Jerry Jones announced Monday at a press conference in Irving, Texas, that he was replacing Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. It was a first for Jones, who had never fired or replaced a coach mid-season. But the outspoken owner said that he wanted change, according to ESPN, and that Jason Garrett was the man he believed could do that for the Cowboys, who have had a dismal first half of the 2010 NFL season.
“An in-season coaching change is not something I’ve done before, something I was reluctant to do as recently as last week,” Jones told reporters. “But I think what’s best for the organization and the fans is a coaching change.”
Jason Garrett was then announced as the interim head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
“I do believe Jason has the temperament, the disposition, to affect the culture to change,” Jones observed. “I think this is important.”
Although many in the Dallas press and their myriad fan base had called for Wade Phillips to be fired in the past several weeks, Jerry Jones continued to say up until this week that Wade Phillips would remain head coach until season’s end. But that was before the Cowboys were utterly humiliated on national television by the Green Bay Packers, 45-7.
If a team ever looked like they didn’t want to be where they were, it was the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field.
Wade Phillips was the model of dejection after the loss. “We looked like a bad football team – with bad coaching.”
A very agitated Jerry Jones stated, “There are a lot of people here who are certainly going to suffer and suffer consequences. I’m talking about within the team — players, coaches who have got careers. This is certainly a setback. I know firsthand what it is to have high expectations.”
Those high expectations included a possible run on the Super Bowl, which is to be held at Cowboys Stadium this year. There is little doubt that Jerry Jones was hoping his team, which many believed would not only win the NFC East Division but would also take the NFC Conference title, would make it into the Super Bowl, becoming the first team to ever play in the game when their stadium played host.
But with a 1-7 start, it looks as if the Dallas Cowboys might be watching the Super Bowl this season instead of playing in it. They are nearly at the mark where teams rarely even make it into the playoffs as Wild Cards.
Still, if Jerry Jones’ words after the Sunday night loss weren’t enough to convince that a coaching change was coming to Dallas, the report out of Irving that Jones had announced early Monday that there would be a 4:00 p.m. CST press conference certainly did.
Not only did Jerry Jones fire his head coach, but he needed a defensive coordinator as well, because Wade Phillips also filled that position. He named Paul Pasqualoni to that position.
Wade Phillips became head coach in 2007 and left the Cowboys with 35-23 record with the organization. He took the Cowboys to two NFC East championships and coached them to their first playoff victory since 1996. As a head coach, Phillips’ overall record is 83-65.
“Cowboys’ Wade Phillips fired,” ESPN.go.com