In the days since an ugly loss to the Chicago Bears at home, the rumor’s concerning Head Coach Wade Phillips’ job security have been flying. One particularly popular theory says that Phillips’ fate rests on Sunday’s match-up with the Texans in Houston. Should Dallas drop that game, certainly conceivable enough against a tough, 2-0 Texans team, they would head into the bye week at 0-3, with playoff hopes in serious doubt.
Apparently, though, rumors is all that they are. Our own Newy Scruggs, in his other gig as radio host for 105.3 FM The Fan, interviewed Jerry Jones today, and the owner reaffirmed his confidence in Phillips and the rest of the staff. Following is an excerpt from the exchange:
Newy: “Is Wade Phillips coaching for his job? Is he in danger of losing his job? Have you lost any confidence in your head coach?”
Jerry: “No, thank you for giving me the three questions where I can just give you a very affirmative no,” Jones said.
Newy: “So why do you think there are so many rumors and reports where people say “Jerry Jones wants to play at Cowboys Stadium in the Super Bowl so bad, he may do something drastic and he may remove Wade Phillips”--even though you’ve come and told me on this show before you think Wade’s a Super Bowl coach, you believe in Wade--but these things keep coming up?”
Jerry: “Well I do believe in Wade, and the staff and the players. The thing about it is, when you have that kind of commitment, one of the number one things you have it for is those situations or those people are supposed to really be there at hard times. That’s when you’ve got to make your best grades if you’re deserving of a commitment. We’re in hard times and that’s why I’m glad I’m in the saddle with Wade and this staff and this team.”
Well, there you have it. Sorry Wade-haters, but it looks as though Big Wade is going to hang around a while.