NFL notes: Dallas hires Phillips

first_imgPhillips joins Tom Landry and Jimmy Johnson as the only Texas natives to be in charge of “America’s Team.” “It’s great to have these cowboys boots back in Texas,” Phillips said during his introductory news conference in Irving, Texas. “I’m excited about it.” Wade Phillips was hired Thursday to coach the Dallas Cowboys, providing the club with an experienced replacement for Bill Parcells and someone well-versed in the 3-4 defense. Phillips, defensive coordinator at San Diego the past three seasons, has a 48-42 head coaching record over three seasons with Buffalo, two with Denver and season-ending interim stints with New Orleans and Atlanta. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Cowboys owner Jerry Jones interviewed 10 candidates before choosing the defensive-minded Phillips over supposed favorite Norv Turner, a two-time head coach who was the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator for Super Bowl titles after the 1992 and 1993 seasons. Tank pleads guilty: Chicago Bears defensive lineman Terry “Tank” Johnson pleaded guilty in Skokie, Ill., to violating probation in a 2005 gun case. Cook County Judge John Moran denied a request to lift the player’s home confinement, but said Johnson could leave his house to attend practices. Moran delayed sentencing until March 15 so that a presentencing investigation can be done. Coaching carousel: NFC champion Chicago shook up its coaching staff, releasing defensive line coach Don Johnson, who spent two seasons with the Bears after five years as an assistant at UCLA. The Bears also said assistant offensive line coach Harold Goodwin won’t return and offensive quality control coach Mike Bajakian accepted the offensive coordinator job at Central Michigan. … Leslie Frazier became the first assistant to leave Super Bowl champion Indianapolis after he accepted the job as defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings. Reid’s son tests positive for heroin: Garrett Reid, the 23-year-old son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, tested positive for heroin after he caused a traffic accident last week that left another motorist injured, police said in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. last_img

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