The Dallas Cowboys are 1-7 this season. The numbers are astounding, regardless if one is a Dallas Cowboys fan or not. The Cowboys were chosen by nearly all but the most diehard New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins fans (and Dallas Cowboys haters) to finish at the top of the NFC East. Many picked them to not only win the Division but to also win the NFC championship and make it into the Super Bowl. With a record of 1-7 and quarterback Tony Romo out for at least 4-6 more games, the Cowboys are on the verge of playing .500 football at best and having a losing season at worst. And the rumblings of a coaching change, of firing head coach Wade Phillips, especially after the humiliating defeat suffered by the Cowboys on national television Sunday evening at the hands of the Green Bay Packers, have grown into a roar. And the change might come Monday afternoon, according to ESPN, CBS Sports, and other sources.
It even looks as if Jerry Jones, the Cowboys’ outspoken owner, has had enough. After watching a few mistakes that cost his team the first two games of the season snowball into more and more mistakes and overall poor playing, not to mention one loss after another, it appears that Jones has had enough. After the loss to the Packers, Jones said, “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 first hand what it is to have high expectations.”
High expectations? Sports analysts were touting the Cowboys as the Super Bowl contenders if they could by the New Orleans Saints, the Minnesota Vikings, and the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay lost their star running back, Minnesota looked like a Dallas mirror, and even New Orleans lost a couple games that shocked a few people. But where those teams have picked up a few wins, the lackluster Cowboys have not.
And Wade Phillips may find himself replaced. In fact, CBS Sports and ESPN are insinuating that he already has…
ESPN reported that Phillips’ Cowboys-leased SUV was not at the training facility Monday morning for the usual Jerry Jones get-together with the coaching staff. However, it was later reported that Phillips was indeed present and hard at work at the Valley Ranch training facility.
CBS Sports also reported that the Dallas Cowboys have called for a press conference for 4:00 p.m. CST. By all indications, a press conference in the middle of the day following a 45-7 loss — and a losing season — does not bode well for head coach Wade Phillips, whether he is in attendance at the Cowboys facility or not.
But should Coach Phillips get the axe?
The question should be: Why shouldn’t Wade Phillips be fired? Head coaches are expected to put together winning teams. The winningest team in NFL history expected their team to be at the head of their Division halfway through the NFL season. Jones expected his team to head toward the playoffs with a good shot at going to the Super Bowl, which, incidentally, is to be played in Cowboys Stadium this season. Instead, they find themselves in dead last with a record reflected by only one other team in the League and only one win more than the League’s worst team, the Buffalo Bills. Past seasons’ poor playoff performances aside, the Cowboys have failed to meet any expectations this season.
So… Shouldn’t Wade Phillips be fired?
A visibly demoralized Phillips told reporters after the game Sunday night, “We looked like a bad football team – with bad coaching.”
Phillips has not confirmed whether or not he has talked with Jerry Jones about his future with the Dallas Cowboys.
The truth of the matter is that Dallas looked liked a “bad football team — with bad coaching.” The truth of the matter is Jones looks ready to do a major overhaul, and he did mention that coaches would suffer consequences. And then there is the matter of that foreboding announcement about the press conference.
Sometimes, looks are not deceiving.
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“All Indication are that Phillips will be fired today,” CBSSports.com
“Wade Phillips Fired? Signals Are Mixed,” CBSSports.com