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2/8/07-Irving, TX

Wade Phillips To Replace Parcells In Dallas

The Dallas Cowboys today named Texas native Wade Phillips as their new coach, replacing Bill Parcells who retired on January 22nd.  

"It's great to have these cowboy boots back in Texas," said Phillips who was born in Orange, and played high school and college football in Texas.

"I can't think of any person that has a greater understanding and appreciation for what football means in the state of Texas," said Jones about Phillips.

Wade is the son of long-time Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips, who attended today's announcement.  

When asked about his dad's comment that the Cowboys may be America's team but the Oilers were Texas' team, Wade said with a chuckle, "I'll let him address that now, but I think he's more for the Cowboys now then the Oilers.  And, I'm not going to be held accountable for things he said."

Wade Phillips spent the last three seasons as San Diego's defensive coordinator.

"We'd like to congratulate Wade Phillips on being named head coach of the Dallas Cowboys," said Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer.  "He's done an outstanding job as the Chargers' defensive coordinator over the past three seasons. Under his guidance, our defense has established itself as one of the best units in the NFL. Wade's ability to organize and teach will provide the Cowboys with success in the near future."

The 59-year-old is a former NFL head coach who's been in the league 30 of the last 31 years, 24 of those years as a head coach or defensive coordinator.

"Which means he has made the direct decisions that have impacted the outcome of games," said Jones, "in over 400 games in the NFL."

Perhaps the most telling statistic that Jerry Jones uncovered in his extensive research of Phillips, is Wade's ability to make an immediate impact on a team.

"The last six times that Wade Phillips has taken over as head coach or defensive coordinator," said Jones, "the team has reached the playoffs within the first year."

Phillips credits that statistic to his ability to implement changes in coaching style and philosophy quickly, where players don't make mistakes.  And Phillips says, change should be expected.  While keeping the 3-4 defensive personnel in place, Phillips says his style of the defense is unique.  Phillips recognizes that he was hired for his extensive defensive knowledge, but he was quick to point out that four of the five years he was head coach, his team sported an offense ranked in the top ten in the league.  

"It's a very big job to come in here," Phillips said, "but I feel I'm ready for it.  I'm going to try to carry the torch for us.  Actually, I'm going to carry that star for us." 

"We needed to get it right," Jones said about the coaching search. "In my mind, we've gotten it right."

"Did you ever read about a frog that dreamed about being a king and then became one," Phillips said?  "Well, I was a high school coach here in Texas and now I'm the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, so my story is the same one."

Phillips joins Tom Landry and Jimmy Johnson as the only Texas natives to be in charge of "America's Team."

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