Here are the positives, as I see them:
- He has only one losing season in his five full seasons as a head coach.
- His overall record as a head coach is 48-42.
- He has extensive background as a defensive position coach and coordinator in the NFL.
- He likes the 3-4 defense, which Parcells had already implemented.
- He is known as a player's coach, which may help him deal with TO.
- He is a Texan, which is a good thing in Jerry Jones' book.
- His dad, Bum Phillips, was a head coach, thus Wade has had lots of learning opportunities.
- He has coached the Chargers defense over the last three seasons very well.
- He's taken over for big time coaches like Parcells before (Levy in Buffalo and Reeves in Denver).
- He is really excited about being the coach of "America's Team."
- He is a defensive coach and the Cowboys, in my opinion, need more help on offense than defense, specifically in grooming Romo and Barber.
- He seems to be a passive guy, which may lead to Jerry Jones having his thumb print on this team a la the Campo-Gailey era.
- He's not Ron Rivera, who is a guy that I like much better (though he isn't as good of a fit...though he could make a great defensive coordinator!).
- He won't be able to mentor Jason Garrett the way that someone like Norv Turner could have.
- He is 0-3 in the playoffs and the 'Boys haven't won a playoff game in some time!
In the end, he may be a good fit but he's not the exciting pick that many of us 'Boys fans were hoping for!
I do hope, however, that Jones signs Rivera as the defensive coordinator. Then after Phillips' contract is up there would be an interesting match-up between Garrett and Rivera for the head coaching job!