Wade Phillips' defense falls from grace

Cowboys defense ranks 27th in points allowed this season after leading NFL in 2009

Updated: October 29, 2010, 12:03 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas defense played like Doomsday III down the stretch last season, when the Cowboys clinched the NFC East crown with the first consecutive shutouts in franchise history.

But that defense has contributed to Dallas' doom six games into this season.

Forget about Wade Phillips' flaws as a head coach for a moment. Jerry Jones didn't hire Phillips to be a stern disciplinarian. Phillips is here primarily because he had proven himself as one of the NFL's top defensive ...

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