The Dallas Cowboys on Monday fired head coach Wade Phillips after two consecutive embarrassing losses wrapped up a 1-7 start. Phillips ends his Cowboys career with a 34-22 overall record and two playoff appearances in his first three seasons.
Most of you are aware that Phillips, once upon a time, was head coach of the Buffalo Bills. His tenure did not end overly amicably, with Phillips getting fired after a 2000 season when he finished 8-8 but bit the bullet when Phillips refused to make changes to his coaching staff as mandated by team owner Ralph Wilson. In fact, upon his dismissal, Phillips sued Wilson for money he felt was contractually obliged to him.
Perhaps that bit of history would preclude the 63-year-old Phillips from ever coming back to this organization. I bring this up for one reason: Phillips has direct ties to this organization, has a fantastic reputation as a defensive coordinator, and happens to run the 3-4 scheme that George Edwards - who is not a very popular man in Buffalo, and particularly in these parts - is trying to implement. Naturally, this calls for a poll.