November 8th, 2010
03:25 PM ET

Wade Phillips out as Dallas Cowboys' coach

[Updated at 5:57 p.m. ET] Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed in a news conference Monday afternoon that Wade Phillips was out as the team's head coach, and that assistant head coach Jason Garrett will lead the team on an interim basis.

Jones also said he is elevating defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni to defensive coordinator.

"An in-season coaching change is something that I've not done before. It's something that I was reluctant to even consider as late as this this past week. But at this time I believe … what’s in the best interest of the organization and the fans is a coaching change," Jones said.

Jones previously had said that Phillips would finish the season as coach. But Sunday night's 45-7 loss to Green Bay - moving the Cowboys' record this season to 1-7 - helped Jones change his mind.

"I don't like the way [changing my mind] looks stability-wise as far as our organization is concerned – not my own self, but the organization – but I think [the situation] called for it, and I recognized that after the game that we just weren't playing winning football, and our best chance was to make this change," Jones said. "Now with that, I don't apologize to anybody about changing my mind."

Jones said Garrett would have a chance to secure the job long-term - especially if the team has success over the next eight games - and that Garrett has "the temperament [and] the disposition to affect a culture change."

[Original post] Wade Phillips is out as the Dallas Cowboys' head coach following an abysmal performance by the team against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, a CNN affiliate and ESPN are reporting.

Many people were expecting the move (some were demanding it), and the search "wade phillips fired" was trending No. 1 on Google on Monday afternoon.

America's Team is off to a 1-7 start, their worst since 1989, after a preseason full of Super Bowl hype. Fans and observers have placed the blame squarely on the team's coaches.

CNN affiliate KTXA in Dallas said offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, an assistant head coach and one-time Cowboys backup quarterback, will take the team's reins.

Phillips, the Cowboy's seventh coach, compiled a 35-24 record in three seasons with Dallas. Only one of those wins came in the playoffs, a 34-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009. Phillips' ouster marks the first time the Cowboys have canned a coach mid-season.

Players told CBS 11 that a team meeting was held at 3 p.m. The Cowboys are scheduled to hold a news conference at 4 p.m.

Owner Jerry Jones has repeatedly said that Phillips would finish the season, but after Sunday's 45-7 shellacking in Green Bay, he said there would be "consequences" for players and coaches.

soundoff (571 Responses)
  1. Terry - Indiana

    Hey Jerry, why not fire the whole team. It always has to be the coach's fault. The Dallas Oinkers, that is the new name of your team. Oink – Oink!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coach Ditka

      bad joke. bad comment. kill yourself. DAAAAAA BEARS

      November 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      The Bears? Really? A Bears fan making fun of another team? Really? The cowboys suck, but the bears are not a huge improvement. They'll be watching the playoffs with Dallas.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DallasSeasonTicketHolder

    The problem is, and is only, the owner, he hancuffs the coaches and meddles like the fool he is. Jerry has no business being anywhere near the field. GO AWAY JERRY.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coach Ditka

      "handcuffs".......

      November 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • DallasSeasonTicketHolder

      LMAO, yea

      November 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      I HOPE HE NOW SEES HOW THE LANDRY ,JOHNSON AND THE OTHERS HE DUMPED ON FELT , BUT HIS EGO IS THE SIZE OF TEXAS AND BLAMES EVERYONE ELSE . JUST ANOTHER USED CAR SALESMAN ( I AM SORRY TO MOST USED CAR SALESMEN FOR THE A COMPARISON .

      November 8, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ron

    placed the blame squarely on the team's coaches...... but offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, an assistant head coach and one-time Cowboys backup quarterback, will take the team's reins.

    and one asumes he'll be SOL when they go 1-7 the rest of the way . I'm sure Garrett knows defense too !!!! poor guy. missed out on opportunities to get saddled with this mess.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Poor Garret? The Baltimore Ravens are breatihing a collective sigh of relief that they hired someone else.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. GSA

    WOW! The Cowboys suck and they suck bad. One of the worst falls from the top (or near the top as they haven't won the SB in a bit).

    November 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. doe

    Fire Romo; he ain't good...everyone should know that by now...Romo is over-hyped for nothing. They blamed TO for all the woes; T.O goes away and what happens? Who can be blamed now? Romo, you suck real bad. Dallas needs a better QB.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seriously?

      Good get rid of Romo so you can go back to Quincy Carter, Drew Bledsoe, and Drew Henson or whatever terrible merry go round QB you will end up getting.

      Typical cowboys fan, no football knowledge what so ever.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4ever fan

      Fire Romo? Sorry, no. Did you even watch last season? Romo was setting us to be better, thus the Superbowl hype.If you are a fan man or woman, know your facts.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      You better watch what you wish for....you might end up with Jon Kitna as your starting QB!

      November 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Charlie Moose

    America's Team???
    Speak for yourself, I refuse to lowering my standards to that level.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SurfKnut

    America's team...well I can't think of a better way to respresent the stae of the union than 1-7.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ADiff

    If I had to pick 'America's Team', I'm afraid I'd have to pass on the Cowboys, and go with the USMC.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coach Ditka

      nobody likes a smartass

      November 8, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jdmintexas

    Now if Jerry Jones would just fire himself, we would be in business.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JM

    Back when the Cowboys played in Texas Stadium, they were known as "God's Team" and the reason there was a hole in the roof of the stadium was so he could see his team play on game day.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jazz

    Dont forget to watch Conan tonight..Cowboys are old news here Thanks to the Texas Rangers & TCU...

    November 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. #1 Dallas fan

    They need a new qb romo sucks!!!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Liberal4Obama

    What took them so long, the guy has been a disaster ever since he was hired.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coach Ditka

      wait is this comment about obama or phillips????

      November 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texan

      They need a new team

      November 8, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dr. Evil

    Exactly WHY are the Cowboys America's team? Shouldn't it be, hmmm let me THINK, the Patriots? Throw me a frickin' bone here, guys...seriously...

    November 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seriously?

      They are America's team because a 70s sports writer called them that because of their QB from navy. In reality they are more hated than the Raiders were hated at their height. In face Cowboys pretty much equate to raiders

      November 8, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4ever fan

      And how did that loss to the Browns feel yesterday?

      November 8, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4ever fan

      And you let the Browns beat you? That was amazing.Nice job Brady.See even the best go down.That includes Brady.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Not!

    The Cowgirls...er...I mean Cowboys are not America's team! They've always been a bunch of a**holes.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texan

      AMEN ! ! ! !

      November 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
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