Cowboys' D happy to have Phillips 

February, 8, 2007
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Jerry Jones may not know how welcome the Cowboys defenders will be to having Wade Phillips as their coach. Quietly, they had been grumbling toward the end of the season about the Cowboys' 3-4 scheme. There was not enough blitzing and there was too much two-gapping in which a defensive line has to basically wrestle with a blocker instead of shooting a gap and going up field. Phillips' 3-4 scheme features more slanting and one-gapping. Plus, it has more blitzing. The happiest people will be along the defensive line because they will be able to be more aggressive and possibly post some decent statistics.

"Those guys are going to love his system," Chargers defensive end Luis Castillo said. "They've been in a straight-forward 3-4 defense where they were two-gapping. They're going to do a lot more moving, a lot more blitzing. They're going to have opportunities to make plays."

All in the family? Maybe I'm crazy, but it would be fitting for Phillips to bring in his son, Wes, to be an offensive coach on the staff. Wade's father, Bum, did it and look how well that turned out. Plus, Wes is reportedly a pretty good college coach. Phillips talks about his coaching jobs as being part of a family. The Phillips family has produced some pretty good coaches.


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