He couldn’t take it anymore after that 45-7 shellacking the Dallas Cowboys suffered at the hands of the Packers in Green Bay and on national television. It was simply embarrassing. And coupled with the most blank look Wade Phillips ever displayed on the sidelines, you could sense Sunday night’s loss was indicative that something, or someone, was about to go down when they returned to Valley Ranch.
“There are a lot of people here who are certainly going to suffer and suffer consequences,” Jones said after the game. “I’m talking about within the team, players, coaches, who have got careers.”
Not even Stevie had to wonder what that meant.
Then news broke hours later on Monday afternoon in Dallas that Jones did indeed fire Phillips as head coach of the Cowboys. Since this is a mid season move, and the first time the Cowboys have ever faced such, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett is now interim head coach. And since Phillips was also defensive coordinator, Jones said defensive line coach, Paul Pasqualoni, would assume those duties.
Phillips leaves behind a good legacy with the Cowboys, coaching them to a 34-22 record in four seasons and a 1-2 in the playoffs. His best regular season record with Dallas was in 2007 when they went 13-3 but after a bye week lost to the New York Giants.
I’m not surprised at all he was fired. Do I think it’s fair? Absolutely not. The disaster in Dallas was not all the Phillips’ fault; there’s a whole heap of players Jones could point to the hot seat as well, along with a few coaches, including Garrett, whose offensive play calling has been [justifiably] crucified the last two seasons.
And Jones should point at himself, too. He hired Garrett before he did Phillips and you can tell the two are not on the same page on game day. Isn’t Jones also the genius general manager who has final say on players selected, and many, who after one year of putting in work , are now just overpaid and no longer working hard for their money?
Fans spent hundreds and thousands to see a winning product on the field but a 1-7 record says Jones’ Boys are not playing worth a quarter.
So isn’t this debacle is also a reflection of Jones in addition to Phillips? I think so. But knowing Jones triples as owner, president and general manager who takes all credit for the Cowboys success, it’s awfully clear he dare not do so with the failures.
Their failures to execute on offense and defense escalated to epic status on Sunday night all fell on Phillips. The man looked so miserable during and after the game he couldn’t get words together to explain what happened; just conceded to a sound beating. “They whipped us about every way you can whip somebody,” Phillips said during his post game conference.
“We looked like a bad team, with bad coaching. That’s the way we played.”
This high dollar franchise can’t afford to be losers. The Cowboys needs a coach who can implement mad discipline methods and light fire under their butts so they’d win games and get fans a fair return on their investments.
But Phillips looked like he was sick and tired of trying and wanted to be put out of his misery. And at his admittance to defeat in every which way, Jones obliged.
May Phillips rest peacefully now that he’s been released from Jerry’s World.