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News » Calling his own shots Phillips' role as playcaller not unique among head coaches


Calling his own shots Phillips' role as playcaller not unique among head coaches


Calling his own shots Phillips' role as playcaller not unique among head coaches
DANA POINT, Calif. - For 20 years, Wade Phillips' success as a defensive coordinator helped him land head coaching jobs with Denver, Buffalo and the Cowboys.


Entering his third year with the Cowboys, Phillips will take over control of the defense. He served in a supervisory role to Brian Stewart before taking the playcalling duties away after seven games in 2008.

"It's something I feel like I do well," Phillips said during the NFL owners' meetings, "and I don't want to take it away."

Having a head coach as a playcaller in the NFL is not new. It's not even out of the norm for the Cowboys. For some of his time, Tom Landry ran the offense and defense. Chan Gailey called the offensive plays during his two-year stint. Bill Parcells handled the playcalling in his first two seasons.

What's unusual is not having someone with the defensive coordinator title. The Cowboys are the only team with no one holding that title, and that's fine with owner and general manager Jerry Jones.

"I've always thought that I prefer the head coach being the coordinator on one side of the ball or the other," Jones said. "I've always felt that, rather than having a walk-around head coach."

But it raises the question: Are there enough hours in the day?

Since leaving the Cowboys to become New Orleans' head coach in 2006, Sean Payton has called offensive plays for the Saints.

"You have to delegate," Payton said. "You have to count on your assistants."

Offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael will run the meetings until Payton fulfills other obligations, such as dealing with the defensive and special teams staffs and meeting with the media.

"And then they catch me up to speed on recommendations for the game plan," Payton said.

After he was stripped of the playcalling duties last season, Stewart continued to run the defensive meetings. While acknowledging he will have to lean on assistants Todd Grantham and Dave Campo, who have coordinator experience, Phillips said he will lead the meetings and present the game plan to the players.

"I really want to lean on myself a little more," Phillips said.

Phillips' top responsibility is to the entire team as head coach, but he cannot be in two places at once, which was partly behind his desire to hire Dan Reeves. Assistant head coach Jason Garrett is entering his third season as an offensive playcaller and has veteran assistants Hudson Houck, Ray Sherman, Wade Wilson, John Garrett and Skip Peete to lean on.

"You see the other side of the ball, but you have confidence, which I do, in Jason Garrett, and we've got a great staff over there," Phillips said. "That's not going to change a whole lot. I'll talk to Jason a lot."

Gamedays represent another challenge. Managing the game - not just one unit - is a must. The head coach determines whether to take a fourth-down chance, whether to try an onside kick, whether to kick a field goal, whether to accept a penalty.

"Every week presents something different to a head coach," said Miami's Tony Sparano, who called the offense for the Cowboys in 2006 but let coordinator Dan Henning do so for the Dolphins, "and I think any coach will tell you that no matter how long you've done it."

San Diego's Norv Turner said he gives his assistant coaches different areas of responsibility during games, like down-and-distance situations, "to help when you're making the transition from playcaller to decision maker," Turner said.

Rex Ryan is entering his first year as a head coach with the New York Jets. Like Phillips, Ryan earned his job with his defensive expertise, running a Baltimore defense from 2005-08 that never finished lower than sixth in the NFL.

And like Phillips, he will lean on himself and call the defensive plays in 2009.

"Shoot, this is my one shot. I might as well go with myself," Ryan said. "I know I can do that as well as anybody in the league."

In a lot of ways, Phillips feels the same.

Taking control Wade

Phillips will be among 10 head coaches to call either offensive or defensive plays in 2009 for their teams.

Team Coach Unit

Arizona Ken Whisenhunt offense

Chicago Lovie Smith defense

Denver Josh McDaniels offense

Green Bay Mike McCarthy offense

New Orleans Sean Payton offense

NY Jets Rex Ryan defense

Oakland Tom Cable* offense

San Diego Norv Turner offense

Washington Jim Zorn offense

* Cable called the plays in Oakland at the end of last year and is expected to continue this season.

Playcallers for New England's offense, Kansas City's offense and Seattle's defense have not been determined



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