Former Cowboys HC Wade Phillips on Jason Garrett: 'He's a better head coach than I was'

Former Cowboys HC Wade Phillips on Jason Garrett: 'He's a better head coach than I was'

Wade Phillips showed more grace Wednesday than a lot of people would have.

Phillips’ Rams will take on a Cowboys organization that fired him as head coach in 2010. Dallas is coached by Jason Garrett, who owner Jerry Jones replaced Phillips with in November 2010.

Phillips, however, doesn’t appear to be holding any grudges.

“Jason Garrett has done a tremendous job there,” Phillips said, via the Dallas Morning News. “He’s a better head coach than I was, and done better.”

Phillips was fired after the Cowboys started the 2010 season 1-7. But the team had a winning record in each of his first three seasons in Dallas and won the NFC East twice.

Garrett took over as the interim coach and has been at the helm of the Cowboys since. He has amassed a .566 winning percentage in 8 1/2 seasons. Phillips won more than 60 percent of his games in Dallas.

Phillips said Jones still sends his family a Christmas present every year and when his father, Oail Andrew “Bum” Phillips died in 2013, Jones flew Wade’s son and family to the funeral and paid for their meals.

“I’ll never be able to repay him for that,” Phillips said. “I’ll always appreciate that.”

Phillips has since moved on to be one of the best defensive coordinators in the NFL. He helped lead a Texans team that ranked 30th in the NFL in total yards allowed in 2010 to the second-fewest allowed in 2011.

He was the coordinator for one of the best defenses in NFL history in Denver, which carried the Broncos to the Super Bowl in 2016, and he’s currently leading a Rams squad which has gone 24-8 over the last two years. Los Angeles also had the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2017 in Aaron Donald.

The Rams and Cowboys face off Saturday at 8:15 p.m. ET in the LA Memorial Coliseum.