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Phillips big reason for success of Cowboys

Staff Report
The Associated Press

IRVING, Texas (AP) - It seems the soft approach of Dallas coach Wade Phillips is what the Cowboys needed after four years with Bill Parcells.

Phillips has taken the lineup Parcells took to a 9-7 wild card finish last season and won the top seed in the NFC playoffs with a 13-3 record.

That ties the franchise-best mark set by then-coach Jimmy Johnson's first Super Bowl team.

Thanks to a bye this weekend, the Cowboys are into the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1996.

They're two home wins from reaching the Super Bowl.

Quarterback Tony Romo says the Cowboys wouldn't have accomplished it without Phillips.

Parcells and Johnson got the most out of players by threatening their jobs and challenging their manhood Phillips puts guys at ease, often with humor.

Wade Phillips had been in the league 30 years and earned the reputation as a great coordinator whose aw-shucks style didn't work in the top job.

He'd never had a losing record in five seasons as a head coach in Denver and Buffalo, but Phillips also had never won a playoff game, going 0-3.
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