Wade Phillips doesn't want to get back at the Cowboys, but he wants to beat them

Gary Klein

Coaching in the NFL for 40 seasons taught Wade Phillips a few lessons.

One of them: Don’t hold grudges against teams that fired you.

Phillips was a head coach or assistant for nine NFL teams before he joined the Rams’ staff.

“Half the teams in the league, it didn’t end well for me,” the Rams’ defensive coordinator deadpanned Thursday. “If I had a vendetta against … any team that fired me, I’d have a quarter of the league. ... Those things happen.

When my children were younger, I remember looking forward to the time that they’d be old enough to sit up, order, and eat all on their own. Now that they can…I’m not so sure.

“Part of coaching is getting fired.”

On Sunday, Phillips will coach in Dallas for the first time since Cowboys owner Jerry Jones fired him in November 2010.

Phillips posted a 34-22 record in three-plus seasons with the Cowboys, but he was fired in midseason when the Cowboys were 1-7.

Phillips was replaced by Jason Garrett, who is still the Cowboys coach.

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