Yeah, Wade Phillips Might Want To Quit Comparing Himself To Tom Landry
Hoo boy. As the old saying by Abe Lincoln goes, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” Apparently, Wade Phillips is not a Civil War buff, because he appeared yesterday on the Bruce Smith radio program on WXTG 102.1 The Game in Virginia Beach and decided it was high time to pat himself on the back for the fantastic job he has done as a head coach in the NFL, even comparing himself to the great Tom Landry in the process.
Via The Dallas Morning News:
Would you take a defensive coordinator or another head coaching position if it became available?
Well, I would. I just think the perception is, once you’re fired that you’re not a very good coach and that’s…it happened to me at Buffalo; we were 29-19 in Buffalo. Once I was fired there, I couldn’t get a head coaching job because they thought I wasn’t a good enough coach. They didn’t look at my record; they just said, “Oh gosh, he’s fired so we got to get somebody else.”
It took me a long time to get another head coaching job and we went 34-22, which is pretty good. I went out with the same winning percentage as Tom Landry, so I don’t feel bad about my head coaching career but I think they’re going to look at me more as a coordinator and that’s fine with me. I just want to coach.
Oh man. First off, Phillips finished his lackluster head coaching stint with the Cowboys with a 36-22 regular season record – not a 34-22 (don’t sell yourself short, Wade!) – for a .621 winning percentage, while Landry finished his Hall of Fame coaching career with a 250-162-6 regular season record, good for a .607 winning percentage, so Phillips can hang his hat on actually finishing with a better regular season record than the great Tom Landry, despite a smaller sample size. However, that would be where the comparisons between the two should abruptly stop. Landry was 20-16 in the playoffs and Phillips was a measly 1-2 in four seasons. Landry also has two Super Bowl victories and won the NFC Championship five times, accomplishments which Phillips has never even sniffed during his head coaching career.
So, Wade Phillips can keep talking about how much he was like Tom Landry until he’s blue in the face, but it won’t make one lick of difference. Phillips fails the smell test at nearly every step in the process. Maybe if he had worn an iconic hat like Landry or something, that might have helped, but I doubt it.
Wade Phillips: ‘I went out with the same winning percentage as Tom Landry’ [The Dallas Morning News]