MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 17: Wade Phillps, Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys, looks on while playing against the Minnesota Vikings aduring the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Cowboys 34-3. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Under the new Pro Bowl protocol, designed to inspire a bit more interest in the NFL version of an all-star game, Wade Phillips, as the coach with the best record not to advance to the conference championship, will coach the NFC in the game scheduled for next weekend.
Phillips, a defensive mind, will coach against an offensive-guru familiar to Dallas fans in Norv Turner, in a game that is tilted toward high-scoring and not so much hitting; this meaning that the newly extended Phillips won't have his hands too full with game-planning for the best the AFC has to offer.
Speaking to the media recently, the old ball-coach sounded a little less than stressed.
"You can only play two coverages and you can only line up in one thing--4-3," Phillips said. "It's an offensive game."
Of course, that doesn't mean that the experience is a wash for Phillips and his staff, who see the game as a sort of indirect scouting opportunity.
"It gives our coaches an idea what a Pro Bowl player is like when you are drafting and looking at potential players," Phillips said. "It helps. When Cortez Kennedy, way back, and Ted Washington were there as a nose guards you saw what a nose guard looks like. In fact Ted Washington was with San Francisco and we ended up getting him Denver and I ended up taking him to Buffalo."