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If history tells us anything about NFL head coaches, its that defensive coordinators who become head coaches have limited success (with the exception of Bill Belichick).
The mastermind of the 46 defense Buddy Ryan, did not make a Super Bowl appearance as a head coach with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Pittsburgh Steelers current defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau posted a dismal record of 12-33 as a head coach with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2000 through 2002. Lovie Smith made one Super Bowl appearance with the Chicago Bears back in 2006, but has only made one other playoff appearance. John Fox of the Carolina Panthers, and Jack Del Rio of the Jacksonville Jaguars have only one Super Bowl appearance and five playoff appearances in 15 total years as head coach between the two of them.
Now is it just me, or does this guy always have a look of confusion on his face?
Wade Phillips has been a head coach in the NFL for 8 full seasons prior to 2010. And has a winning percentage of almost 60%. His father (Bum Phillips) was a great NFL Head Coach, reviving the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints franchises back in the 1970s and 80s. But as most people say, "like father like son", and Wade has yet to make a Super Bowl appearance as a head coach.
His playoff record speaks for itself when he has a record of 1-5, and win number one coming this past season, but then getting embarrassed by the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round 34-3 doesn't make it a successful season in Dallas. In Denver he had future Hall of Famer John Elway for two years as head coach and got thrashed by the then Los Angeles Raiders 42-24 in 1993. In 1994 Denver was fighting for a playoff spot with a record of 7-6, but lost their final three games, to finish 7-9. After the season Wade was gone, and 3 years later Denver went on to win back-to-back Super Bowls in 1997 and 1998.
In Buffalo, Wade had more regular season success but failed to make it past the wild-card round each of his first two years. He also made one of the worst decisions in Bills' history in the 1999 wild-card round against the Tennessee Titans when he benched fan favorite Doug Flutie in favor of one-hit wonder Rob Johnson to start the game. "The Music City Miracle" propelled the Titans with momentum and a birth in Super Bowl XXXIV.
History would once again repeat itself when the Cowboys posted a 13-3 record and the NFC's number one seed in 2007. Not to mention it was Wade's first year in Dallas, but who are we kidding, this is Wade Phillips. His playoff ineptitude has overshadowed that of Norv Turner and Marty Schottenheimer. Thus the Cowboys would lose to the New York Football Giants, who then went on to win Super Bowl XLII in dramatic fashion.
So with that being said, I expect Wade to be gone after this season. And if the Dallas Cowboys want to get back to their real history and tradition, they need to hire a coach who knows how to win when it matters the most.