Jerry Jones Says Wade Phillips Will Return as Cowboys Coach in '09

NFLGridironGabSenior Analyst IDecember 26, 2008

For those who wanted the Cowboys to be on the lookout for a new coach in 2009—think again.  Jerry Jones has come out and stated that the Cowboys will not have a new head coach in 2009. Wade Phillips will be back for this third season as the head man for the league's most disruptive team.

“The coaches are in place. I’ve said that. How can I be any clearer?” Jones said. “Look, I’ve said that our coaching staff, as far as I’m concerned, is in place. I just want to make the statement rather than answer questions, because your questions imply certain things that I don’t want to imply.

"I’m saying that when I look at where we are coaching staff-wise and when I look at where we are personnel-wise, I see a team that is in place to compete for several years.”

Phillips did lead the team to an NFC East title and a 13-3 mark last year before losing to the Giants in the divisional round at home.  This season has been much tougher, as the team was without leader Tony Romo, who had a fractured pinkey.  The team is 9-6 and needs to win on Sunday in Philly to make a trip to the postseason as a wild card.

Jones says that even if the Cowboys lose and don’t make the playoffs, Phillips is safe as the team's head coach.

“Look, can y’all not understand statements?” Jones said. “What the (expletive) is going on here? Really. I really don’t understand what is going on. The coaching staff is in place. The coaching staff is in place. The building is here. You want to ask the question, what if it blows down?”