ARLINGTON — Wade Phillips isn't the type of guy who carries a public grudge. The Houston Texans defensive coordinator has touched almost as many hands on his return to the Dallas area as Rick Perry at a Texas A&M Yell Leader reunion.
But that doesn't mean the Dallas Cowboys — the team that hasn't made the playoffs since Jerry Jones fired Phillips — are going to escape the coach's biting wit.
Phillips unleashed quite the little tweet on his return to Jerry World. And it was almost underground enough for everyone to miss it.
Heading for Cowboy\AT$T stadium. Can't wait to see how young guys play tonight.— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) August 29, 2013
Notice how Phillips replaced the & sign in AT&T Stadium with a $. Think that wasn't intentional?
Of course, Jerry Jones — after crowing about the stadium being called Cowboys Stadium for years — infamously sold out for the corporate giant's mega cash earlier this summer. Leave it to Wade, whose SonOfBum is one of the most quietly brilliant Twitter accounts in all of sports, to have some fun with that as only he can.
You know Phillips doesn't mean anything malicious by it. He's just being Wade. He also tweeted about missing out on getting back to Billy Bob's in Fort Worth — which only bills itself as the world's largest honky tonk. (Everyone knows Wade Phillips can dance.)
Besides, Jerry Jones has a lot more reasons to harbor regrets than Phillips.
His Cowboys haven't even finished above .500 since firing Phillips. The Curse of The Son of Bum?
If Jones hadn't panicked and jettisoned Wade midway through the 2010 season, you have to believe that things would be a whole lot different for both the Cowboys and the Texans these days. Phillips' teams make the postseason. He won two NFC East titles in his three and a half seasons as the Cowboys head coach. His .607 winning percentage is behind only the Jimmy Johnson-coattail-riding Barry Switzer's .625 in Cowboys history.
Sure, it's a much smaller sample size, but Phillips is even ahead of the legendary hat man himself Tom Landry's .605 Dallas winning percentage. And the Texans are two for two in playoff appearances since he joined Gary Kubiak.
Why wouldn't he enjoy his return to the $ Stadium's sidelines?