Wes Phillips says his dad is dejected


IRVING -- When Cowboys coach Wade Phillips was fired on Monday afternoon, it left a major impact with several players.

After Phillips addressed the team a final time, the players gave him a standing ovation. One person who was pretty caught up in the moments was Phillips' son, Wes, the Cowboys' quality control/offensive assistant.

Wes Phillips said his father didn't prepare him for what was about to happen, but with the team struggling with a 1-7 start, he prepared himself for a possible firing.

"It's tough to see your father get fired no matter whatever anybody else wants to say," said Wes Phillips, who thinks his dad will continue coaching. "At the same time you know it going into this business, particularly when you accept a head coaching job. If things don’t go well you will be the one to take the fall. I’ve been around it before, he’s been fired before obviously I haven’t been on that staff at the time, so that’s been an adjustment. But we’re ready to go forward."

The father and son enjoyed professional and personal success together. Since he's been on the staff, Wes Phillips got married and had a child, Wade Phillips' first grandson.

However, the NFL is a business and sometimes it doesn't have a place for feelings.

"He's doing good as can be," Wes Phillips said. "I'm sure he’s a little dejected and a little upset we didn't do better. First and foremost, he’s always been a guy to say, 'Hey I didn’t prepare them well enough and I didn’t get them to play.' ''

There were several Cowboys players who were considered "Wade" guys such as Keith Brooking and Igor Olshansky who played for Phillips in previous stops.

Phillips' first draft choice was outside linebacker Anthony Spencer and his defensive scheme, was more aggressive which led to several defensive players to grow fond of him.

"I'm a Wade Phillips guy," Brooking said. "Yeah, I'm disappointed he didn’t finish the job he set forth in the beginning. This league is about change and if you're not getting the job done as I said it before, this is a performance based business if you're not performing, at a [high] level, coaching [and] playing someone will replace you."