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Tomlinson Holds Phillips In High Regard

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Tomlinson Holds Phillips In High Regard

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SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17: Running back LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the San Diego Chargers warms up on the field prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New York Jets at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Former TCU star, Rosebud, Texas-native and New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson appeared on ESPN Radio 103.3's Ben & Skin Show  today to discuss any number of topics, not the least intriguing of which was his thoughts on Cowboys' head coach Wade Phillips. The two worked together, in an indirect sense, in San Diego, where Phillips was the defensive coordinator from 2004 to 2006.

Indiscriminately, Tomlinson had high praise for the old ballcoach.

"I'll tell you what--behind the scenes, Wade is very passionate," Tomlinson said. "[He] really understands the game of football, really understands how to game plan and how to attack people. If you look at his time in San Diego...look at the numbers and how good we were with Wade's defense. I mean, our defense was really good--we had the most sacks while Wade was there."

Tomlinson believes that Phillips, who has been the object of some rampant criticism over his three seasons in Dallas, has been judged unfairly in some cases--and challenges those detractors to take a look at his track record.  

"So he understands how to play football," Tomlinson said, "and I think sometimes people rush to judge Wade because maybe they don't see the right type of look from him sometimes in certain situations. But that has nothing to do with how Wade is as a football coach.

"He is an excellent football coach."

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