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Phillips' knack for juggling duties is key

For Cowboys to succeed, coach must maintain balance as defensive coordinator

Updated: March 24, 2010, 9:35 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

ORLANDO, Fla. -- When Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Phillips took over the defensive coordinator duties, it seemed to give him new life.

In 2008, when Brian Stewart and Phillips shared defensive play-calling duties, the Cowboys finished with the eighth-best defense in the NFL and allowed 22.8 points per game.

Last season, with Phillips doing basically everything after Stewart was released, the Cowboys ranked ninth overall on defense but led the NFC by allowing just 15.6 points a game. ...

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