Phillips won't be fired, Jones says

Updated: October 16, 2009, 7:58 PM ET
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Wade Phillips' job as coach of the Dallas Cowboys is safe for the remainder of the season, owner Jerry Jones said Thursday.

Jones was confronted with questions about Phillips' job status for the second consecutive week. Last week, he said his coach would finish out the season "without equivocation."

"We've got a chance to get a lot of things done," Jones said Thursday during his weekly radio interview on KRLD-FM. "And we've got a lot of football left to play, and we've got some good people that not only can play it but coach it."

Jones' endorsement of Phillips for the rest of this season comes during Dallas' bye week and follows what could have been one of the Cowboys' worst losses ever -- had they not defeated the winless Kansas City Chiefs in overtime Sunday.

Since buying the Cowboys in 1989, Jones has never made a coaching change during the season.

Phillips is in the final year of a three-year contract, and the Cowboys have an option to bring him back in 2010.

"Two years ago the Giants were seemingly not in disarray, but they were in trouble," Jones said. "It was also absolutely expected that something was going to happen with the coach, [Tom] Coughlin. ... Well, that same year they won the Super Bowl. You've got to be mindful that this is a long, long journey. ... A lot can happen from the beginning to the end."

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