Rams Phillips back in Dallas to face former team

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Wade Phillips leads his Los Angeles Rams defense into Dallas for a Week 4 showdown against his former employer, Jerry Jones and the Cowboys.

Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is back in Dallas to face a former employer in Jerry Jones and the coach who replaced him in Jason Garrett.

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Phillips served as the Cowboys head coach from 2007 until being fired midway through the 2010 season when Dallas started 1-7. Garrett, a Jones favorite I might add, would succeed him and remains as head coach today.

“Yeah, we spent some good years there. I enjoyed being there, worked hard for three and a half years there, and it was a big part of my life at the time. It still is. I have fond memories,” Phillips would share with ESPN.

Phillips would lead the Cowboys to two playoff appearances, even earning an extension from Jones in 2009. He’d talk about his days in Dallas in his book, “Son of Bum: Lessons My Dad Taught Me About Football And Life.”

The Rams defensive coordinator had a record of 34-22 with the Cowboys before his dismissal in 2010. Phillips has served as a head coach in six NFL cities, having gotten his start as a linebackers coach for his father, Bum Phillips in 1976 who was then the head coach of the Houston Oilers.

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Los Angeles is 2-1 as they hit the quarter pole of the NFL season. After a win at San Francisco in Week 3, Phillips has his defense struggling while the offense is soaring, something that has caught fans and NFL watchers by surprise.

For the Rams to have any shot tomorrow in Dallas, the defense will have to kick in and stop a good Cowboys offense.