Wade is coming back for another season


Source: Phillips to return for '10 season
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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has decided that head coach Wade Phillips will return next season despite the team's 34-3 loss Sunday to the Minnesota Vikings, a high-ranking team source said Monday.

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There has been no decision on whether to negotiate an extension of Phillips' current contract, the source said. The Cowboys control Phillips' fate because they have an option for the 2010 season under terms of Phillips' original contract that will play him close to the $3 million he earned this season when he served as the league's only head coach-defensive coordinator.

The Cowboys have made no official decision or announcement on Phillips' future.

Jones has indicated for weeks that Phillips was likely to return but remained non-committal following Sunday's lopsided defeat that eliminated the Cowboys from the NFC playoffs.

A Cowboys spokesman said the head coach is not expected to speak to the media Monday and nothing has been scheduled for him to speak the rest of the week.

Phillips won the first playoff game of his head coaching career when Dallas beat the Philadelphia Eagles in a first-round game.

Under Phillips, the Cowboys have claimed two NFC East titles in three seasons. This year, his defense allowed the fewest points in the NFC.

The source also said that disappointing wide receiver Roy E. Williams -- who made $9 million this season -- is certain to return after a lackluster first full season with the Cowboys. Williams' season ended with him failing to make a single reception against the Vikings. Quarterback Tony Romo threw his direction only once, a throwaway under pressure.