Son of Bum: Lessons My Dad Taught Me About Football And Life,” and insists Jones was “good to me.”

“Most of the teams in the league, it didn’t end well with me,” Phillips said. “If I had a vendetta against any team that fired me, I’d have about a quarter of the league.”

Phillips was a head coach or interim head coach for six teams in his career. He got his start in the NFL in 1976, coaching the linebackers for his father, Bum Phillips, with the Houston Oilers.

6 responses to “Wade Phillips says Jerry Jones was “good to me”

  1. Wade Phillips seems like a really kind guy – I don’t recall him ever saying a bad word (at least in public) about anyone else in the NFL.

    So the fact that Wade is continuing this policy with Jerry Jones doesn’t make Jones any less of a creep.

  2. I loved “Uncle Wade”! When the D just flat out quit on him that year, I wish he had kicked their butts into oblivion. No Head Coach should have had to endure what Wade did, having Garrett hired as OC, before he was even hired as HC!! Jerry made a huge mistake on that one, in addition to the subsequent hiring of Jason Garrett!!!! only my opinion…

  3. “Most of the teams in the league, it didn’t end well with me,” Phillips said. “If I had a vendetta against any team that fired me, I’d have about a quarter of the league.”

    Sounds like he does have a vendetta…

  4. The man has enough money to just retire and live life in paradise for the rest of his life. He just turned 70 years old. Wade does not care about money. Football is his life and he adores this game. It’s his passion. No one can take that away from him.

  5. You never hear any former players or coaches speak badly of Jerry
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    I thought Jimmy Johnson coached the Cowboys? I must be mistaken because Johnson has absolutely said some unflattering things about Jones in the past.

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