Dallas Cowboys Option 4: Wade Phillips
The most popular option in Cowboys Nation to replace Mike Nolan is of course Wade Phillips. Phillips has a relationship with Dallas Cowboys fans and has always been a likeable presence. But as stated earlier, it is unknown if Phillips would even want to come back. He does love coaching and has a long history with the Dallas Cowboys so anything is possible, though.
What we must consider, as Wade stated in his book, he thought Jerry handled things poorly. When Garrett was offered a deal with the Ravens, Jones thought it was important to keep Garrett and pay him more than Wade. Wade took a restructured deal later, but always maintained he didn’t like the way the business was handled in that situation.
Since then, Phillips has said he has a good relationship with the Joneses, but behind closed doors, we really don’t know. Phillips might take the job, or he could decide it’s not for him. Until there is a discussion no one really knows what Wade Phillips wants and/or what he really thinks of the Dallas Cowboys organization.
With all of that said, Phillips has had 20 top-10 defenses under his guidance and that’s considerably more than what anyone else can say.
Should Wade come back, his perfect role as defensive coordinator would be his. He runs a 4-3 defense and has a really strong track record. I am sure names like Dave Campo don’t excite many people, and of the available “free agents” Phillips is certainly one of the top options (unless someone can get Perry Fewell out of NFL HQ or coax Emmitt Thomas one more time).