Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was unequivocal in his evaluation of Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams: defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was the difference in the game.
“I want to give Wade Phillips his due,” Jones said according to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “They came back in and made adjustments. We know they have good players. They drafted high, and they drafted well. Against a lesser crew, we could have come back better or we could have shut the door on them in the half there. This is a big win for the Los Angeles Rams. It’s a hurtful loss for us.”
Oddly, Phillips was once the head coach for the Cowboys but was pushed out in favor of Jason Garrett, who was then the offensive coordinator. Phillips talked about that situation and his relationship with Garrett in a book he released this offseason.
Phillips admitted that firing was tough to swallow but insisted he understood it was part of the business and shows no ill will towards Garrett, Jones and the Cowboys. That being said, getting the best of them in a big game between a couple of 2-1 teams has to feel especially good considering those circumstances.
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