On Monday, November 8th 2010, Cowboy’s head owner Jerry Jones had fired head coach Wade Phillips, naming offensive coordinator Jason Garrett as his successor. Phillips had coached the Dallas Cowboys since the start of the 2007 season, and after going 1-7 this season, was finally ousted.
Team owner Jones was very open after the 45-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football, saying “There are a lot of people here who are certainly going to suffer and suffer consequences”, and as if on cue, called a meeting November 8th with the team management, and shortly after reporting Wade’s tenure. Turmoil had been felt within the organization throughout most of the season. With Dallas having secured the location for the Super Bowl XLV, the team had wanted to be the first in history to compete in their home stadium this year, however as the season progressed, simply making the playoffs began to slip through their grasp. An injured starting quarterback (Tony Romo), and a lagging run offense did not help in matters.
Jerry Jones has never been labeled a owner who is afraid to get overly-involved with the team, already having named seven different head coaches in his tenure, with greats and hall of famers such as Jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells. Under Jerry Jones’ management, the organization has won three Super Bowls, three conference championships, and eight division championships.
Wade Phillips, son of fellow Dallas Cowboy head coach “Bum” Phillips, has definitely had previous experience as a head coach, helming such teams as the New Orlean Saints (winning percentage .250), the Denver Broncos (winning percentage .500), the Buffalo Bills (winning percentage .604), and the Atlanta Falcons (winning percentage .667). His record as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys was an accumulative .630 percent, however in 2010 the Cowboys held only a .125 winning record.
Now with newly appointed head coach Jason Garrett at the helm, if the Cowboy’s can’t turn around their losing record, one would wonder who will take the blame next? The new head coach? The players, for not perfoming up to expectations? Jerry Jones, for assuming too much responsibility as team owner and general manager? Only time will tell.