Phillips out; Garrett in

“Bringing in a new coach isn’t gonna do anything for us,” said Cowboys WR Roy Williams, after last night’s 45-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers. “I don’t put anything on coach. It’s on the players.”

As if this weekend wasn’t wild enough, a major move was made within the Cowboys organization, as Jerry Jones fired Wade Phillips.

Jones repeatedly said he wouldn’t make any coaching decisions during this season, but enough was enough.

Over the last two games, the Cowboys lost both by a total score of 80-24. Overall, Phillips went 34-22 (60.7%) in the regular season as Cowboys head coach.

Jason Garrett will take over interim head coaching duties for the rest of this season, and will probably be in the running for the permanent head coaching position in 2011. Phillips was also the defensive coordinator, so the Cowboys will have to promote some assistant coach to that role, as Garrett is an offensive coach.

Whoever is going to attempt to fix the debacle in Dallas needs a strong personality and Super Bowl winning experience. Bill Cowher, Brian Billick and Jon Gruden are atop that list.

Cowher, Billick and Gruden are all in broadcasting and have won a Super Bowl before. It is going to take a lot of convincing on Jerry Jones’ part to get one of them to coach in Dallas.

Other names being mentioned are Titans head coach Jeff Fisher and Panthers head coach John Fox. Both Fox and Fisher have been to the Super Bowl as head coaches, but lost on the last play of the game (Fisher: SB XXXIV, Fox: SB XXXVIII).

The Cowboys are currently 1-7 overall and 0-2 in the division. Only the Panthers (1-7) and the Bills (0-8) have worse records.

Even if this change results in Dallas running the table and finishing 9-7, they will still likely miss the playoffs.

Wouldn’t that be ironic? After Jerry Jones swallows his pride and fires Wade Phillips, the Cowboys go undefeated in the second half of the season, but miss the playoffs for the seventh time in the last 11 years.

Oh well.

Thanks for reading.

-Mike

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