Thursday night’s game will mark Wade Phillips’ first visit to JerryWorld since he was fired by the Cowboys midway through the 2010 season.

Phillips who is now the defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans couldn’t survive the club’s 1-7 start that season. Jerry Jones fired Mr. Fix It and replaced him with Jason Garrett who is entering his third full season at the helm.

“I think Wade did a lot for us” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “The players played hard for him. I think they enjoyed playing for Wade. We had some good runs. I thought we had a couple shots there. One season I think we were 13-3 (in 2007). I was convinced we maybe had the best team in the NFL that year. Obviously we didn’t get it done.”

Phillips departed with a 34-22 record that included two playoff appearances. That 2007 team entered the NFC playoffs as the No. 1 seed only to lose to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants after a bye week.

In 2009 the Cowboys again won the NFC East and downed Philadelphia in a wild-card game before losing to Minnesota in the divisional round.

“He made a mark here and the guys did play hard for him” Jones said. “We had some of our best seasons in the last 15 years under Coach Phillips.

“It’ll be great to have him back. We still get to see him. Obviously we have here his son and it’ll be good to see Wade.”