ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9: Head coach Wade Phillips of the Dallas Cowboys walks off the field after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 34-14 during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Weeks of speculation over Wade Phillips' future with the Dallas Cowboys may be at an end. ESPN's Ed Werder has reported that owner Jerry Jones told Phillips he'd be back for the 2010 season during their meeting this morning, according to an unnamed source close to the situation.
There has been no word as of yet if the agreement will involve negotiating an extension for Phillips, or merely the Cowboys picking up Phillips' option. The option, part of Phillips' initial contract, will be worth $3 million for the 2010 season, under the current terms. The team has not yet scheduled an official announcement concerning Phillips' future.
Phillips has won two NFC East titles in three years with the team, and won his first playoff game--and the franchise's first in 13 years--two weeks ago against Philadelphia, in the wild card round. An unnamed Cowboys spokesman said that Phillips will not address the media on Monday.
From where we're standing, the development comes as no big shock. Over the past few weeks, Jones has given succinct votes of confidence as to Wade's future, and the three-game winning streak to end the regular season and the first round playoff win over the Eagles gave most the impression that the head coach's return was a forgone conclusion.