The Cowboys announced a well-anticipated new contract for head coach Wade Phillips today that runs through the 2011 season.
Phillips’ deal ended after this season but contained a team option for next season. Owner Jerry Jones assured Phillips that he has a contract for the next two seasons.
“I’m encouraged by the progress that we made this year, but in no way are we satisfied,” Jones said. “This contract represents that. Two years in the NFL is an eternity, but it has to be urgent.”
The deal originally was announced on the team’s Website that it ran through ‘’12, but a last-minute change shortened it by a year.
It is significant for a few reasons. Phillips will not enter next season as a lame-duck head coach, and it for now assures that he will be paid a year from now if the owners decide to lock out the players if no new Collective Bargaining Agreement is reached.
Phillips has a 33-15 record over his three seasons in Dallas, winning two NFC East titles. This season, Phillips was the defensive coordinator, too, overseeing a top-10 unit that played some of its best ball down the stretch prior to the team’s 34-3 loss to the Vikings in the divisional playoffs.
The playoff win over the Eagles was the team’s first since 1996 and it was Phillips’ first postseason victory as a head coach.
This will be the first time Phillips has made it to a fourth season with a team as a head coach. He was fired after two seasons with the Broncos, compiling a 16-16 record before the team hired Mike Shanahan. He lasted three seasons in Buffalo but was fired despite a 29-19 mark.