IRVING -- The Dallas Cowboys aren't changing coaches. Instead, coach Wade Phillips plans to change.
After seeing Super Bowl hopes fizzle into a 9-7 season that
wasn't good enough to make the playoffs, team owner Jerry Jones has
vowed to bring back Phillips, and Phillips today vowed to do things
Phillips says he and Jones already "talked man to man" about
what went wrong and what needs to be done about it. All he's
decided so far is that he needs a plan; he's only started putting
it together. However, he said both coordinators will be back and he
expects all the star players to return.
Considering his laid-back demeanor and reputation as a players'
coach, Phillips seems to be saying he plans to get tough. However,
he'll be 62 when training camp starts and going into his 33rd
season in the NFL, so it remains to be seen whether someone so
established can become a different kind of leader.
He says -- quote -- "My personality is not going to change so
much as what you ask players to do."