PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 08: Head coach Wade Phillips of the Dallas Cowboys late in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Cowboys won 20-16. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Four weeks ago, this question would have induced audible scoffs, if not incredulous anger across the greater DFW area, but then, this is a new day; after dropping to 2-2, and having the masses call for his job with all the fervor possible in early October, Wade Phillips has the Cowboys at 6-2, in sole possession of the NFC East lead after a Sunday night victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia.
Considering that the defense, and the team as a whole, have stepped up of recent, Phillips must get some (fairly hefty) share of the credit. Yet, few are singing the praises of the coach once known pejoratively as "Cupcake."
So, is it possible that Phillips is underrated?
Jagger, on 105.3 The Fan posed this question to Jerry Jones this morning; Jerry, to his credit, has been Phillips' most stalwart supporter through the team's unsettling start to the season, making his response a reasonably predictable one.
In his response, Jones spoke of redemption and the beauty of sports without really answering the question; however, it's not difficult to surmise his stance on his ball coach. It is, as always, one of vague assertions of belief in Phillips.