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Cowboys look to future with Wade Phillips leading the way

Cowboys look to future with Wade Phillips leading the way

Credit: WFAA

Cowboys head coach Wade Phillps smiles during press conference at valley ranch.

by GEORGE RIBA/WFAA-TV

wfaa.com

Posted on January 21, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 12:54 PM

Four days after the Cowboys season ended in Minnesota, Dallas has started to focus on the future. Head coach Wade Phillips believes much of the success of the year came after the players began to trust his leadership.

 "I do believe the players have to respect you and have to trust you and have to believe what you say," Phillips says. "When you get to that point where they do that, I think that's leadership to me."
 
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says the window is open for his team to advance to the Super Bowl in the near future. That's why he wanted to keep Wade Phillips around for another two years. He says his confidence in his team is as high as it's been in long, long time.
 
"Confidence is not the word," Jones says. "I feel good and positive about where we are. I feel good and positive about what we've come to. I feel good and positive that if we do the things that Wade has outlined here, then I feel like we're going to be knocking on the door."
 
The biggest change this past season may have come when Phillips took over as defensive coordinator. Although the teams overall defense standings dropped from 8th last year to 9th this year, the performance of the defense overall seemed more balanced.
 
"To have two shutouts in one season, back to back, shows the potential of this team defensively," Phillips says. "We made some changes last year, we went forward. We will make more changes. We will address the same things and more than we did last year."
 
Dallas will have the 27th overall pick in this year’s draft. It's an uncapped year and that's expected to produce an interesting off season.
 
"We will not assume anything," Jones says. "We will continue to be very aggressive in trying to find talented players that fit us even better than ones we have now, and be very aggressive about that."
 
The Cowboys have gone a franchise-worst 14 seasons without winning or reaching a Super Bowl and Jones would like nothing better than to have the Cowboys become the first host team to play in the Super Bowl next year.

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