Originally Posted by Mr teX
But if he sticks around, slowly but surely his critics will come out of the woodworks. It happened in Dallas & it'll happen here if he stays long enough.
I wonder if anybody as a HC can ever truly succeed in Dallas.
I mean, honestly...since Jimmy Johnson left there's been some residue that Switzer inherited and won a Super Bowl with (though I still give the guy a lot of credit, don't get me wrong).
But after that, what's happened there? Jerry Jones has created a situation in Dallas, IMO, where a HC can never be a HC in the truest sense. It's happening a lot in major pro sports leagues--the concept of the authoritative HC being watered down and the inmates running the asylum--but in Dallas, IMO, it's magnified more because of JERRY JONES.
To me, Jerry Jones has created an organizational environment where players know that Jerry is ultimately everything Cowboys. He's the owner, he's practically the GM, and he wants to be a coach "figure" of sorts. If you play in Dallas, your loyalty is to Jerry and not to any HC who will just be gone in a couple of years anyways.
All of that is to say this: Wade Phillips would probably do fairly well as Texans HC if it were to happen. He'd be given as much loyalty as McNair gave Kubiak, as much time as he gave Kubiak, and Wade's personality fits the town of Houston. He'd be hands-off with the offense, hiring someone to run it. But would he be the defensive version of Kubiak and try to run the defense even though he'd have a DC working for him in that capacity? Maybe.
A lot of these great coaches in the NFL have had some fortunate bounces of the ball go their way. Does Bill Belichick become a legend if Tom Brady had been drafted by the Packers and not the Patriots? Does Mike Shanahan win a Super Bowl without John Elway and Terrell Davis? Mike McCarthy looked like a goat, as did his GM, when they got rid of Favre...Packers nation thought it was the end of the world, and all that happened is a dominating QB named Aaron Rodgers made them change their minds very quickly.
The idea of who is more valuable is a sticky situation, IMO. Maybe a franchise style superstar like Michael Jordan is more valuable than anyone else in the whole Bulls franchise??? Maybe Peyton Manning was more valuable than Irsay, Dungy, Moore, and all the well-placed role players that supported his vast talents? It's possible that a superstar game-dominator (Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady) is more valuable than any other person out there.