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Wade Phillips learned from his mistakes

Updated: October 2, 2009, 1:21 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

Wade Phillips' tenure as the Denver Broncos' head coach didn't last long, but he learned some valuable lessons during those two seasons.

The educational experience began with a basic business gaffe. After 17 seasons as an NFL assistant, Phillips was so eager to become a head coach that he accepted owner Pat Bowlen's offer without negotiating or even reviewing the deal's details. He realized that wasn't a wise move when he asked a Broncos staffer how much extra income he'd make from his ...

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