Wade Phillips‘ status as the Cowboys’ coach seems to be an ever-going debate in the Dallas media. Now comes a report from The Dallas Morning News that Phillips is entering the final year of a three-year contract without any talk of an extension between himself and the team:
- Gary O’Hagan, Phillips’ agent, said Thursday the club has not opened any discussions. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones does not comment regarding coaches contracts.
- Phillips’ contract status came into focus this week when he said at the NFL owners’ meetings that it normally takes four years to determine how good a coach is.
- “It takes about four years to get a championship-type team put together,” Phillips said. “We were expected, because of Dallas, to do it in one, maybe two years, and we haven’t done that. I’m disappointed we haven’t, but I think we will.”
At least Phillips has a good handle on the pressures in Dallas. If the Cowboys don’t make a run at a championship in 2009, expect even more speculation about Phillips, who is 22-10 in two years as the team’s coach and lost his only playoff game.