Phillips leads NFC after earning deal

Playoff breakthrough raised expectations, but the Cowboys' talent runs deep

Updated: January 31, 2010, 12:43 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

Some say being named to the Pro Bowl isn't a big deal anymore.

Being selected to the All-Pro team is more prestigious, but the nine players who are going to Saturday's Pro Bowl represent progress for the Cowboys.

The two best examples of this progress are first-timers in Wade Phillips, who will coach the NFC team, and wide receiver Miles Austin.

Phillips won his first playoff game in his head coaching career this season, and in the process ended a decade-long playoff drought ...

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