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Phillips Likely Hanging Around

While Jerry Jones has not made it official, it looks like Wade Phillips will be back on the sidelines as the Cowboys head coach again next season.  Jerry Jones refused to make it official until after the season due to superstition and not wanting to drag the business side of things into the Dallas playoff run.  That run was ended in a stunning 34-3 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. 

Since then, all eyes are on the owner and picking up the team option on Phillips’ contract.  A huge sign that Phillips will be returning is that the Cowboys hired former linebackers coach Paul Pasqualoni.  Pasqualoni was a hold over from the Parcells era and left for two seasons to be the defensive coordinator with the Miami Dolphins when Tony Sporano became the head coach. 

The Dolphins fired Pasqualoni last week and he was immediately signed back to the Cowboys to replace defensive line coach Todd Grantham, who is leaving to become the defensive coordinator for the University of Georgia.

The move suggests that the Cowboys are going to keep things status quo with their head coach, as normally a new coach would want to pick his staff.  The deal is expected to be made official some time this week.

While many fans were screaming for Phillips’ job at the end of last season, he was able to direct the Cowboys to a division title and their first playoff win in 13 years.  Phillips owns a 33-15 record (.681), 2 division titles, and a playoff win in his three years with the Cowboys.  He has amassed the best winning percentage, of coaches with at least 3 years with the Cowboys, in team history.

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