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Tampa Bay to Interview Two Former Dallas Cowboys’ Coaches – a Fan’s Take
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are searching for their next head coach and there is a chance it could end up being a former Dallas Cowboys' coach. Both Wade Phillips and Mike Zimmer are scheduled to talk to the Buccaneers about the job.
Phillips was the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys' from 2007-2010. In his time as head coach of the Cowboys, he led Dallas to a 34-22 record, including a 13-2 and 11-5 finish, the two best seasons in Dallas since they won the Super Bowl in 1995. The 13 wins under Phillips in 2007 was the best since the 1992 season.
Since leaving Dallas, Phillips has served as defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans and helped them improve from 30th in the NFL in total defense to the No. 2 defense of 2011, behind only the Pittsburgh Steelers. His defense also helped shut down the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, helping Houston win their first playoff game.
It was the Houston Chronicle that broke the news that the Texans have given Phillips permission to talk to Tampa Bay.
Over his NFL career, Phillips also head coached the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons. He has served as a coordinator at the Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Broncos, Bills, Falcons and San Diego Chargers.
ESPN reports that Tampa Bay will also talk to former Dallas Cowboys' defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer as well. Zimmer is the current defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals, and since they lost to Houston, he can interview anywhere he chooses.
Zimmer served as the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator from 2000-2006. He coached for the Cowboys since 1994, when he took the job under Barry Switzer. Zimmer coached under Switzer, Chan Gailey, Dave Campo and Bill Parcells. In 2003, the Cowboys gave up the least yards of any team in the NFL.
Zimmer left Dallas to join Bobby Petrino's staff in Atlanta and then left the next season for Cincinnati.
Author Shawn S. Lealos has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma (2000) and has been a Dallas Cowboys' fan since he was a child. His favorite players range from Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett to the Triplets of the 90s and he enjoys talking about all Cowboys' related news, good or bad
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