Wade Phillips doesn't sweat distractions

Cowboys' coach remains consistent even with expectations at a Super Bowl level

Updated: September 8, 2010, 12:09 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Keith Brooking playfully ripped the imaginary monkey off his head coach's back while the final seconds ticked off the clock at the end of Wade Phillips' first playoff win.

Nice gesture, but nine months later, Phillips can still feel hot primate breath on the back of his neck.

"It's a gorilla on your back if you're a head coach in the NFL," Phillips said. "That's the way it is."

Phillips wasn't whining, just stating a fact. That sort of pressure is permanent ...

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