Dallas Cowboys: Former Coach Jimmy Johnson Weighs in on Wade Phillips Future

Chad HensleyCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2008

Former Dallas Cowboys' head coach Jimmy Johnson believes that Wade Phillips will not be fired at the end of the season—even if the Cowboys miss the playoffs.

On the Dan Patrick Radio Show, Johnson said he believes owner Jerry Jones is happy with Wade and the job he has done with the defense recently.

I wrote earlier this week about the difference Phillips has made since taking over.

Johnson also mentioned that he gave leeway to his star players when he was a coach and much less to his backups. 

He went on to point out that he understood why New York Giants' Coach Tom Coughlin gave embattled star Plaxico Burress so many breaks.

Johnson points out that the Giants' offense has been woeful without Burress because teams can play "eight-men fronts" and "not have to double wide receivers," which impedes their vaunted running game.

I questioned this week who Eli Manning misses more—Brandon Jacobs or Burress?

It looks like Jimmy might be leaning towards Burress.